Some Snow Returns – Vail Mountain – Sunday, Dec. 9th 2012

by Peter Parker photography

Arguably, Vail’s first Powder Day of the 2012-2013 season was this Sunday, December 9th 2012.

CLICK ON the Photos – to enlarge them.

Vail's-New-Gondola-Where-Vista-Bahn-Was-Good

Here is the ECT ski report from Vail on Sunday, December 9th 2012.

The lifts opened at 9:00AM Sunday morning to a massive Gondola One crowd at the base of (where Vista Bahn – used to be).  Two lift lines fed the new Gondola with the left line taking every other Gondy car – so the folks on the right lift line (photo below) had their100E2221 unoccupied Gondy car to enter.  The new Gondola One is FASTER, noticeably SMOOTHER and WARMER since the temperature was in the single digits early Sunday morning.  We didn’t try the new WiFi and the padded seats (at least in our car) were not noticeably heated.  No big deal.  ECT folks like the new Gondola.

The top of the Gondola One landing platform at Mid-Vail is heated and it’s a very short walk to the snow carrying your Skis or Snowboard.  That’s where the trouble/lack of room started.  Way, way, too many folks just dropped their Avanti-Run-VailSkis/Snowboards at the first chance they got reaching the snow, making it very difficult for reasonable folks to walk past another (~20 feet to the left or right) to put your equipment on OUT OF THE WAY OF OTHERS getting off the Gondola!

There were SO MANY, clueless, semi-conscious, completely unaware (what? there are other people here besides me?) individuals there that the ECT folks thought we had somehow been ski lifted to a polling place in a heavily democratic voter district!  Most folks at the top of the Gondy seemed completely oblivious to the problems their cattle-like presence was causingMid-Vail-Zoom others.  Happily, the ECT can report no one was seen carrying food stamps there at Mid-Vail.

The snow was good, however it got really skied off quickly since so few Ski Trails were skiable on December 9th.

Most folks skiing were being careful because everyone it seemed was skiing the same couple of open trails from the top of Chair 2 (Avanti)…actually we were.  Yellow Jackets were out and about as were Vail Ski Patrol and noticeably few Vail Ski Instructors trying mostly to keep their students safe on the few runs.

ECT folks haven’t skied Beaver Creek yet this year…so let us know if YOU have and email the ECT your photos as well.

You can reach us via EMail at –  Staff-at-EagleCountyTimes.Com

If you’d like to see – where the next Snow Storm is coming from you might want to check out the full motion Satellite images from NOAA/GOES West Water Vapor map (Click Here) – Note:  full motion Satellite image uses Adobe’s Flash – so it won’t work on your iPad Sad smile

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