When the rest of the country thinks about getting ready for winter they think about collecting fire wood, switching to snow tires, putting the snow brush back in the car and getting out boots and sweaters. That dreadful feeling returns because the rest of the country hates winter (from what I see on Facebook). I mean, I do empathize with these people because I grew up in western New York where winter is bone chilling and gray for 6 months of the year.
Up here in the high country we do all of these things too, except hate winter. We treasure winter, and if you don’t, then you should probably move to Florida as my Mother has..
To valley locals, and winter lovers alike, winter preparedness means something completely different. It means waking up a bit earlier to start conditioning your body, to awaken naturally for those early morning first tracks. It’s squats while you brush your teeth and wall sits while you watch TV. It’s making pow day playlists because there are no friends on a pow day. My roommate is even taking a ski conditioning class at a local yoga facility and completed a 3 day fruit cleanse. Ski movies replace your latest binge watching indulgence on Netflix. Long runs in the cold weather are forced in the name of conditioning and desensitizing the body to the cold. Training goes hand in hand with injury prevention. We Coloradans stay pretty active in the summer. However, skiing and snowboarding utilize a whole different set of muscles. There are all kinds of classes and trainers across the valley offering up the opportunity to achieve elite performance this winter. Wikipedia even has an article on how to work out for snowboarding.
So get out there and get your body winterized!
Photo credit: Cassandra MacUmber
Let’s face it when the first snowflakes cover the valley floor, winter lovers feel relaxed and at peace, our winter wonderland has returned and captured our souls like a silent thief in the night. I try my best not to get too excited until those lifts start turning, but who am I kidding? I have been excited since closing day of Vail.
As everyone in the valley knows that Vail Mountain opens tomorrow and everyone is excited! This morning we got a couple inches of fresh powder for everyone to enjoy! The mountain’s operation crew was proud to announce today that both Vail Village and Lionshead Village base areas will be opened thanks to the cold temperatures and the most recent snow fall.
This is what Vail had to say regarding the terrain for tomorrow:
The majority of skiing and riding will be available on Born Free with connecting routes from the top of Gondola One and the top of Eagle Bahn Gondola. Beginner terrain will be available at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola around Little Eagle Lift (#15). We are very close to opening much more terrain on natural snow, we just need a little more snow and, more importantly, cold temperatures for our snowmakers and groomers to fill in the few gaps and ditches to connect everything together safely. Ski Patrol is evaluating trails every day and once a run is safe and skiable, we will drop ropes immediately.
Here’s what Vail’s COO, Chris Jarnot, had to say about openings: “We are very close to being able to open up much more additional terrain on mostly natural snow, and just need a bit more snow and, most importantly, cold temperatures to allow our snowmakers and groomers to fill in a few ditches, holes and gaps to connect everything together safely. Ski Patrol will be evaluating trails every day, and we will open up as much additional terrain as we can, as soon as we can open it safely for all of our guests. Keep your fingers crossed for continued snow and for cold temperatures, and we’ll get there soon.”
Skiing and riding will be offered from Gondola One, Born Free Express Lift (#8), the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Little Eagle Lift (#15) beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, November 22nd. Until more terrain opens, all of Vail Mountain is considered a slow zone. Please me in control and considerate of others.
Come visit Vail over a Street Beat free concert weekend! The Bud Light Street Beat Concert Series presented by the Vail Valley Foundation has already kicked off for the season. The lineup for this winter is incredible. Concerts are on various Thursday nights throughout the season, so be sure to plan your Vail vacation to include one of these great free concerts!