If you are among the lucky snow-souls who skied or rode the sweetness at Vail last Sunday, hold onto your powder dreams a little longer.
(I was at Breck, where conditions were super, but not powtastic, and as a result, some of you overly and overtly stoked Vail skiers made me feel like I missed out. The grass is always greener, the snow is always fresher.)
Friday is looking like a good day for a little fresh, according to opensnow.com, but you’re not getting a repeat performance of mega-pow this weekend.
Meanwhile, Colorado’s snowpack was frightening and deadly last weekend — there were three avalanche fatalities on Sunday, two of which were inbounds skiers — and the backcountry forecast looks scary again this weekend. Thursday’s report from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center says:
“Periods of heavy snowfall and moderate to strong west and northwest winds Thursday night will combine to raise the avalanche danger to HIGH (Level 4) if the forecast verifies or snowfall amounts are exceeded.”
OK! I’m sticking to Eldora’s Nordic Center, my frequent refuge this winter.
Maybe you’re avoiding the snow altogether right now. Maybe you’re sticking with rock climbing. If so, this could be a good weekend for finding a crag that’s both sunny and sheltered from the wind. And in the evenings, try one of these climber-y activities:
‘Park Life’ at Prana
The Louder Than 11 crew of climbers and filmmakers have a new feature flick out — “Park Life,” a story about their bouldering adventures in Yosemite — and they’re showing it at Boulder’s Prana store Saturday night.
Also showing: never-before seen footage of Paul Robinson Tiffany Hensley climbing in New England.
Also also: It costs $3, and all of the proceeds go to the Access Fund. Free beer provided by Avery. Free psych to go train hard the next day provided by LT11.
Info: 7 p.m. Saturday; Prana store, 1147 Pearl St. lt11.com
Saturday night, University of Colorado students who are interested in the CU Climbing Team should head to The Spot for the team’s annual meeting. It’s an afterhours deal for students curious about the team, says team president Andrew Persons.
The Spot, all to yourselves? Maybe I’m interested in the team, too? I can go back to school…
Info: 8 p.m. Saturday, The Spot climbing gym.
Climb for Rhinos
Do you like rhinoceroses?
By the way, I had to look up the plural of rhinoceros (ending it in “I” is incorrect), and I learned a fun fact: a group of rhinoceroses is sometimes called a crash.
Do you like crashes of rhinoceroses? Who doesn’t? You can support climbers of Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro who are supporting rhinos via their climb at a fundraiser on Sunday night for Climb for Conservation, an Aspen-based nonprofit.
The fundraiser is at Shine, and the music is by local Brazilian fave Sambadende.
Don’t crash this party. It’s bad for the rhinos.
Oh that was bad…