I’m moving on…

November 23, 2009

You heard me. I’m moving on. and it’s to bigger and better pastures…

oh, me? no, not me personally…I”m staying in Denver.

Its just that part of Bleeding Senses will be moving on to a more appropriate venue — specifically the blogs on WESTWORD.COM!!!

http://blogs.westword.com/ontheedge/

yes, yours truly is now an official and REAL (read: underpaid) blogger for an actual publication (and a damn cool one at that)

Now hopefully this first blog post doesn’t get my season pass revoked…

I present to you: Sin Your Way Through Ski Season
(oh, and i’m clearly not Joe Tone… though hopefully the byline has been corrected to say my name by the time anyone reads this)

http://blogs.westword.com/ontheedge/2009/11/seven-deadly-sin_your_way_thro.php

Otherwise, I plan on staying up as your normal, less-than-frequently-updated source for all second-hand news about phish and the Denver jamband scene… afterall, where else will my loyal seven get their news?

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it starts…

October 8, 2009

R1-23A

so, i’m a day behind posting about the start of the 09-10 ski season at Loveland here in Colorado…

so, here it is:

Loveland opened yesterday with three runs and 18 inches of man-made white-ribbon of death. For the first time in three years, I have missed opening day and am a bit saddened by it… but I think i’m going to make it up tomorrow (friday) and get my first turns in.

from the post:
“Loveland Ski Area opened for the winter season on Wednesday, its earliest opening day in 40 years.

The ski area about 50 miles west of Denver is believed to be the first resort to open in the U.S., but not by much. The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort also opened Wednesday, four hours after Loveland.

The trade group National Ski Areas Association isn’t aware of any other resorts that have opened already.

Colorado ski areas have taken advantage of recent cold weather to start making snow early.

More than 100 people were in line when the lifts began moving at 9 a.m. at Loveland. Ski area spokesman John Sellers says a handful of skiers even camped in the parking lot overnight for the chance to ride the first chair on the lift.

Snowboarder Jesse Csincsak of Breckenridge, the winner of the fourth-season of “The Bachelorette,” was among the three people in the first chair up the mountain. He arrived at 3 p.m. Tuesday to secure the spot.

“It’s been a dream of mine for 10 years, and now it’s about to become reality,” he said.

The crowd counted down from 10 and then the lift started moving.

Arapahoe Basin often vies with Loveland to be the first Colorado ski area to open. It intends to open Friday, its earliest start ever. It plans to open some of the features in its terrain park in addition to one run. ”

hell yeah. prepare for more ski-posts!!!!!

vailgraffic

So, I just got accepted to graduate school. A bit late, I know… but I’ll be a DU Pioneer starting this fall and running though the next two years or so of my life… which, by my calculations, means that I won’t be getting as much skiing in as I did last year (who am I kidding, I’ll never ski as much as I did last year as a jobless journalist).

That said, at least this year I’ll have all sorts of school breaks to enjoy… And I bet I can make do with only 25-30 days this year.

Anyway, continuing on with a recap of last winter from my ski journal:

Day 23 – Vail, Dec. 27 with Nick and Erin
Up Rasta, then two runs off 2 (barry’s and lodgepole. soft snow all around)
Erin went in with cold toes, Nick and I went off to game creek for two runs.
Nicks on his new boards, I’m on the 162 (still not comfy yet)
-single digit temps
-stopped in at midVail for a beam and coke
4 > northwoods
1 > frontside > vistabahn > tress on frontside

Day 24, A-Basin Solo

Day 25, A-Basin Solo — slid boxes all day.

Day 26, Jan 9 @ Beaver Creek with Nick and Torrey
-need to ride here more.
-harrier, above this in the aspen grove *need to learn this*
-beers @ hut
-up 8
xdown through red buffalo and jack rabbit
end with apres at blue moose pizza, crashing at the Benson’s for the night.

Day 27, Jan 10 – Vail w. Erin and Danielle taking it crusy today.
mostly off 4, 11, 10 and 2
ended the day taking burners through xmas glades > lower riva glades
apres at pazos

Day 28, Vail, Jan 11 – with nick, Brian, Elise and Lulu
VB > 4
Northwoods > klickety klack
up ten – BINDING BROKE > down to bottom of chair 14 > up to patrol shack > down NW to base.
in by 11.

Day 29, Keystone – Solo jan 12
rode up, through windows. Nice trees out skiers left of Wildcard/Crap Game
ripped up the ptex in snakepit
adjusted board at bottom of santiago (success!), then up through last alamo glades
up santiago express again, then to “the corral” WAY TOO FLAT, though thick in the trees.
Between WolfDen and Bushwhacker off outback b/c of snow drift
back to the front on ruby 6
down “my way’ (frenchman > irishman > paymaster through the trees)
ripped a big chunk out of the 162 again
back up and down ‘my way’, dropping irishman cliffs and BIG ROCKS.

