Chief Snow Junkie

Grading the Gear: The Losers

After 100 days on the road, it's pretty clear which gear managed to make the cut...and which is garbage. I have a very simple method for buying gear. Buy it on ...

Ski Area #50! Vail, CO

Day 100 Location: Vail, CO Resorts: 50 out of 50 Well, here we are. The 100th day and the 50th resort. 100DOW kicked off with a big party and ended with a...

Pond Skimming! 4 at 4 Party! Last Day!

Day 100 Location: Vail, CO Resorts: 50 out of 50 I'm still recovering from the final week of 100DOW and too tired to write up the last six. Here are a few ...

Ski Area #49: Berthoud Pass, CO

Day 99 Location: Winter Park, CO Resorts: 49 out 50 At the beginning of this project, I said that I would ride 50 ski areas. I never said that they would all...

Ski Area #48: Echo Mountain, CO

Day 97 Location: Idaho Springs, CO Resorts: 48 out of 50 With only a solitary double chair and surrounded by some of the largest ski areas in the country, Ec...
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Grading the Gear: The Winners

What a season. I've been using the same gear for just about three months, more than enough time to form some opinions. Here are the standouts from this winter. ...

Ski Area #47: Winter Park, CO

Day 95 Location: Winter Park, CO Ski Areas: 47 out of 50 I had been to Winter Park twice before and both times I must have missed the entrance to the Mary Ja...

Ski Area #46: A-Basin, CO

Day 93 Location: Dillon, CO Ski Areas: 46 out of 50 Back when I worked at Keystone and got a pass to all five Vail Resorts, I frequently found myself up at A...

Ski Area #45: Eldora, CO

Day 92 Location: Nederland, CO Ski Areas: 45 out of 50 "I love Eldora," the guy on the lift told me. "When I was younger, I used to go to Summit every weeken...