Off Season?

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.

Thanks for a Great Season

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.

Bridge Street - Vail, Colorado

Stores that remain open offer deep discounts.

Off Season Sales

Although bordering on ghost town, you can still get food, often for ridiculous deals at restaurants including Sweet Basil, La Tour, Pazzo’s and Loaded Joe’s.

50% Off

Abasin and Loveland ski areas remain open and are reaping the benefits of all the great snow from the recent storms.  And Jay Peak remains the sentinel for snow in the Northeast.

Spring Snow - Vail Village

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.

Gore Creek Rising - Vail, Colorado

I’m stoked to plan a trip to Moab, Utah in the coming weeks.  And I’m beyond stoked to take photos for the Vail Valley Foundation for the upcoming 2011 Teva Mountain Games.

Aspens, Powder and Sunshine - Vail, Colorado

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.

The Gore Range

Taken from chair 4 on Vail Mountain.

Waiting for Chair 2 - Vail, Colorado

Waiting in the lift line at Vail’s Chair 2 – Avanti.

Bluebird in Bluesky Basin - Vail Mountain

On a Bluesky Basin tree run.

Deep in the Trees - Vail

A powder day in the trees on Vail Mountain.

Mount of the Holy Cross and Bushwackers

Taken from Chair 37, Vail Mountain’s Skyline Express lift.

Riding (the new) Chair 5

Shadows riding on Vail Mountain’s Chair 5.

Riding the Eco Bus - Minturn, Colorado

Commuting in the Vail Valley on the ECO Transit Bus.

Northwoods from Chair 11

Shot while riding Chair 11 out of Northwoods.