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Reliving the Dream

By April 30, 2013

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snowboarderIt's a sad time of year. Another season has come and gone. Yesterday I tucked away my snowboarding gear in the storeroom. It was great while it lasted *sniff*.

Rather than mourn the loss of another season, this blog post is dedicated to remembrance of my five best trips of the season. Here they are.

5. Crested Butte

Ah, Crested Butte, was a cruel mistress. The resort is probably acre-for-acre the most hardcore I've ever seen (the area is 1/3 double-black diamond terrain). However, the snow was thin when I arrived, and I only got one day on soft fresh snow to really enjoy the hill the way it's meant to be enjoyed: steep and fast.

How you tease me, Crested Butte.

4. Jackson Hole

I was lucky enough to arrive at Jackson Hole during one of the first storms of the season. Had I arrived two days later, Jackson Hole would undoubtedly rank higher on this list. My days there were filled with powder, yes, but they were also a white-out and some lifts had to close. The sun came out and the hill tram re-opened the day that I left.

3. Telluride

My visit to the legendary ski town was everything I'd hoped it would be -- complete with an overnight dump of snow that enabled us to hit the high, steep chutes and bowls.

2. Grand Targhee

Grand Targhee is my new favourite secret spot. The people I met there were some of the friendliest I encountered all season. The snow was deep, the terrain was great, and the vibe was chill. And I was introduced to free refills, daytime snowfalls so hard that you can lap one run and ride over your own tracks all day and feel like you're getting fresh turns.

1. Wolf Creek

The three days that I spent at Wolf Creek were far and away the best of the season. It was partly because of the small-town atmosphere, which I love. It was also partly because of the hot springs across the street from our hotel in Pagosa Springs. But, it was mostly because we arrived at the tail end of a storm cycle that dumped 48 inches of snow on the mountain. It was so deep I genuinely wished I had a powder snorkel.

 

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