Name: Austen Doherty
What were some activities you did? Snowboarding
Where was your adventure Winter Park CO
What did you do?
A bunch of us Midwesterners decided that we wanted to get some good pictures while snowboarding out in Winter Park so the First of three days of snowboarding we wanted to go to the top of mountain. So we took the super gauge express lift to 11,000 feet then we took the columbine run to the panoramic express lift, which brought us up to about 12,000 feet. We took our pictures in front of the coveted North Cone 12,060 foot marker, we then sat and enjoyed the scenery. After talking to a few locals about the difficulty of the terrain in the Cirque basin, we decided that we could handle it. We then let our egos guide us right past the experts only sign then began our voyage to the basin drop-ins. We hiked for what seemed like an eternity, snowboards on our back. Our midwestern lungs were giving all they had in the thin Colorado air, and we were down to out tshirts in a matter of minutes. The total walk was roughly a mile according to my GPS. Upon arriving at the drop-in points that would get us into the South basin we watched a handful of skiers make it down and another handful yard sales all over the mountain side. One of the guys in our group let peer pressure get the best of him and decided to drop in and become one the unlucky souls sending skis, hats and gloves all over the snow. After seeing this the rest of us came to our senses and started the journey back to some non expert level terrain. We were able to flag down a snow cat that we didn’t have passes for to give us a ride back. We wasted about 4 hours of snowboarding but the views were well worth it. The snow gods were good to us though as the following day we got a foot of powder and had some of the best conditions you could ask for. All in All Winter park is an amazing resort and has a lot less people that some of the bigger name resorts. I would recommend it to anyone.
Personal I learned that you should know your limits especially when going form the midwest to Colorado and if a guy smoking a joint at the top of a mountain tells you you should be fine in the experts only area don't believe him.