26.5-27.5 depending on the boot. I have problem calves.
You see, if you want to know something, just ask. That's interesting. It wouldn't have occurred to me that it was easier on the hips but it makes sense.
Even though temperatures at the Base Lodge were reaching into the mid-40's, and a short burst of rain passed by, it was good to see that Gore summit survived today's mild weather. Looking at the current forecast, there's a possibility that this might be the beginning of the 2017-2018 season's snow pack.
Conditions were very good today, considering it is November and we haven't had any snowfall. Good cover on Showcase from top to bottom. Did not ski Foxlair since we were not interested in Wild Air, but looked okay from the quad and gondola. Ruby Run a little windswept and cold, but fine. (Probably not the greatest conditions on that run today for beginners.) Wild Air looked like it was getting scraped down about halfway. The Arena in good shape.
The view from base lodge at 9:00 a.m.:
Looking up towards Ruby Run traverse from Saddle Lodge:
Looking down the saddle from in front of the lodge:
A shot of the top of Wild Air from the gondola:
Showcase from about 100 yards below Lower Sleighride entrance:
Looking up at Wild Air from end of 2B:
Looking down at The Arena from 2B:
A bird's-eye view of Foxlair and Wild Air from the gondola:
Some interior shots of the renovated Saddle Lodge:
What you see when you walk in:
Looking up at the mezzanine from inside the front entrance:
They kept the old bench on the stairwell (one of only a few places to sit comfortably to adjust your boots):
The upper mezzanine:
Another shot of the upper mezzanine, taken from the lower mezzanine:
The view of the saddle and the quad from the front windows of the upper mezzanine:
And the men's bathroom (I will miss those swinging doors -- I always felt I was in some kind of ski western):
The other thing I wanted to mention is that they added these really annoying parts to the safety bar on the AEII. They basically extend down between your legs, presumably to keep a rider from sliding out. I assume this is because of the woman who fell from the Hunter lift a few years ago. My perspective is that it is one more thing for your gear to get caught on when getting off the lift. Not sure a regular skier designed these.
Thanks for the pics petronio! I didn't have the stones to take any in the lav.
I assumed those guards were for tots, maybe to take some pressure off an adult or instructor skiing with little ones.
That was the thinking when they were added to the lifts at Alta. Still a major pain, especially when only one or two people on a quad chair. When whenever riding up with someone who . . . umm . . . isn't petite like I am.