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Loveland, the closing day

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Whoever said that there's tons of snow in Colorado was a big fat liar!

There's not a speck of it anywhere. Only endless green hills.

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I'll tell you more... The only mountains I saw in the light of the day had this suspicious red tint on them and were completely unskiable. I won't risk taking my Monsters on top of them even if it meant to never ski again.

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I'll admit, there was snow here at some point. Chains on this tractor couldn't be just for mud, but that point has expired months ago!

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The only kind of trees to ski here between must be this

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And the things are so freaking out of season that even snakes are out everywhere. I ran into a garter, boa and a sign warming me that it's not the end of it.

In short, I'm sorry, GSS, I have totally failed you. There's nothing to write home about, for I am too late.

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Not sure I will anymore. How can today's cold and b&w terrain beat the yesterday's extravaganza of color, aroma and wildlife? The smell of wildflowers was overpowering.

The good part today is that despite the forecast it's actually sunny.

 

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I'm freaking bored. Woke up at 6, already had breakfast and packed, and the area wouldn't open until 8:30. Ugh.

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Welcome to Colorado you ray of sunshine! 

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10 minutes ago, eaf said:

I'm freaking bored. Woke up at 6, already had breakfast and packed, and the area wouldn't open until 8:30. Ugh.

It’s because you’re on east coast time.  Enjoy the slow lifts and flat terrain at Loveland..the parking lot will probably be muddy as well.  

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LOL, you know what I ended up driving? 2018 Forester. And Silver Inn is like a ghost town these days.

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13 minutes ago, eaf said:

LOL, you know what I ended up driving? 2018 Forester. And Silver Inn is like a ghost town these days.

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Sure this is shoulder season. Not many tourists.  I guess you were able to make it into the mountains with only a four cylinder. 

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36 minutes ago, GrilledSteezeSandwich said:

Sure this is shoulder season. Not many tourists.  I guess you were able to make it into the mountains with only a four cylinder. 

Funny that you've mentioned it... It's OK in general, but wouldn't go faster 75 on those 6° climbs. The eyesight is pretty good, beeps on lane departure, follows the car ahead nicely. Downhill braking is erratic. Instead of revving up and braking smoothly, it periodically does hard jerky brakes. If I was with passengers they would be like WTF?! And bare in mind that with more load it may get even worse. I loved truck runaway lanes in I70. Could be Forester runaway lanes, you never know ;)

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The snow is wicked fast and firm, space abundant, people scarce and lift bars non-existent.

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15 minutes ago, eaf said:

The snow is wicked fast and firm, space abundant, people scarce and lift bars non-existent.

Lift bars are non-existent at many of the second tier Rocky Mountain ski areas.  Looks like the snow should corn up in an hour or two..

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9 minutes ago, GrilledSteezeSandwich said:

Is the snow starting to soften up??

Yeah, a little bit, mostly at the bottom. But I'm stuck in the lift 8 area, can't figure out the escape path. The Face is closed, bummer.

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Ah, had to cross through the top and basin. Now on top of lift 4 with the plan of getting further to 9.

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