An unexpected 5″ hit Keystone overnight, on top of the 10″ or so we’ve received the last few days. Went out with the Kiwis and Aussies for rope drop to take advantage of the freshies before the out-of-towners took over. By the time 10am rolled around, we had already hit 10,000 in vertical so naturally we decided to hike up to Independence Bowl
for some serious pow, oh and to avoid the masses that were taking over Keystone.
Independence Bowl consists of a big, several mile hike up to the top of Independence
(about a 700 ft vertical climb) a big ski down a wide open bowl with waist-deep powder before making your way through some gladed trees. A quick stop for a snack/water break at the bottom, another quick minute to lose your skis and strap ’em to your back, before another several mile climb back up to the top of the bowl. Stop at the top to catch your breath, strap on your skis, and ski down Bergman Bowl
and back into the resort…all while absorbing the magnificent views of the surrounding 12-14,000 footers
The last few days have followed suit in a similar fashion. Big tree-skiing day at Keystone on Tuesday for Tom’s birthday, “Not exactly roughing it” at Beaver Creek
, complete with a little Birds of Prey
action (I channeled Bode Miller
as we flew down) on Friday, and then big pow and breathtaking bowls today at Keystone.
All I can say, is I am one lucky, not to mention happy, girl.