Day 30, Jan 14 – Vail Solo
16 > 3
down game creek into ‘the woods’
up 7 then down sun down bowl to 5
up 5 and then down xmal glades.
down to bottom to switch boards to 159 Option
16 >4
northwoods. Nice and soft. Cruised around 6 and up to 10 to 14. 14 > 2 elk for free crackers for lunch.
dropped off poppyfields after lunch. really soft.
21 > down inner mongoloia and it was SO SICK. Back up 21 to do teacup then head home.

Day 31, Vail, Jan 15 with Bazoo, Farrell and Mac
– killing fresh groomies on the frontside all morning
up 4 to northwoods, had three nice runs there on three-day-old soft snow.
up 11 over the bluesky catwalk > yonder gulley that dumps into the bottom of teacup lift.
[notes end]

Day 32 – Vail Solo Jan 16
up 16, then up 3 then out sun up ALL the way over the ridge to O.S.
Very nice pow at top through the trees, but chopped and tracked at the bottom.
Went to Northwoods for a run, went high and ended up on the top of Flap Jack… (note, 10 to the woods above flapjack are WAY TOO TIGHT)
Rode 11 and 10 for three or four runs before doing a frontside tree run to the bottom of the rastabahn… got stuck in a tree well)
On the way back up I had a “20 year vet” of VSP tell me about Chow Box, Just uphill from the pumphouse.
[I can’t tell you all where this is specifically, or how to enter it…]
untouched snow up high, super steep drop off, SUPER FUN. thanks bro!
Ran that out for a bit, then one more NW run. Home by 530
Denver apres ski with Karl, Amy and Jen at Mtn. Sun Pub… I love colorado.

vailgraffic
I leave for Hawaii tomorrow morning, which officially puts to rest my winter/spring and brings in the Summer for me, In packing I had to shift around my gear closet and I finally pulled my two ski journals out of my now-hanging-in-the-gear-closet ski pants yesterday. I also found the Vail map I kept marking up all season long with newly(to me)-discovered pow stashes, tree runs of death, cliffs I have no business jumping off of and warming huts.

The idea was to keep track of the season in a way that I could go back later in life and make myself jealous of how fucking amazing it was to be 28 with an unlimited pass to Vail and the Vail resorts, no real job to speak of and a loving girlfriend who let me snowboard more than she should have. I’m going to go through the books a few ski days at a time over the next few weeks as a way of recapping the season for myself and the four or five of you that read this.

now, I will be changing some of my entries as not to disclose too big of secrets… but if you know the mountain, you should be able to figure some rough ideas out. Anyway, here is (or, was) the Winter of Boyd 2008-2009.

Ski Journal 2008-2009
day 1 – opening day with Bazoo. took five runs, both felt like our legs were going to fall off. enjoyed a mellow cruise home over the pass.

[over the next 7 trips, I forgot to keep track… but in there was the opening day at vail on nov. 7th (i think), five trips to keystone and one trip to the basin]

day 9 – day after thanksgiving. rode with Erin and her dad for a few runs at Vail, then headed back to the house they were renting for dinner.
day 10 – 9 inches of fresh powder. fresh tracks down expresso and cappucino… rode with greg for a bit, then went off with erin and lapped 16 and 3. Met up with greg after a few runs and burned the trees between over easy and avanti down to chair two. best first pow day in a long time.

day 11, Vail. the storm continued and dumped 9 more inches. Got to 16 early, then up within the first few chairs. took four laps on chair four (whisle pig, expresso, cappucino, swingsville). AMAZING snow. By noon i met up with Erin and Bill and rode chair three twice then down to lionshead where we ran into my ex girlfriend in the gondo line. headed up the gondo and then down through the little park — hit the two flat rails and and up > flat box. Erin went back to head back to Denver with her folks, I’m staying up here in the mountains with nick and torrey tonight. [the storm ended up raging all night, closing i-70 and forcing Erin to take an 8 hour trip home with her parents in the car on an all-but-closed i-70]

day 12, 12/01/08, VAil – on mountain by 9 a.m. opening. rode 16 >4 then two runs on w.pig, then over to 3 and 2 for a bit. ended the day lapping 4 > riva glade > 2 four times and then back down by 1:45 and drove home to Denver.

