Vail Mountain‘s closing day was this past Sunday, April 24, 2011. All the traditional off season indicators have appeared. And the valley continues to get snow.
Bridge Street is silent. Completely void of ski boots on cobblestone, populated by only a few locals, several lost souls in town for a conference and the occasional I-70 traveler.
Stores that remain open offer deep discounts.
Just like the milestones indicating the start of the winter season, there are numerous ones denoting off season. The obvious ones are the lack of tourists, lack of local traffic, no lines at City Market and Safeway. And of course the lack of sound from the frontside lifts. With spring melts, Gore Creek slowly begins to rise, subtly at first.
And if this snow keeps up, I’ll try to earn some turns snowshoeing up to the top of Vail Mountain for some frontside tree runs. Maybe catch some turns in Minturn. Vail Pass? Here are some shots from the 2010/2011 Winter Season. Enjoy.
Taken from chair 4 on Vail Mountain.
Waiting in the lift line at Vail’s Chair 2 – Avanti.
On a Bluesky Basin tree run.
A powder day in the trees on Vail Mountain.
Taken from Chair 37, Vail Mountain’s Skyline Express lift.
Shadows riding on Vail Mountain’s Chair 5.
Commuting in the Vail Valley on the ECO Transit Bus.
Shot while riding Chair 11 out of Northwoods.