Posts Tagged ‘Game Creek Bowl’

Ski the Minturn Mile ski run

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Skiing the Minturn Mile from Vail mountain down to the town of Minturn is one of the classic Apre ski activities in Vail.  Be forewarned, it is for advanced skiers only that are familiar with the back-country, prepared for back-country skiing, can make quick turns in deep powder and are physically fit .  It starts with a hike to Ptarmigan ridge on the West side of Vail’s Sun Down Bowl.  After a break at the top it is time to head through the gate and some powder skiing.  Make sure you have someone that is familiar with the trail and the area to guide you.   Once you get all the way down you have a hike to the Minturn Saloon for some beer and margaritas.  To get back to Vail grab the bus back or better yet, have a friend pick you up.  You won’t be in any condition to drive anyhow…

Hiking Ptarmigan ridge

Hydrating before the run (is that Bob Grossman with us?)

Pay attention

Some soft snow on the way to Minturn

Careful for the tree wells.  That’s Tom Schlader, our head engineer, on the right


View Minturn Mile ski run in a larger map

Crossing the creek

I’m soooo haaaappppy !

Bob Grossman hitting the luge

Cindy angulating the edges

Wanna go?  Ask for Amy, Tom S., Chris Ratz or Rob to make a reservation

 

 

January 22, a bit of a Vail powder snow day, 9+ inches

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Finally, we are getting a bit of a turn on the snow.  9+inches today and it snowed pretty good throughout the day so maybe another 3 inches or so will be reported on tomorrow’s Vail snow report.  I did a few runs with Antlers at Vail condominium owner John Taylor over in Game Creek Bowl.  The sun will be out the rest of today and tomorrow and then perhaps we get a bit more snow again on Tuesday.  Chair 5 opened today, but mainly with skiing in Sun Up bowl.  From what we could see they have not opened Sun Down bowl.  Portions of Blue Sky Basin and China are open.  We are just about 2300 acres open with more to come.     Chris Ratzlaff

 Game Creek Bowl

John Taylor checking out Sun Down bowl and noting the skiers coming up Chair 5

 

Vail ski conditions from the Antlers at Vail condos, February 19

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Here is the Vail ski condition report from the Antlers at Vail condos for February 19th.  The skiing is GREAT!  Although we had been short on snow for the early ski season, the last two weeks have been really good.  Another 5 inches of snow reported today.  As I was heading up the Born Free Express lift I was having my doubts on the 5 inches, as it only looked like 3 inches down here in Lionshead.  Well, there was plenty up high.  Most of my runs were done in Game Creek Bowl ( see the Vail ski area map ).  It started snowing pretty good again around 3pm this Friday afternoon.  Chris R.

Some powder in Game Creek Bowl

More storm clouds rolling in from the West

A look back at some powder turns