BREAKING: Vail Lift Lines Visible from Space

Vail-1000-Year-Crowd-Vail

Vail Lift Lines Visible from Space, Area to Remain Under Severe Winter Crowd Watch

 

January 31, 2014 Vail, CO – 1,000-Year Crowd Results in Vail Lift Lines Long Enough to be Visible from Outer Space.

For a brief moment Friday morning, the clouds parted from the massive snow storm hitting the the Colorado Rocky Mountains just long enough for satellite cameras to take a quick shot of Vail Ski Resort and capture the tens of thousands waiting in Vail Resorts’ lift lines.

Throughout Wednesday and Thursday, storms have been dumping snow on the Colorado Rockies, leaving the Vail Ski Resort with 26 inches of new snow and counting. With so much hype for an epic powder day, crowds developed early Friday morning in the thousands, hitting the lift lines by 7:20 AM and leaving the Vail Village and Lionshead areas a complete disaster. Vail is to remain under a severe Winter Crowd Warning until 4:30 PM, Sunday.

Local Crowdologist, Matt Holmes, described the crowd as a kind of perfect storm.

1000-Year-Crowd-Zoom-Vail“The travel pattern is a phenomenon called the ‘Weekend Warrior Vortex’. The pattern starts to develop when snow reports climb above the 12 inch mark. The hype begins to circulate and build in the Front Range and surrounding areas during the evening. The pressure continues to build overnight, and is released up the mountains along I-70. The influx starts to dissipate in Summit County, but with Weekend Warrior numbers in the tens of thousands, the effects of this pattern can be felt as far West as Beaver Creek. When you combine weather reports like the ones we’ve had, and a weekend that is not blacked out [for Local Epic Pass holders], the results could turn out to be a 1,000-Year Crowd.”

The blast of the crowd pattern has a crippling effect on the locals.

“All my favorite powder stashes become completely inaccessible. Busses fill up, no parking is available and the streets are a total mess. Supermarkets are completely ransacked. You can’t get a restaurant reservation or even find an open bar stool. Us locals just have shut ourselves in the house and wait it out,” said local yoga instructor, Elise Reynolds.

Crowd accumulation is expected to reach the hundreds of thousands by the end of the weekend. “We’re just going to have to brace ourselves and hope for the best. There could be no remaining resources by the time these crowds are over.”

Like this article? Visit our shop for great Après apparel and more.

Best BEWI Expo Swag Report

BEWI Ski and Snowboard Expo

So, you paid $15 to get into Boston.com Ski and Snowboard Expo this weekend, and it better be worth it. You know you’re going to be able to take advantage of good sales from Colorado Ski and Golf (click here for an extra coupon) and the ski resorts. But let’s address the real issue… Are you going to walk away with some sweet, winter-worthy swag? Here is our Denver Best BEWI Swag Report.

Continue reading

New Designer Après Ski Wear Available This Nov.

Ullr Post Featured

Double Black Designs Releases New Clothing Line at BEWI Ski and Snowboard Expo 2014

Coming this November, Double Black Designs is releasing a new line of clothing – Après Ski Wear – featuring three designs from Elise Reynolds. The clothing line will debut at the BEWI Ski and Snowboard Expo in Denver November 8-10, 2013, and be available on the online store shortly after. Here are some previews of Elise’s designs.

Continue reading

Energy Muffins Recipe

Elise and the Muffins (real muffins)

I noticed my breakfasts weren’t quite cutting it for the harsh weather and long runs early in the morning. Also, trying to make first chair doesn’t exactly bode well for having enough time for a huge breakfast. My solution is these super muffins. They are packed full of nutrients and protein and a touch of sweetness to give a little pick-me-up especially with that coveted cup of coffee. So make a batch and grab a couple when you are running out the door up to the mountain.

Continue reading

Baked meatballs. Keeping you full, happy, and still healthy.

Meatballs From Start to Finish

Ever work up an appetite skiing? Uh…yeah of course! Well this is a take on a classic that will fill you up and pair with a ton of different options. I have some allergies so I tend to modify my recipes to make sure they don’t have any corn or tomato and limit the dairy.

I paired this with a great whole wheat pasta and some pesto (going to be honest here, the pesto is from Costco but it is soooo good). My resident sommelier also paired a great German wine called Meinklang with it and it couldn’t be better. I also couldn’t have a happier man here. So give it a go next time you want a hearty meal and let me know your thoughts.

Continue reading

Pit-bull Attack of Love

Attack of Dog Love

As you may have learned, we have a very loving pit-bull/lab/boxer mix that is pretty much amazing.  When on a walk, we were able to miraculously capture the beauty of a pit-bull attack of love.  The loving Stella stalked her prey with eyes of passion.  When her victim slipped and fell in the depths of the new powdery snow, she swept in and the tongue came out and the launch into action commenced. If you have ever questioned the personality or amazingness of a pit-bull, think again.

Snow in Vail, Dreams are Happenin’

Pray for Snow

Dreams are coming true, and we couldn’t be more excited!

Matt, Stella and I just moved up to the Vail, Colorado. We wanted to fully embrace the ski culture and snow in a way that we all have wanted to explore (especially Stella). I know it was a rough decision as you can imagine…ha ha.  It has been great settling into our new lives up here.  Although, I have to remember how to get out there and meet people. Stella and I are keeping busy working on designing, creating yellow snow, and making puzzles.

Continue reading