Thursday, May 31, 2007
I went and road one of the loops today for the first time. If you just ride in and do one loop in takes about an hour. The ride down is a blast...the ride back out is a bear but we are exploring another route that would involve more switchbacks. Next week we will be building bridges for creek crossings, doing more brush cutting, posting signage and clearing out some rocks.
For the first few weeks that the trails are open we will be in "beta testing". At this time we welcome any comments and suggestions. Most of those working on the trails are not mtn. bikers and I am an intermediate rider at best so, we will be involving riders from local bike shops to test our trails and depend on you for suggestions. So give us some time and we'll work hard to develop some great trails here at Powderhorn!
p.s. There is a rumor going around that we are putting in lift served downhill trails. That is not the case this year so please help squash the rumor! Don't want anyone waiting by the lifts...they'd be waiting a long time.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Picture This- Mack Dawg Productions
Mind The Gap- Poor Boyz Productions
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Last week I attended a meeting in Salida that was put on by Colorado Ski Country. About 25 people from almost every ski resort in the state attended the meeting. It's always a fun time when all of us get together. You would think that, being in competition for Colorado skiers, we wouldn't necessarily hang out with each other but that's not the case. The great thing about the ski industry is the friendships and the fact that people tend to encourage and help each other out regardless of the resort. These meetings typically include a few hours of nose-to-the-grindstone stuff and then twice as much time goofing off. For example, this week we had a cocktail hour (ok actually about 3 hours) at the Monarch offices in Salida. Then we met for 3 hours the following morning and then went rafting the rest of the day on the Arkansas River. This was all followed up by an amazing dinner at Laughing Ladies in downtown Salida. As you can see it's about 10% work and 90% fun. I recommend working in the ski industry.
I'll have information for you this week regarding summer projects here at Powderhorn. I just need to find out what's going on first!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
The view from the parking area. The first reservoir you can see in this picture is the central area where most of the loops meet.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Hummingbirds only weigh about 1/10 of an ounce, about as much as a single penny.
They stay warm by eating and moving almost constantly.
A hummingbird's heart beats about 1,000 times per minute.
They fly 24 to 30 miles per hour and up to 60 miles per hour when defending food supplies or attracting mates.
And they eat about half their body weight each day to support their extreme metabolism.
Whew! Wish I had that kind of metabolism myself...
Thursday, May 17, 2007
This is the menu for Saturday Steak Nights....mmmm
Queen Cut- $17.95
King Cut- $21.95
Steak Dianne- $14.95
Medallions of sauteed Top Sirloin finished in a tangy mushroom dijon demi glaze
Jamaican Chicken- $12.95
Chicken breast seasoned with island spices grilled to order topped with a brandy mango chutney, spicy!
Alaskan Cob Loins- $15.95
Sauteed cod loin topped with pine nut dill Burre Blanc
Veggie Option- $10.95
Chef select choice
All entrees come with your choice of soup or salad, your starch, and a medley of vegetables.
1. Split dead limb into fragments and shave one fragment into slivers.
2. Bandage left thumb.
3. Chop other fragments into smaller fragments.
4. Bandage left foot.
5. Make structure of slivers (include those embedded in hand.)
6. Light Match
7. Light Match
8. Repeat "a Scout is cheerful" and light match.
9. Apply match to slivers, add wood fragments, and blow gently into base of fire.
10. Apply burn ointment to nose.
11. When fire is burning, collect more wood.
12. Upon discovering that fire has gone out while out searching for more wood, soak wood from can labeled "kerosene."
13. Treat face and arms for second-degree burns.
14. Re-label can to read "gasoline."
15. When fire is burning well, add all remaining firewood.
16. When thunder storm has passed, repeat steps.
Actual Forest Service Complaints
A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call.
Escalators would help on steep uphill sections.
Instead of a permit system or regulations, the Forest Service needs to reduce worldwide population growth to limit the number of visitors to wilderness.
Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands.
Ban walking sticks in wilderness. Hikers that use walking sticks are more likely to chase animals.
All the mile markers are missing this year.
Found a smoldering cigarette left by a horse.
Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill.
Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests.
Please pave the trails so they can be plowed of snow in the winter.
Chairlifts need to be in some places so that we can get to wonderful views without having to hike to them.
The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake. Please eradicate these annoying animals.
Reflectors need to be placed on trees every 50 feet so people can hike at night with flashlights.
Need more signs to keep area pristine.
A McDonald's would be nice at the trailhead.
Too many rocks in the mountains.
The places where trails do not exist are not well marked.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Baby heads: small boulders about the size of. . yea, that's right. . .a baby's head.
Bagging a Peak: Making it to the summit of a mountain.
Bagging Out: Canceling a ride for something other than a death in the family.
Bagger: A person that habitually bags out. Also known as a loser.
