Ski Butlers Blog - January 2012

Vail Back Bowls - Hallelujah!

Back Bowls – Hallelujah!
If you haven’t heard…The Back Bowls are open.  Over 50” of new snow has fallen in the last couple weeks and Ski Patrol is opening new terrain on a daily basis. It seems as if every day another group of my friends are telling stories about how they were the first ones to ski Champagne Glade, or how they were ready and waiting as Ski Patrol dropped the ropes at the top of China Bowl - taking turn after turn in the seemingly endless field of untracked snow.  Like a painter with a fresh canvas, they make their own tracks.   4,000+ acres are now open and the conditions are becoming reminiscent of last year.  People are hooting and hollering down the mountain and everyone in the lift line is bragging about the fresh stash they just found – eagerly waiting to get back up the chair.  Powder skis are starting to make a regular appearance and the excitement has returned to the Vail Valley.  
Check it out for yourself – “Vail Powder 26 inches in a week” (this will get your blood flowing) -
The first ever Winter Teva Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer will come to the Vail Valley Feb. 10-12.  Professional and amateur athletes from all over the world will converge in Vail to celebrate adventure sports, music, art and the great outdoors.   Competitions will include mixed climbing, dual slalom biking, telemark and Nordic skiing, snowshoe racing and ski mountaineering.  Most locals are looking forward to the Vertical Challenge event.  Vail’s back bowls stretch an impressive 7 miles, covering 2,734 acres.  If you think you can ski all seven back bowls in one day, then this is something you might also want to look in to – it is open to the public! 
We are also very excited that Vail has continued the Bud Light Street Beat concert series for the 13th consecutive season.  Every Thursday evening, ending April 12, locals and guests alike can enjoy free music in the streets of Vail.  It is definitely worth checking out. 
With free events virtually every weekend and snow totals continuing to climb - it is a good time to be in the Vail Valley.  There is an underlying feeling amongst locals that the weather pattern has indeed shifted and this spring could turn out to be one for the ages.
Big thanks to all of our loyal customers out there. 
Hope to see you soon in the Valley! 
Team Ski Butlers Vail

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Greetings from Telluride - Snow embodies us all!

Greetings from Telluride, Colorado. We’ve had a wonderful early season this 2012. A healthy early snowfall got the season off to an exciting start, and this last storm blessed us here with an excess of two feet of fresh snow. As I learned the hard way, better get to the lifts early on a powder day. Telluride is like a dog kennel for the powder hound inside us all, albeit slightly more refined. And when the snow falls, so do the responsibilities of the locals. It’s a grand exclusion of almost everything that is not waist deep powder and face shots the whole way down. A race to first tracks. Otherwise, the lifestyle adhered to in town and emulated in the Mountain Village can only be regarded as tranquil. Every individual, whether you’re a long time local or a first time visitor, is tied by a bond: an appreciation for yesterday, a complacency with the present, and an excitement for the future.

Telluride is an exciting place to be. The addition of a brand new restaurant, Bon Vivant, sits at the top of Polar Queen Express (Lift 5) and is a perfect addition to the already wonderful spread of après-ski locations around the mountain, in the village, and back down in town. A packed list of concerts, shows, and events for the winter season is sure to keep your schedules packed and your spirits high. And the snow...let me rephrase, Ahhh, the snow. We’ve been dancing for and have been rewarded with ample precipitation. A solid foundation is sure to keep the full boundaries of the mountain open and accessible. Any additional snow we receive will be embraced with open arms, open mouths, and open hearts. And, of course, the same welcoming embrace will be extended to our guests. Watching people having a blast doing the things we enjoy doing every day is a magical feeling: sharing a wealth of warmth, happiness, and embrace.

                See you soon.

Ski Butlers Telluride

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Steamboat Springs 99th Annual Winter Carnival!

Every year in February the residents of Steamboat Springs gather on Lincoln Ave to celebrate the annual Winter Carnival.  This year being Steamboat’s 99th celebration, it was originally created to help combat “cabin fever” that many locals in Steamboat suffered from while dealing with the harsh Rocky Mountain winters.  Now, people of steamboat band together on this festive weekend to not only get out of the house, but also to celebrate the western heritage of Steamboat and its long-lasting love for the winter sports.

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