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December 27, 2009

Brian Head Ski School

Took a while to update the site with details of the latest trip because I was working the whole time I was in Utah this trip and got out three days but it was for an hour here hour there. This trip reminded me what I love about Brian Head.

Jarrett was still really struggling trying to get out of his wedge. If we got on anything steeper than a green, he went right back into it and it makes life horrible to try and teach because I lack patience and in general did not have the time to spend an entire day on the slopes anyway this trip.

We took him to the Kids Camp at Brian Head in part against his wishes. He wants to ski with Jake, Jackson, and me who are all level 9 skiers and he is a level 4ish though after three days in ski school he is probably approaching level 6. So needless to say his 15 year old uncle and 13 year old brother don't really want to ski with a level 4 eight year old.

The Kids Camp is so awesome. Because he is beyond learn to ski, he got a class with two kids on two of the days and was the only kid with the instructor on the third day. Drastic improvements in three days. They covered the entire mountain including the main Giant Steps area. Good meal. Great lessons.

Net is that Brian Head may lack steeps, but the snow is usually good, the staff is great, the town is friendly, the prices are right, and it is an absolutely outstanding mountain to learn to ski at.

Wednesday was a very good day with a foot of fresh, but the upper mountain was closed so we only snuck in about an hour and a half during my lunch. Before that... not so much. But the resort is 100% open and there is good snow cover. Now it is just timing the big storms.

Posted by Justin at 10:26 AM | Comments (1)

December 21, 2009

Snow Storm on its Way Tonight

A decent sized storm is expected across UT tonight and tomorrow and hopefully it will add some fresh to Brian Head before we leave on Wed night.

Went out yesterday and it was corduroy and a pretty pleasant day all things considered. Good weather. Not crowded at all. Didn't ski the whole day, but took a few runs with Jarrett.

I am stuck working at the condo with the new job, but sent Jake and Jackson off and took Jarrett to ski school for the day. He is still wedge turning and needs some help. Only two kids in his class which should get him some quality time.

The fireplace and living room are done. Brought my old Sony stereo up and some speakers. Got a Bluray player. Getting settled in nicely.

I will post the results of the storm. In the meantime, hope everyone is enjoying the holidays.

Posted by Justin at 03:23 PM

December 09, 2009

Riverside at Rio Grande Club - Wolf Creek, CO

Riverside at Rio Grande is a new shared ownership resort just down the mountain from Wolf Creek on the East side. Normally, I stay on the west side of the pass in Pagosa Springs due to proximity to PHX, but got an offer to come up and check out the new resort.

I am going to take a trip to Wolf Creek in January and would be there this week with the 4' dump, but am stuck moving.

Check out some of the details on their golf course and other amenities.

THE CLUB BOASTS an 18-hole championship course given six stars by Golf Digest. The Club opened in 2003 to rave reviews, and was ranked by Golf Digest as #6 in the Top 10 Best New Upscale Courses. With the highest elevation at over 8500 feet, you can expect your golf ball to fly beyond your wildest dreams. This is pure mountain golf at its finest.

AS AN OWNER AT RIVERSIDE, you’ll enjoy views of the Rio Grande River and private access to the longest and wildest continuous stretch of Gold Medal water in Colorado. You’ll find 20 miles of hungry cutthroats, browns and rainbows on one of the most under-fished rivers in the state. There are over 500 miles of tributaries and creeks, as well as mountain lakes to keep you busy all year-round.

WITH THAT MUCH WATER, it’s not unusual to go all day long without seeing another angler. You might just get lonely if it weren’t for the Fishing Lodge located a short walk from your doorstep at Riverside. Here, you can cozy up to the fire in the cooler months, or sit out on the wrap around porch and swap fish tales until it’s time for dinner. If you love to fish, this must be heaven.

Wolf Creek is my favorite mountain to ski, but most specifically Alberta on a powder day. Trees. No lift lines. Waterfall area. Hiking. Just perfection. Run after run. Having a great place to stay just minutes away is even better. Especially because the East Side of the pass rarely closes due to avalanche danger.

Thanks Vik for the invite. Cannot wait.

Posted by Justin at 01:33 PM

December 08, 2009

Stimulus Money to Fight Snowboard and Ski Theft

Got the following SLC Tribune article forwarded by a reader this weekend:

Brian Head » The battle is on to prevent ski and snowboard thefts in Utah, and the new front is at Brian Head.

Police in this resort town are using federal stimulus money to buy a tracking device that will allow them to keep tabs on snowboard thieves. Chief Gary Bulloch also plans to borrow a van full of surveillance equipment to catch thieves on camera.

"You get young kids that have worked all summer to buy a new snowboard and they're taken out of the ski season," said Bulloch. "That Christmas morning gift, that is gone by the first of January."

Brian Head isn't the only resort town trying to clamp down. Sheriffs' offices in Salt Lake, Summit and Cache counties use sting operations to catch thieves. Last ski season, Park City police started a registry in which skiers and snowboarders can log the make, model and serial number of their ski gear.

The tactics highlight an overlooked security aspect of recreational skiing: How skis and snowboards, sometimes worth thousands of dollars, are left unprotected on racks outside lodges.

The outdoor industry manufactures locks to tether skis and snowboards to racks and railings, but the locks receive scant attention from consumers and retailers.

If you steal gear, you are the lowest form of life. Get a job. Work for it yourself.

This ain't ducking an occasional line to hit a closed run. This is someone's trip that you are taking away.

Posted by Justin at 02:06 PM

Huge Storm Closes Most of Wolf Creek Due to Avalanche Danger

Wolf Creek reports 51" in the last 72 hours and has the following at their main site:

CDOT IS CONDUCTING AVALANCHE CONTROL WORK ON THE WEST SIDE OF WOLF CREEK PASS TODAY DECEMBER 8TH. THEY DO NOT EXPECT THE ROAD TO RE-OPEN IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE. THE SKI AREA IS OPEN AND CAN BE ACCESSED FROM THE SOUTH FORK SIDE (EAST SIDE).

Their snow report lists the following:

Number of Lifts : 5; THE ALBERTA LIFT WILL BE CLOSED TODAY Water Fall Area : CLOSED DUE TO HIGH AVALANCHE RISK Alberta Peak Area : CLOSED DUE TO HIGH AVALANCHE RISK Knife Ridge : CLOSED DUE TO HIGH AVALANCHE RISK Horseshoe Bowl Area : CLOSED DUE TO HIGH AVALANCHE RISK

Tomorrow is Local Appreciation Day and lift tickets are $31 for adults. This is the sickest deal in the history of skiing. $31 for skiing a four plus foot dump? More snow coming today?

Posted by Justin at 02:00 PM

December 07, 2009

Huge Storm Tonight in AZ, CO, UT

Stay off the roads. Several feet. Blizzard warnings. Big time. A gift to resorts right before the busiest season of the year.

Posted by Justin at 09:33 PM