Tuesday, January 5, 2016

To The Northwest

Here is a view taken on Zuma Cornice near the top of Durrance. The image looks to the Northwest with Porcupine Gulch, the backside of Loveland Ski Area, and The Front Range in the foreground. The distant mountains are the Gore Range.

10 comments:

Buckhorn Bruce said...

Super!

Anonymous said...

Incredible

Anonymous said...

Can the free one run lesson be down durrance or the east wall? I've always wanted to ski both but would feel more comfortable being guided my first time.

Anonymous said...

Why would they give you a free lesson down a double black? Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of giving free lessons? It doesn't say free guide service...

Anonymous said...

Hi Al, question for you about Montezuma bowl's lift: Why was the top of the lift placed where it was? I'm wondering why it wasn't placed at the top of zuma cornice - that would allow easy access to skiing the chutes off the cornice as well as larkspur and columbine by skiing down the ridge a bit. Just seems odd to make some of the best terrain at the resort only accessible by hiking/skinning. I'm guessing (though not sure) you could also ski down cornice run from the top of zuma cornice and access the east wall, etc. Thoughts?

Turbos Mom said...

Wind. Zuma has many slows on windy days. Some days it gets shut down. If the lift had been brought all the way to the top of long chute, it would not be open as often, and have more slows and stops due to high wind. Im just guessing here, but I did spend last night at a Holiday Inn Express!

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

Turbo's Mom said it pretty well. Wind was a major concern at the very top. Also, it just is not a very good site for a terminal and would have required an extraordinary amount of earthwork. That would have been ugly. Putting the lift where we did we kept it out of avalanche terrain and we provided immediate access to Larkspur and Columbine where the majority of skiers and riders go. Lastly, double black diamond skiers like a little hiking. It keeps 'em strong.

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

The free one run lessons are only good on Black Mountain Express.

Mark Matis said...

But just look at all the Ski Patrol "training" opportunities you miss by not letting those free lessons be done on some of your other lifts as well!
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Anonymous said...

Think Breck too. Think about how some of the truly best terrain requires just a bit more effort. Not sure that is how it is engineered, but it seems how it be.