The 2009-2010 Vail Valley Ski Season started off slowly. There just wasn't enough snow to make the skiing interesting. There were some lovely powder days but compared to the 2008-2009 ski season, neither the amount nor the quality of the snow was memorable.
The occasional snow falls were just enough for some of Audre's occasional powder skiing
The Red Coat Guest Services Volunteer in this snap is Tom Edwards with a Monday 50+ Ski With Us group
Dimitri gave the Richmonds a tour of Beaver Creek and also took this photo
Even though on February 1, 2010, Vail Mountain only had a 36" base and had had 138" total snow to that date (about 70% of normal), the season wasn't over yet. It started snowing and the conditions got better and better. Although our season ski day totals were not impressive (just over 40 days--about the same as our second season in Val d'Isere, France), the late season newly-fallen snow quality was awesome (some days).
Generally during the season, we skied one day a week at Beaver Creek (and Audre skied the Birds of Prey top to bottom with some grace and style). It seemed to get boring, however, because we repeated runs too often there. Seeing the Crystal Grotto one day was really fun though.
The impressive handmade ice instruments and ice cave at the Crystal Grotto at Beaver Creek
The Taste of Vail Mountaintop Picnic is a blast, with fantastic views, food and wine