Bonk: Reaching the point of exhaustion.
Boulder Garden: Section of road or trail that is covered with basketball sized or larger boulders.
Dab: Taking your foot off the pedal and touching the ground.
Doubletrack: Overgrown road that is like two parallel trails.
Endo: Going over the handlebars. Usually accompanies by "Oh _____!"
Euell Gibbons Trail: Means that "some parts are rideable."
Excedrin Descent: Bone jarring downhill that rattles your brain (providing you have one).
Feeling Nedly: When older riders are having a particular strong outing.
Gnarly: An 80's term for a particular steep and rough section of trail.
Gnarly Dude: Southern Californian for Gnarly.
Gonzo: Riding with reckless abandon. Not generally appropriate for singletrack.
Hammer: Someone in great shape, who goes all out most of the time.
To Hammer: To stand up on the pedals and go all out.
Pokes: Short for slow pokes. This is someone that always lingers in the back of the pack. This is not a crime.
Portage: To carry your bike.
Poser: Rider that emulates the look of Southern California magazine bike geeks.
Powder Run: Extremely dusty section of trail.
Lycra Lizards: Someone that predominately rides on the pavement. Other names include road geek, roadies, bike nerds, etc.
Ugly Geek Jerseys: Shirts worn by posers that are covered with advertising logos to which they are receiving no compensation.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
The Alpine Trader is bursting at the seams with new summer arrivals. One of my personal favorites are the chocolate covered sunflower seeds, delicious! If you're heading up the mesa, make sure to stop by, have a cup of coffee with us, and check out the store.
And don't forget, this Sunday is Mother's Day! The Mother's Day brunch at Wildewood Restaurant is filling up fast, make sure and get your reservation soon. Call 268-5170.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Here is the swallow that sits on my window sill every day and watches me work. If he isn't watching me he must be tracking all the flies crawling on my windows. Me vs. the flies....so far they are winning. I would love to let this little guy loose on them.
And here is another fox that came to investigate the goings-on at the Sunset Grille on Monday.
Perhaps the most curious of all animals around the lodge are the chipmunks. These little guys will make their way into your office just to say Hi. Unfortunately we are not expecting their company when they drop in and the encounter usually involves some screaming and flailing of the arms. Last summer a chipmunk, who has apparently seen Mission Impossible, made his way into the rental shop through a cracked window, across the shop and into the main lobby, then through a vent into the Alpine Trader. He made this trip several times a day. Upon further investigation we found that he was a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms. By the time we caught him in the act, he must have stored up a full winter supply of colorful chocolate candies.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Up to 99,999 visits: Powderhorn Resort, CO
100,000 – 250,000 skier visits: Angel Fire Resort, NM
250,000 – 500,000 skier visits: Stevens Pass, WA
500,000 or more skier visits: Okemo Mountain Resort, VT
So what does that really mean? Well we won for our text messaging program. So if you are on our text message list, THANKS! Powderhorn was one of a small handful of resorts across America that started using this form of marketing. To put it quite frankly...it's cheap for us, and hopefully delivers good information and deals to you, our loyal customers. Those on our text message list will be the first to hear about the opening of the mtn. bike trails and receive specail deals throughout the summer and next season. If you want to be in the loop, just text the word DEALS to 95495. It's a free service and you can opt out anytime.
Thanks again to those of you that jumped on board this year!
Monday, May 07, 2007
If you are an avid mountain biker and have an interest in helping out with our new trail system, leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great Monday!
Thursday, May 03, 2007
First Take Productions and Powderhorn present the "Spring Into Fashion" auction and fashion show to benefit Community in Action. This is going to be a really fun event. The evening includes a silent auction, social hour with cocktails & hors d'oeuvres, fashion show with professional models, and after party with entertainment by rising country star Kelly J. Tons of sponsors, national designers, and professional models will make this one party you don't want to miss!
Saturday, May 5
Social Hour- 5:30pm
Show begins- 6:30pm
After party- 9:30pm
Tickets are $20 advance and $30 at the door. All proceeds benefit Community in Action!Semi-formal dress is required
Models are starting to arrive today and the production crew is currently setting up the stage and runway. We've had great companies donate tons of good food and the models will be sporting some impressive lines. If you've been wanting something different to do on a Saturday night, this is definitely it!
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park- watch the geyser erupt live! Tip: look in the upper left corner of the cam for next predicted erruption.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt- try to catch it early in the day or later in the evening (our time) to catch a glimpse of them in the light
Yosemite National Park- live shot of the Ansel Adams view
Yavapai Point, Grand Canyon
Panama Canal- live view of ships entering the locks
79% of those from Colorado are from the Grand Valley
10% of those from Colorado are from the Delta/Montrose area
3% of those from Colorado are from the Denver area