Posted on January 7, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Forecasters warn of persistent avalanche danger
FRISCO — Skiing the East Vail chutes when the avalanche danger is rated as considerable is a dangerous game of Russian Roulette. After numerous close calls in the area the past few weeks, a backcountry skier died in a snowslide on Monday, January 7. It is the second avalanche death in Colorado this season. The first occurred Dec. 31 on Parkview Mountain, west of Willow Creek Pass.
Outsideonline.com is reporting that the victim was 24-year-old Tony Seibert, the grandson of Vail co-founder Pete Seibert. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center confirmed the East Vail Chutes death, but the CAIC website offered few details on the deadly incident. The center’s avalanche experts will visit the site Jan. 8 to investigate the accident. Continue reading
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Posted on December 1, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Close race on Birds of Prey course
Mikaela Shiffrin on track for a second-place finish at the World Cup GS race at Beaver Creek. Photo by Kim Fenske.
FRISCO — Sweden’s Jessica Lindell-Vikarby skied two near-perfect runs to take the World Cup GS at Beaver Creek Sunday, but U.S. slalom ace Mikaela Shiffrin wasn’t far off the pace. Cheered on by the hometown crowd, Shiffrin snagged her first GS podium after dominating the slalom circuit last season. Shiffrin’s previous best GS result was a sixth in Soelden, Austria to open the 2014 Olympic season. Tina Weirather (Liechtenstein) took the third podium spot. Continue reading
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Posted on October 13, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Another season under way …
Flying high in the superpipe at Copper Mountain.
FRISCO — With another ski season starting today at Arapahoe Basin, it’s time to dust off a few pictures from the Summit Voice archives to celebrate the best sport ever invented. As far as I’m concerned, skiing is the closest you’ll ever come to flying with your feet on the ground (or not), and floating through a blanket of fresh powder is pure bliss. Dream on, do your snow dances and get ready — winter is coming! Continue reading
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Posted on August 8, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Public review session set for Aug. 22 at Breckenridge ice rink
The Weber Gulch Hut is proposed for the north flank of Baldy Mountain, near Breckenridge, Colorado. Map courtesy U.S. Forest Service.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — The long range vision for encircling Summit County with a network of backcountry ski huts may come into a little more focus this month.
The White River National Forest is preparing to release a draft environmental study for the proposed Weber Gulch hut during the next few weeks, with a public review of the document set for Aug. 22 (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m) at the Breckenridge ice rink. Continue reading
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Posted on May 29, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Summer fun at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Bob Berwyn photo.
Bonus weekend set for June 7-9
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado skiers will get a bonus weekend at Arapahoe Basin, as the ski area extends the season for an extra weekend. Cool spring temperatures and big snows in April and May helped preserve a good base at the high-elevation ski area.
“With all the spring storms, our exceptional snow conditions, and our guests’ enthusiasm for skiing and riding, it only makes sense to open for another weekend,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin’s chief operating officer.
The last couple of winters have been a roller coaster for A-Basin and Colorado in general. The winter of 2010-2011 delivered near-record snow in many locations and A-Basin stayed open though the Fourth of July holiday. Continue reading
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Posted on May 10, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Backcountry paradise in the Canadian Rockies
Our camp at around noon on the day we flew in to the Oasis Lake area in the Selkirks.
By Stan Wagon (All photos by Stan Wagon unless otherwise noted.)
After 23 years of skiing in British Columbia, either visiting a nice lodge (with many comforts) or doing a ski traverse (camping, and traveling with heavy packs), we tried something new this year — a week-long base camp at a single location. We chose Oasis Lake in the Selkirks southwest of Golden, a spot we had passed through on a traverse on 2004. To our group of six Coloradans we added a guide, Pierre Hungr, who last year led us on a hut-to-hut trip near the Lyell Icefield.
We used a Bell 212 helicopter flown by Alpine Helicopters in Golden. It is a powerful and spacious machine, but it cannot fly in low visibility, and we were delayed a day going in (and the same going out). Speaking of delays, the drive up was a bit of an adventure as I-25 was closed at the Wyoming border and we had to make a complicated detour via Highway 14 through Cameron Pass in whiteout conditions, and then use a route through Idaho. This added eight hours to what is already a long 1.5-day drive.
A view of the Wrong icefall from near the camp, with the descent route at looker’s right. This picture proves that there was more snow here this year than in April 2004, where more rocks were showing.
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Posted on April 16, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Spring powder nothing new for The Legend
Skiing April powder at Arapahoe Basin, April 2010. Bob Berwyn photo.
A skier enjoys a big powder day at Arapahoe Basin on April 23, 2010. Bob Berwyn photo.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — While most of Colorado’s megaresorts closed with more snow than they’ve had on their slopes all season, a handful of areas are still open for spring skiing, including Aspen Highlands, Winter Park, Loveland and, of course, Arapahoe Basin, known for having one of the longest seasons in the country.
With 21 inches of new snow in just the 48 hours and more on the way for the next few days, ski conditions at Arapahoe Basin are peaking. A 65-inch base means great conditions all over the mountain, including Montezuma Bowl and the steeps of the East Wall. As general manager Alan Henceroth wrote in a recent blog post, “All the the little lines are filled.” Continue reading
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