Pardon me while I do a little bit of catching up!
Ahh yes Copper Mountain! For me this is back to the place where my love for skiing all started! It has been a few years since I’d been back here and it was a perfect day to be back at Copper Mountain while of course playing hooky from the office in the middle of the week.
I had downloaded Copper’s Sherpa app the night before with hopes of giving it a try, but that didnt happen as I had wanted, so I will have to try it another time. Nothing to do with the app itself, more to do with my equipmentI was able to try out another app I have been wanting to use, called Snowciety. It’s of course a social app. Snowciety tracks your runs and give you important data, such as top speed, average speed, vertical elevation and distance. You can post comments and share your stats with your Snowciety friends or even share on facebook and other social media platforms. You can even see where your friends are on the mountain. I’ll try to post a screenshot or two later of it if I can.
The pics taken here I took with my phone, so they arent the greatest captures but for the purpose of sharing them with you guys here on the blog they do the job. It was one of those bluebird days at Copper this day as you can see in the pictures. Great weather, short lift lines and not having to work each made for an awesome day on the slopes. Unfortunate for me it was the only time this past season that I was able to get some skiing in. Hopefully that will change for the better in the season ahead.
It’s been at least a couple of seasons since I last hit the slopes. So I was excited when earlier in the week I got an invite to do some skiing on Saturday down at Monarch Mountain. Monarch is just about 3 hours southwest of Denver and well worth the drive down even if only for a day trip. First of all there’s hardly the traffic headache like there is most weekends driving West on I-70 towards Copper Mountain, Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin, etc. And if I’m going to spend 3 hours in traffic, I’d rather be moving towards my destination than being stuck not going anywhere on the interstate on the weekends. Not to mention you can actually get a lot of skiing in at Monarch, the lift lines are never tirelessly long and move pretty quickly, which equates to lots of runs! Here are a few photos from Saturday, enjoy!
If you’re wondering, I ski mostly blues and greens. I’ve done a black diamond or two in my time and some of them not by choice. But hey you gotta get down the mountain at some point, so why not learn the hard way. Double black diamonds are not on the “to do” list just yet, if ever!
But today was about having fun first and foremost, while also regaining and improving my form. There wasnt a ton of snow at Monarch on Saturday, not like I’ve seen in the past up here, but still a decent mid-mountain base measurement of about 29 inches is plenty. It’s been a dry winter so far this season here in Colorado in terms of snowfall totals, but hopefully there will be a rebound for more snow soon.
I do own my own equipment. I have a pair of Rossignol skis and poles and my boots are by Lange. I’ve rented equipment maybe my first 4 or 5 times early on, then decided it was time to purchase my own. It’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made, and I’ve only been skiing since 2004.
There are no hotels or rooms at Monarch, but there is a hotel just up the road from the entrance or your best bet is to if you are staying in the area is to get a room in nearby Salida, CO which is 20 minutes east of Monarch. Get outside and have a good time no matter what you choose to do!
A huge thank you to Deb and Charles for the invite and letting me tag along! Great time as always!