logs for 2001
(10th calendar year
of non-stop skiing)
Dec 2001,Month 111:
Holy Cow! This is the deepest, lightest powder in years. Maybe we lost a few days due to a later seasonal start, but I don't think
you'll hear any complaints....
Catching the 'rope drop' for the season opening of Mineral didn't suck very much either. Whoah, baby!
Powder Slide Show
What a start to this regular season. The day before Thanksgiving, the Wasatch was experiencing the driest November on record.
By the day after Thanksgiving, we had the wettest November in history, making for spectacular skiing conditions.
Oct 2001, Starting Tenth Yr:
Took my son Rhett and his best friend Kregg to Colorado as I started this tenth year of the streak. Conditions were
'summer-ish,' skiing was excellent, there were games and food aplenty--we had a blast. Next time, maybe we can get Reiner to come with us...
Mike Gwynn joined me this year to close out the "regular" North American season for this 108th month.
Mikey and I decided to check out Hood together in the early nineties. We've been coming back regularly ever since. Very cold, with minimum visibility most of the day,
but, when the snow softened the turns were so pure we hardly noticed the weather.
One would think I've been skiing long enough to not have this experience, but I made it all the way from Utah
to Mt. Hood, Oregon, and it wasn't until getting my gear on that I realized I forgot my ski boots! Thank goodness the rental shop was open (I could just see myself going
door-to-door, begging to borrow a couple of boots). I rented a complete package and had a ball, anyway.
Incredible blue skies, perfect temps, and corn snow made this an exceptional August up at Hood!
However, the snow level was the lowest I've ever seen--so low that when Hood closes after this Labor Day they won't re-open two weeks later as they usually do.
July '01, Month 106:
There's no doubt about it, the 2000-2001 season is winding down around here. Just went skiing with Great Scottie
for the 4th of July, and it was hot! A lot has melted but we found some fun turns.
Skiing the Bird the 4th of July
No time to write this month so you'll just have to check out this link for photos of this month's ski excursion.
Skiing Alta's Baldy Main Chute
May '01, 104th Month:
Well, the April snow showers gave way to some severe winds the first week of May.
Serious enough to shut Snowbird down for a couple of days.
Pictures of wind damage
When that was cleared we got back to some great spring skiing.
Click pic to enlarge
Skied Colorado to kick-off the month.
Got me some Loveland, Berthoud, and Winter Park/Mary Jane.
The conditions were what the postcards call "bluebird" with sun, fast groomers, and blue sky. Click "Spring Break photos" below for pics.
Locally, it's been dumping for weeks, giving us the lightest powder and deepest base of the season--see photos for deep pow shots.
Alta closes their season with 547" for the year. Thankfully, Snowbird continues for another few weeks.
Spring break photos
from Utah and Colorado--Kristen Ulmer on the 28th.
Mar 2001, 102nd Month:
March is in like a lion, and hopefully out like one,
Jay Cooperman and I hooked up again to ski the Bird and Snowbasin together (we met at Big
Sky a few weeks ago).
We skied the Men's Downhill just as it will be prepared for the Olympics, giving us a whole new
appreciation for those athletes. That course is steep and FAST!
Locally, we're right on track to get well over 500 inches for the season if both March and April come through with their averages.
and Panorama in B.C., and finally skied Big Mountain in Montana.
Click pic for trip pics. This is going to be a fun couple of months.
We are halfway through the "regular" Snowbird
Skiing has been good, but not excellent, if you're looking for bottomless powder.
You'd never know it was an all-time
record year for ski ticket sales in the state. With all of the resort expansions and high speed chairs, the resorts are handling
the record numbers seemingly without a hitch.
Jan '01, Month 100:
The century mark! What can I say? One hundred months in a row is pretty ill.
Skied the milestone month at the Bird. Followed it up with several days at Big Sky. What a place!
That tram changes everything. Played and skied hard with a very fun group--most of us meeting for
the first time on this trip--
Link to BigSky report/pics
The Lenin, Liberty, and Marx bowls lived up
to their reputations. And, what a groomer's paradise.
Good thing there appears to be no speed limit in Montana...
Monthly Logs from 2000
articles regarding this SKI STREAK
ski notes from 100 resorts
to Ski Page 1 (or click the tumbling skier)
OTHER YEARS IN REVIEW:
See past logs link for pictures and comments on dozens more trips,
heli-skiing the Chugach in Alaska, and exploring three famous Canadian Banff gems:
Lake Louise, Sunshine, and Norquay.
Also met Jonny and Donna while skiing Labor Day weekend at Timberline on Mt. Hood.
(That's what I call US Olympians Johnny Moseley and Donna Weinbrecht now that I've met them.Yeah.
Jonny, Donna, and me--we're like this.)
for a pic and more on meeting Donna and Jonny.