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    ABC's ski bumming season 2017, Part II, North America

    If you were wondering where Part I was, it's the Hokkaido, Japan thread:
    http://forums.alpinezone.com/showthr...Jan-4-10-2017).

    (and if you are curious as to the background of my ski bumming season, it's here: http://forums.alpinezone.com/showthr...ight=corporate )

    I've been on the road for a few weeks now. Unfortunately, internet access is proving to be somewhat difficult where I was crashing at. I'm only now starting to catch up on the trip report. So please bear with me. Hopefully, between skiing hard and sleeping hard, I'll find a few minutes each day to write up some of the more memorable days.

    Day 0: (1/20)

    First thing I put in the car, are my skis: 2 alpine, 1 cx, 1 tele.

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    Staring at the skis neatly lined up in my trunk, I was mesmerized by the sight. It suddenly occurred to me, this isn't just another ski trip. It will be my first "season", which is a whole new different kind of ski experience I've never had before!



    And at my age, it could also be the beginning of the end of my corporate life if I'm not careful.
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    awesome. have fun, and hope you can euthanize your corporate life and keep bumming as long as you want.

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    First stop: Summit county Colorado.

    As soon as I got my pink slip, I bought the Vail resort's Epic pass. That gives me 5 mountains in Colorado alone. Plus I have a buddy there who has space for me to crash for a few weeks.

    I pulled out of New York on Sunday 1/22 just ahead of that big coastal storm that partially paralyzed the entire east coast. Good omen, I considered.

    The drive through the plains though, were mind numbing and seemed never ending! It reminded me why I fled the midwest and moved to the east coast (and had been reasonably content in New York for all these years: I had a low standard to compare with).

    When I finally got through Nebraska and saw the sign "Welcome to Colorado", my heart skipped a beat, and my head was suddenly filled with excitement!
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    Quote Originally Posted by abc View Post
    First stop: Summit county Colorado.

    As soon as I got my pink slip, I bought the Vail resort's Epic pass. That gives me 5 mountains in Colorado alone. Plus I have a buddy there who has space for me to crash for a few weeks.

    I pulled out of New York on Sunday 1/22 just ahead of that big coastal storm that partially paralyzed the entire east coast. Good omen, I considered.

    The drive through the plains though, were mind numbing and seemed never ending! It reminded me why I fled the midwest and moved to the east coast (and had been reasonably content in New York for all these years: I had a low standard to compare with).

    When I finally got through Nebraska and saw the sign "Welcome to Colorado", my heart skipped a beat, and my head was suddenly filled with excitement!

    I've done this drive so many times now and I know what you mean by crossing into Colorado where 76 splits from 80. Its glorious for a few minutes then you realize you're still in the plains for 4 more hours lol. Overall I kinda like the driving after Chicagoland as the miles are a blur!

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    Quote Originally Posted by abc View Post

    And at my age, it could also be the beginning of the end of my corporate life if I'm not careful.
    I did this. It was one of the very best decisions I've ever made.

    I will look forward to following this thread, ABC. Enjoy your journey!



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    Quote Originally Posted by abc View Post
    First stop: Summit county Colorado.

    As soon as I got my pink slip, I bought the Vail resort's Epic pass. That gives me 5 mountains in Colorado alone. Plus I have a buddy there who has space for me to crash for a few weeks.

    I pulled out of New York on Sunday 1/22 just ahead of that big coastal storm that partially paralyzed the entire east coast. Good omen, I considered.

    The drive through the plains though, were mind numbing and seemed never ending! It reminded me why I fled the midwest and moved to the east coast (and had been reasonably content in New York for all these years: I had a low standard to compare with).

    When I finally got through Nebraska and saw the sign "Welcome to Colorado", my heart skipped a beat, and my head was suddenly filled with excitement!
    I get the drive as we did it last April, however, I had company - my wife, son, a dog and a cat. Having never been out in some of these areas I did find some areas fascinating. We came across Kansas on the 70 and entered Colorado under darkness but pretty excited. It was a drive that changed our lives!

    Maybe we will run into you along the way. Great story so far!

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    I missed the Big Dump which ended on the Sunday before my arrival. Instead, I got to tackle the drive up a barely plowed dirt road to my buddy's place where I will crash for the entirety of my stay.
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    Well, beggars can't be choosers. At least my car has AWD, and I had fitted them with the best snow tires I could find.

    I made it up with relative ease. My little AWD sedan marched steadily up the steep section in 1st gear (it has manual override, which I used often for my short stay here). Evidence of the recent dump was easy to see:
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    Coming back down (grocery shopping) was a white knuckled affair. I've driven on snowy roads on the flat land, I've driven on big mountains in the dry weather. But driving up and down steep roads that aren't showing the surface is new to me.

    Fortunately, my buddy in Silverthorne had been a transport bus/van driver in snow country for half her life. So I ask her to drive MY car down the hill, as a way to show me how to drive on steep & snowy roads PROPERLY. (her own choice of transport is a burly SUV, as most locals do)
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    I'm not going to do a daily blog about my activities of each day. (plus, the site has been temperamental lately, some of my posts got lost half way through writing)

    It's just skiing and more skiing. Some days has better condition than others. And a couple days I didn't ski because I had to get some "work" done. Not paying work, but just chores to make my ski bumming season working smoothly. I'll focus on days that are more memorable only.

    1/25 - 2/10, Summit County, Colorado:
    http://forums.alpinezone.com/showthr...orado?p=970695

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    Keep up the great adventure. I'm trying to track your progress through your posts/threads here. You still have months to go, correct? Stay safe and have fun. I hope every once in a while you will share with us some of your travel lessons-learned and some of your trip highlights on and off the slopes.
    I am interested in doing an article on the topic of "ski sabbaticals" and I might want to pick your brain at some point.

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