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Here’s a fun fact about Vail, