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May 3, 2009, Front Range, Colorado
« on: 05/04/09, 06:23 PM »

Day 41
5.03.09
Front Range, Colorado
3,000 vertical of May Powder


My first run was at 6 am from my highpoint.   

Coming down the mountain - 1,000 VF of 6” powder over a mushy corn base, skiing absolutely perfectly - the morning sunrise splashing the white snow yellow and gold, the air still, cold and calm.  A dense fog bank hangs over the plains providing the cloud sea effect so reminiscent of PNW.  Why, wasn’t it at Alpental that I last had a May powder day so exquisite?  Yes, another solo day, another century ago…     

Powder skiing in May is one of the most sublime of pleasures.  So many dimensions of feelings, both internal and external, a cornucopia of experience in each run – lament for another winter season coming to a close, anxiety about the impending corn descents, unexpected joy from the easy corn base trapped under a blanket of unmolested cold; layer upon layer, feelings wash over me; turn after turn, I forward on in its glory. 

My cocktail of drugs keeps my cold at bay – my head feels fine, but my body hates me.  I strap on the shoes at the bottom and cruise the walk-up.  Time ticks on to 7 am.  The sun is getting higher, but the trees and north facing slope stays cool and powdery. 

I work a section of trees I’d found years ago, twisting and turning down the natural gulley, anticipating the turns and ducking the branches that fly past me.  I anticipate, but mostly let the board find its way.  SOOO GOOOD!  I stop near the bottom and look back up at my work – sultry s-turns in the virgin white, is this February or May?  (May, as I didn’t hit a log all run!). 

Drop the board and turn for run #3.

45 minutes later I’m strapping on for another untracked line…perhaps the last Powder of the season?  Perhaps.  Like old age, one day you wake up - and you're not young anymore.  It's the same with Powder - one day you wake up and realize yetserday was your last Powder day. 

Maybe.  This is Colorado.

I drive home at 8 am and mow my lawn.
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Re: May 3, 2009, Front Range, Colorado
« Reply #1 on: 05/05/09, 12:15 PM »

Hi Dave -

Powder in May in Colorado is not unusual, you just have to ski it before the sun does its work.

And yes, I do mind.  I enjoy the quiet of this place.  If I can find it, others can without my help.
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Re: May 3, 2009, Front Range, Colorado
« Reply #2 on: 05/05/09, 02:55 PM »

If it's where I think it was you heard I-70 for the first thirty minutes of your tour, it was south facing, and it begins with a "D."
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Re: May 3, 2009, Front Range, Colorado
« Reply #3 on: 05/07/09, 11:04 AM »

right on mang, thanks for the report, great to hear about trips out there.
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