10.23.2004

Changing Seasons

Today I did something I have never had the opportunity to do before, at least not in October anyway, go skiing. Ski resort number 2 opened in the state yesterday, Arapahoe Basin. It too only opened one run, and one chairlift, but hey, the 700 plus vertical feet of skiing was still a longer run than anything at Devil’s Head or Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. It was a popular activity for the day, the lift line took over 20 minutes each time and the trail was pretty crowded. I only stayed until about 2pm, but managed to get in 12 runs in that time. One of the guys I work with was there with his roommates too, so we got to hang out for a little while. They didn’t arrive until the afternoon, though. The run that was open was a “blue square”, which stands for intermediate for those unfamiliar with the sport’s trail map designations. The one open at Loveland is only a beginner run, so this was a little more worthwhile in my opinion. It was a great opportunity to shake the rust off and get back into skiing shape. By the time the resorts’ terrain are all fully open in Mid-December, I will hopefully be in mid-season form and having a great time exploring my new local “hills” of Beaver Creek and Vail.

Its definitely starting to swing towards winter here, there are no leaves on the trees anymore, the temperatures drop below freezing pretty much every night, and snow is falling even in the valleys. Friday we got a light snow of about an inch or two in the valley, a little more in the higher elevations, and there are snow showers forecasted Sunday evening through Tuesday with maybe a storm system arriving Wednesday. I know for you all back home you think its “too early”, but with two resorts open, and more on the way, we are all getting really excited for winter and skiing up here in the mountains! The snow we got in the valley all melted under the sun today, so if the weather looks good tomorrow afternoon, I can go head out for a bike ride. It’s a great time of year that way, you can ski, hike or ride your bike depending on what altitude you are at.

Also, earlier in the week I got to head down to Crested Butte again to see the project I am working on under construction. They are moving along nicely, and have almost all of the footing work done, with 2/3 of the foundation walls and elevator cores already up. They have also started the steel, and are almost finished with one of the buildings. All together there are 3 buildings, totaling 44 luxury condominiums right at the base of the Peachtree Lift and T-Bar with stunning views of the Crested Butte itself. They anticipate finishing the next building worth of steel by December 1 if the snows don’t hold them up too much. At least they will have all of the foundations done, waterproofed, and backfilled before too long, so I guess down in Crested Butte at least, we’d like the big snows to hold off for a few more weeks.