50th Birthday was this year! Fortunately for me, I spent 10 days skiing at Vail
this season! One of these days happened
to be yesterday, which was closing day at Vail….
stories were passed down to me from locals and folks around town who
experienced closing day in the past, it kept appearing to be a more and more desirable event
to attend. It was about two weeks ago
when I made the decision that regardless of what I had going on April 14th,
I was skiing Vail!
arrived to Vail yesterday with my girlfriend and a few skiing buddies, we were
greeted with a fresh 15” that had dumped overnight! Needless to say, the powder was endless and
the turns were some of the best I had all year!
tradition had it, 4 at 4 was the theme of the day (Be at the top of Chair 4 at 4:00). Amidst all the funky
costumes and wacky skiing props, a huge party was forming. Starting at about 1:30 in
the afternoon, the lift line at chair 4 was consistently 100-200 people
long. My friends and I got on the chair
around 3:00 to join the fun. When we arrived at the top, I could not believe how
many people were there. There was live music, free prizes, competitions, food, vendors and so
much more! Eventually, the
lifts stopped turning for the season at which point it became surreal.
were thousands of people on top of Vail all celebrating a great season together
and the vibe was great. The resorts back country crew lit off the remainder of
the blasting material leftover from the season which erupted through the Vail
Valley and enraged the crowd. It was a day I will never forget and a perfect
ending to another incredible winter in the Rocky Mountains!
all the fresh snow we are currently receiving, it is hard to believe I will
have to wait until next year to ski Vail. As the saying goes, “time flies when
you’re having fun” and in Colorado where it's always fun,I will be skiing the back bowls again before I
We just finished a whirl-wind week with the Ski and
Snowboardcross World Cup making a stop here in Telluride. Not only am I
lucky enough to work for Ski Butlers but I also work for the Telluride Ski
Resort with the Competition Services Department or “Race Department”.
With the Race dept. we would do all the course preparation and maintenance
needed in order to put on this event.