Day 13 – Dec 4, with e-roc. Still just the gondola and montezuma lift open. started with springdipper, then a few runs off schoolmarm. soft snow on top of manmade ice. a six run day. heading back over loveland pass, however, e-roc blacked out for a good minute. I was slapping him across the face while yelling and screaming at him as i hauled ass down the pass to a place I could pull over. By the time he came-to I was pale white with fear and he was pale-white from lack of oxygen. You’d think a kid who grew up here wouldn’t get hit hard by the sudden altitude change, but he did.

* i will continue this little series in 10 days or so, upon my return… until then, pray for snow for next season!

fun with blogging…

March 29, 2009

so, due to to the random link generator thing on my blog… if you clicked the post about the paperless tickets you might have noticed a link to this page at the very bottom for some effing pos ticket broker’s page:

http://baseballticketbroker.wordpress.com/2008/09/30/acdc-ticket-broker/

so, just know that i had nothing to do with that and have had too many margaritas from d’corazon (more on this place later) tonight to figure out how to delete that link from my page. in the meantime, feel free to read the bullsh!t on that page about how they are an ‘honest’ ticket broker and whatnot and have a laugh (or leave a comment, for all i care……)

another ski post and a rare dinner revue to come tomorrow, oh faithful seven readers (which has grown to a modest 47 in the last few days)

or I could get shot.

got to copper mountain at 9:30 today, met up with Greg and Sarah and got a comp’d pass for the day.

Went up the super bee and then down drainpipe through slightly tracked out,  yet still deep, snow. hauling ass through the moguls and finding nice 400 yard sprints of good snow was mostly how we rode it… taking a few tumbles (which do not help my plankerwanker ball rib injury whereby i fell with an 18-pack and a grill strapped to my back) and down to the resolution chair lift.

went up that, down andy’s for a second, then down towards A-chair where we met up with JD on his lunch break.. I really can’t tell you where we went after that. I’m not risking my life for you, my die-hard 7 readers… i will say that i did not see any freaking cats and that i had one of the best non-stop, top to bottom glade runs of the season. IN fact, the only other run that comes close was with JD, his cousin and greg early on this season at Vail.

up a-chair with jd, waited for greg and sarah and then made our way down andy’s to the 17 glades… rode the skiers right side of that and kept riding over on the ridge in the wind-blown waves eventually dropping down into UNTOUCHED super powder lines. It was one of those moments where you take a huge arching toe turn, put out your hand and feel the snow moving just below you… everyone was whooping and having a great time.

made it through there and traveresed over to the Steepest Trees… which, for the most part, speak for themselves. it’s cool, though, because it’s one of the steepest tree sections on the hill, and it’s literally directly at the bottom of the mountain right before the lowest cat walk. Went up, and let greg and Sarah ride a run by themselves…

they met me at the bottom, and greg and I went up for one more 17 > steepest run…

and once again, thanks to technology (though it still slightly scares me that i can be tracked… though i’m the only one watching) I can show you guys what i’m talkking about.

red = lift chair/gps glitch

yellow = 1st 17 glades > steepest

green = solo run

blue = second run through 17 > steepest

17 glades > steepest trees

at least snowboarding, that is.

since about december when i rode with will elliot at vail and he showed me iTrailMap3 (www.3dskier.com) for the iPhone, i’ve been using it to keep track of my day on the mountain.

the program pulls up it’s own GPS-style map of the mountain and tracks you (most of the time) through the mountain with a red line — whether it is over groomies or through the thickest of trees.

It works great at most resorts, but the one problem with Vail is that they have it split between the frontside and the back bowls, which is problematic when you have no idea which way you are going on the mountain and you dont feel like pulling the damn phone out every time you switch sides.

anyway, it was a fun tool because it showed you (roughly) how much vertical and how many linear miles you travel each day.

but i just discovered how much cooler it really is (or can be, now that i finally went through the whole program on my phone to see what all else it did).the thing will upload your tracks and you can not only look at them via google’s online map program, but also in google maps.

here’s me and brian’s tracks from the other day in the back of vail:

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the only other issue, as you can see, is that the reception on the gps seemed to be spotty (and in places where we went out of bounds for a bit off OH NO we dipped off the radar)… hopefully they get that worked out, because this program is cool as hell otherwise.

at smaller resorts, though, where you can just turn it on and forget about it, it does a really good job. here’s my tracks at little echo mountain (www.echomt.com) the other day. you can even see when i walked back to my car to get a drink:
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(ths place is is cool as hell if only for the history, by the way, even if you don’t ride in the park or do anything like that. check out: http://coloradoskihistory.com/areahistory/echomountain.html for more)

ANYWAY, this little app for the iphone pretty freaking cool for remembering those secret powder stashes for next season.

though I hope nobody but me is really watching. And if they are I hope they don’t ski…