Colorado, Vermont

Snowboarding: Colorado and Vermont

This snowboarding season delivered quite a few memorable moments and runs. And while it is always sad when the snow melts and I have to tuck in my board for its yearly summer hibernation, I am thrilled with my experiences this year in both Colorado and Vermont.
My Burton Feelgood | Winter Park, Colorado

Vermont delivered non-iciness, <shock>, at both Mount Snow and Killington. The long lines at the normally-good-for-a-saturday-fun-trip Camelback Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania turned what normally is a funy Saturday day activity into one of frustration. (This is why you’ll see no photos from Camelback in this post. I was way too annoyed to “capture the moment.”) The season finale in Colorado brought on the spring powder at both Breckenridge and Winter Park.

Mt Snow, Vermont

On a nice January day, the backside is the place to be. Shorter lines and sunnier slopes.
Top of Mount Snow | VermontWide Open Slopes | Mount Snow, Vermont

Killington, Vermont

We showed up at Killington during the tail end of an enormous early-March storm. The trees were dressed with heavy snow and often the peaks were shrouded in near white out conditions. No matter – the powdery runs were still easy to navigate.

Also, it felt like Narnia. Snowboarding in Narnia is cool.

Lift over Chute | Killington, VermontSwirl or Easy Street | Killington, VermontSnowy trees | Killington, Vermont<Sitting on top | Killington, VermontBreckenridge, Colorado

April fool’s day at Breck was true spring skiing. And it’s not spring skiing unless you are sweating. The best way to ensure sweating while snowboarding is to wear way too many layers – an area in which I excel.

It was a hot day at Breckenridge for Annie. At least I remembered the sunscreen!

Spruce, the black diamond run just to the right of the Colorado Super Chair, was my fav.

Fisheye snowboard | Breckenridge, ColoradoLift views | Breckenridge, ColoradoBlue skies | Breckenridge, Colorado

 Winter Park, Colorado

The best runs of the whole winter were at Winter Park on the Mary Jane peak. Not only were the normal trails enjoyable to ride, but the Parsenn Bowl delivered some of my most favorite snowboarding moments to date. It’s pretty similar to the wide open bowls of Cerro Catedral in Argentina and to the top of Squaw Valley in Tahoe, so I knew at first glance that we were in for some pretty fun riding.

Panorama of the Parsenn Bowl | Winter Park, ColoradoWinter Park/Mary Jane views | ColoradoTop of the Vasquez Ridge | Winter Park, ColoradoSpindly snow trees | Winter Park, Colorado

Goodbye winter – I will miss you. Wait, no I won’t.

But I will miss snowboarding. See you in 2014!

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7 Comments

  • Reply Andrea April 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    oH i miss skiing! I live in Vancouver so I have Whistler an hour and a half away and great local mountains but I just haven’t managed to get off my duff in the art few years to hit the slopes! Next year, next year…. or maybe even his year, the slopes are still open… YES!

    • Reply annie April 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      you are lucky to be so close to Whistler. This seems like a late season so you should definitely get out there!

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  • Reply Ally May 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Ahh I been dying to learn how to snowboard but I never seem to get around to it! I live in a tropical climate so I settle for wake boarding instead.

    Did you find it hard to learn when you first started?

    • Reply annie May 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

      It was a little bit of a tough process for me, but since you already know how to wakeboard, you should be ok. The hardest thing to learn is the body motion, which is something wakeboarding and snowboarding share. So all thats left is to get on a board and feel it out. Its totally worth it!

  • Reply Skyler May 16, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Love your photos! Sometimes it’s so hard to get good ones with the whiteness of the snow. What camera did you use?

    • Reply Annie May 30, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Hey there! Thanks for the compliment! I actually shot most of these on my iphone and then did a little post work in Photoshop to get the most realistic view of what teh snow looks like in person.

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