Posts Tagged ‘Back Bowls’

Vail Back Bowl drama Chair 5

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Vail mountain’s new Chair 5 High Noon Express is still being worked on (photo from 11/22/10).  A sign nearby says that they’ll be opening in mid-December, so people are a bit worried and bummed.  With some of the best early season snow in the last 6-7 years, everyone is ready to get in the Vail Back Bowls to hit the powder.  Well, the lift isn’t ready yet, so what are we going to do !

It started me thinking what the old timers, such as Bert Farin (Antlers alumni) and our G.M. Rob LeVine would say.  Apparently years ago, Chair 5 was shut down for an entire winter due to a broken bull wheel!  I sent both of them an e-mail to see if they remembered the details.  

Bert responds:

“My first winter in Vail was 78-79.  The next season I had moved to Jackson Hole and that was the year Chair 5 was shut down.  So it was the winter of 79-80.  If I recall, it had to do with the cable.  I think they tried to add triple chairs to the old cable and it wasn’t safe, so the State shut down the lift for the whole season.  I was in JH so it didn’t affect me, but I was thinking it would suck to be in Vail and not have access to the b.b.  Ironically that was a poor snow season in both WY and CO, so maybe it wasn’t the end of the world.  I should get double credit for knowing the history even when I wasn’t in town.  Bummer about not having the lift ready to go.  At least you still have access to China Bowl and Category III (see I am an old dude).”

Rob LeVine responds:

“Proving once again that my memory ain’t so good … I thought it was around 82 or 83.  However, I totally trust Bert’s recollection.  I do remember how bummed (and pissed) everyone was when it was finally announced, but Bert’s right … it wasn’t a banner year for snow, so it could have been worse.

Not surprisingly, there were folks who would ski down and then either ski out Two Elk trail, or hike back up … similar to the old stories about Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton.  You know that “Forever” referred not to how long the run seemed, but to how long it took those pioneers to hike back out.   I’m afraid I don’t recall much else.”

Well, hopefully we don’t have much more of a wait…

Chris Ratzlaff

April 2nd Antlers Vail hotel ski report, it is deep and snowing hard

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Antlers Vail hotel ski report April 2nd:  Deep and snowing hard.  They reported 11 inches up on Vail mountain.  There was at least that much.  Down here in Lionshead it looked like 2 inches, but higher up, oh wow.  Here are some shots while riding Chair 5 out of the Back Bowls.  It if full on winter with cold and snow.  Turn up your boot heaters.  Chris R.

Brrrr

Winter

Vail snow report and ski conditions from Antlers at Vail

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Here is the Vail snow and ski condition report from the Antlers at Vail condos for March 9th, 2010.  4 inches of new snow.  7 inches in the last 2 days.  Nice cool temps.  Skiing is fantastic.  Good powder in the Back Bowls, yet no one is around.  Very quiet on the hill.  On the back side there is a bit of crust underneath the powder but it is still quite nice.  If you can, try to get over to the north facing Blue Sky Basin.  They’ll have the best snow the next couple of days.

Heading into Game Creek Bowl with Blue skies ahead

Top of Chair 2, empty chairs

9:30 a.m. and hardly any tracks in the Back Bowls

A few powder turns in Sun Down Bowl

Antlers Vail Colorado head cam, March skiing

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Testing out the Vail Colorado head cam.  Super sunshine and corn snow in the Back Bowls.  But snow is predicted to start at 2:10 a.m. this coming evening.  Hopefully some powder tomorrow.

The video above might take a bit to download because the tunes are so good.  Click it, then go to the kitchen and make some cookies while it downloads. Nothing special about the skiing on the film except for some fun GS turns in the Back Bowls and a lesson on how to get on the chair lift.  Excuse the spelling error on “Emperor’s Choice”. No new snow the last few days, but it doesn’t matter.  Nice spring skiing, corn snow in the back, groomers on the front.  Chris R.