JANUARY 2015
SKI TRIP TO SUMMIT COUNTY COLORADO

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The Group
Steve Bickham  Ellie Tooms  Nancy Boston
Kathy Sheneman  Bill Yacovissi  Dave Fox 

We rented a town house in Frisco.  The house was a bargain and in a good location but definitely had seen better days.

Travel to Denver could not have gone better. 

Kathy and Ellie arrived early and prepared dinner for the group.  That was very much appreciated.

A view of the living room from the stairs.

We skied on Monday at Breckenridge at the Peak 7 area.

The group is poised for a "festive descent."

I like the Peak 7 area at Breckenridge. 

Lots of nice blues down through the trees.

Ellie and Kathy taking a break from skiing at Breckenridge.
After lunch Steve, Dave, and I headed to the new Peak 6 Area.

I liked the Peak 6 area. 

It opens up a lot of high country to skiing which is something Brekenridge has lacked compared to Vail.

Of course you can always ride the lifts then walk higher.

Steve and I have given this up.  You could see the look of envy in Dave's eyes.

But, this is high enough for old men.

A view of some of the terrain at Peak 6. 

A nice steep face to start and a long run out through the woods.

Bill and Steve overlooking some of the Peak 6 terraine.

Tuesday was Vail day. 

Ellie's boots had discintegrated on Monday, I've never seen anything like it, so the ladies were delayed getting on the slopes.

The guys decided to ski and meet the ladies for lunch.

Of course we start on couple of double diamond slopes.

Looking down China Bowl on the Genghis Khan slope.

Steve and Dave going down China Bowl on the next run.

Truth be told, by lunch Steve and I were on wobbly legs.

The lunch break at the Two Elks Lodge was much appreciated.

That night the group went to a Mexican restaurant in Frisco.

The ladies took Wednesday off.  The guys headed to Arapahoe Basin and then Keystone.

We skied Arapahoe Basin on the first western ski trip in the early 90s but had not been back since.

It is a small place with some specialty slopes.  Very popular with locals and upper end skiers.

On a sunny day it is a very beautiful place.

Arapahoe has some great long blue cruisers, just not very many of them.

Another picture of the views at Arapahoe Basin. 

On Thursday the ladies went to Beaver Creek.  The guys went to Copper Mountain.

Copper is very pretty as well.  Nice snow in the trees on a sunny day.

I made another attempt to make a video of us skiing through the trees.  You can view it here. Best viewed in full screen

After lunch we headed to the back country. 

Copper has some great terrain open for skiing but unfortunately don't have any high speed lifts back there.

In this picture you can see a lovely gladed valley to the right and a nice bowl to the left. 

Click here for a video of the back country from the lift in that bowl.  Best viewed in full screen

To the right Ellie is enjoying the skiing at Beaver Creek with her rented boots.

Kathy on the slopes at Beaver Creek. 

Thursday night the Ullr Festival is in high gear. 

The people on the right side are trying to set the shot ski world record.

The rest are waiting for the parade to start.

You can see that our group quickly got into the spirit of the Ullr Festival.

By this point you get the idea.

Last day of skiing we went to Loveland. 

We had never skied Loveland, so it was interesting to try a new place.

The group skied together in the morning.

Nancy at the top of Spillway.

After lunch the guys headed to the high country on the north side of Route 70.

Loveland is on both sides of the interstate with the Eisenhower Tunnel running almost under the lift you see in the picture.

Loveland has some good high country terrain but on this day it was swept by very high winds that made conditions difficult.

After skiing the group returned to Denver for flights home.

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