January 6 to 13, 2008
Vail Trip Is One for the Record Books
Conditions at Vail in early January were good when 62 members of the West Long Branch Community Center Ski Club arrived on Jan. 6 and it only got better as the week progressed. The club could not have found a better way to celebrate the New Year with new snow measured in feet rather than inches.
There were a lot of highlights for the week, but the real star of the trip was the light, fluffy snow that is the epitome of western skiing. The cold temperatures kept the snow flakes light, so that it was perfect for those who love deep powder and those who want soft, groomed corduroy. Vail locals said it was the best conditions they had seen in decades.
The week started with blue skis and ended with three days of fresh powder. Although it was cold enough to make for great skiing, it was never too cold to enjoy the slopes. Vail’s 5,200-plus acres of ski terrain could swallow most other areas but everyone did their best to experience the front runs, the limitless bowls, and Blue Sky Basin, which was new to many members.
A group dinner on Monday at the Evergreen Lodge, where everyone was staying, gave club members a chance to get to know one another or renew friendships and the Evergreen held a wine and cheese party for all hotel guests later in the week.
Club members sampled a number of restaurants in the area from the casual Flying Burrito, French Deli and pizza place, to the more elegant dining establishments. A few members sampled the night clubs, while some chose the hotel bar for after-ski activities and evening football games or karaoke and many visited the shops at Lionshead or Vail Village, but no matter what activities were selected to round out the week of superb skiing, it was a memorable week for the West Long Branch club members.