Snowboarding at Copper Mountain and Vail

This last weekend I headed up to Summit County, a place that I avoid like the plague during the winter because of the horrific traffic I have been in.

This weekend?  Near perfect.

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Saturday was a 8″ powder day at Copper Mountain, which is my favorite place to board.  I had a few runs that were as ideal as I could picture.  Light snow for the spring. Dave Amirault and I spent the day in search of powder stashes, which sometimes were thigh deep.  Dave is a really fun guy to spend the day with, knows the mountain enough to be dangerous but will take random turns to keep it interesting.

We spent the night in a dreamy cabin up in Leadville.  I want a mountain cabin, badly.  This was amazing.  The $10 prime rib dinner at Quincy’s was an absolute treat.  If you live in Colorado, you must make this happen.

Vail on Sunday was a treat, Joel from Colorado Powder Forcast joined us for the afternoon. If you are interested in snow, his blog is a MUST.

Vail is rough on snowboarders, with miles and miles of cat tracks. I took a wrong turn and did almost 7 miles to get to Blue Sky Country. I was about to call it a day when I found a fantastic almost four mile long tree run on Orient Express. It was like a racetrack in gently cut up powder. In the shade, the snow wasn’t getting baked and in the run was a challenge. I took laps on it for the rest of the day, going a solid five hours before grabbing lunch at Two Elk.

One happy guy after a much needed weekend. My legs are recovering, but feel super strong. One happy Hyde.

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