Andrew Rivkin

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Skiing aspen highlands

Very awesome bowl in the back. Access is by cat and then a hike. Definitely worth the effort. Power last a long time up there due to the work. Remember powder skis, powder strings, backpack for skis. GPS, cellphone and avalanche stuff wouldn't hurt either. Worth going back to.

Food

Wild fig in Aspen. Food was good. French bistro style. Cute decor. Worth a return visit.

Travel

Stayed at the 2 bedroom Skyloft at the MGM Grand hotel in Vegas. The room is about 3000 sqft and very swanky. The service is excellent with a private butler. Definitely worth going back too. Leaders club came through with an upgrade to the two bedroom. Prices are reasonable during the week. Check the website.

Travel

Hyatt Grand Aspen. Stayed in two different rooms. 31BC was alright but nothing to right home about. 50AB was kind of cool cause it had its own jacuzzi on the roof deck. Hotel is a 3-4 star in a good location in Aspen. Not worth a second visit unless it was a great room and I was in a pinch.

Skiing vail

Huge mountain with a lot of options. Found some unreal pow pow off ptarmigan ridge. Great run all the way down to the chair without much hiking. A must do on the next visit. GPS would help to find the chair from the closed area which would yield another 15-20 turns and less walking out. This was waist deep powder 4 days from the last snow fall (6"). A real find, I hope no one reads this blog. Cascade also has some pow due to the lack of traffic but it is low and was a bit heavy.

Skiing snowmass

Snowmass was a nice surprise. Found some awesome pow pow off the high alpine chair via a hike up to the wall. Hike was a lot of work but felt good to reach the top. Next day skied the campground chair. Great gladed pow pow. After 2 days it was clear that this mountain has a lot to offer. No lines. Lots of fun stuff with freshies avail after 3 days without snow. Skied mainly of the low speed chairs but was not bothered. Guess I'm getting old.

Skiing aspen mountain

Take the powder tour. A good place to go if you are ski in, ski out.

Food

Cashe cashe in Aspen. Food very good. Decor is plain. Worth a return visit. Pool hall/bar next door.

Food

Ate at the Nobu resturant in Aspen, twice. Food is excellent. Black cod is unreal and everything else is great. Sat in the lounge without reservations twice without a wait. Menu has enough great dishes to awe and it is very inexpensive (for Aspen)

Food

Ate at the Stage Deli in Vegas. Half soup, half sandwich. Cabbage and pastrami. Food is excellent. So good I had to go back twice in one trip. For Vegas that is a huge compliment. Found one in the MGM as well. Will try it next time.

Travel

Stayed at the Belligio hotel in Vegas. Nice room if you get the lake view. Shopping is boring and hotel is a bit stuffy but pretty. Eating at Olives on the patio is a must. Not my first choice in vegas but it is above average cause of the water show and room.

Travel

Stayed at the Belligio hotel in Vegas. Nice room if you get the lake view. Shopping is boring and hotel is a bit stuffy but pretty. Not my first choice in vegas but it is above average cause of the water show and room.

Skiing

Skied on the Solomon X Wing. Great ski for the pow pow. Soft shovel and nice flotation. Works ok on the groomers too but wouldn't want it if I wasn't in search of freshies.

Travel

Stayed in vail, lionshead at the cascade village resort. Supposed to be a 5 star hotel but seems more like a 3-4 star. Great location though with easy access to the mountain even on busy days.

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Lawrence after the hike up to ptarmigan ridge.

Skiing

Skied on the Volkl AC3 Unlimited 163cm. Great ski on the groomers. Very trustworthy. Can rock without getting too out of control. Liked its performance on the pow as well. Not as good as having a big flotation and a soft shovel but had no complaints (who complains in the pow). Went with a 27.0 Dabello boot which is the right size.

Travel

Glenwood springs hotel. On the way to Aspen in Glenwood springs. Looks like it has an interesting outdoor pool/hot spring. Worth looking into further if the location makes sense.

Map Location vail

Unreal. Serious powder.

This is my current location.

http://maps.BlackBerry.com?lat=39.58827&lon=-106.36929&z=4

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Map Location vail high noon lift

Found some pow on ptarmigan ridge. A short hike up from game creek lift. Unreal, now new snow for 3 days and we find powder on a bluesky sunday in vail.

This is my current location.

http://maps.BlackBerry.com?lat=39.59051&lon=-106.36114&z=4

Map Location vail

Lift line at vail

This is my current location.

http://maps.BlackBerry.com?lat=39.60927&lon=-106.38518&z=5

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Map Location snowmass campground

This is my current location.

Skiing the pow pow left over from yesterday night. In the trees all day with freshies all over the place. Sunny and 0 degrees. What could be better.

http://maps.BlackBerry.com?lat=39.20434&lon=-106.97974&z=2

Friday, January 25, 2008

Map Location snowmass

Pow pow at snowmass. 6" last night. Can't believe I'm up so early.

This is my current location.

http://maps.BlackBerry.com?lat=39.18110&lon=-106.93809&z=2

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Map Location aspen highland bowl

This is my current location.

http://maps.BlackBerry.com?lat=39.13571&lon=-106.86409&z=5

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Skiing

In Aspen at the Grand Hyatt. About to ski on Volkl AC3 and Dalbello 26.5. Worried that the boots are too small. May change them before I start.

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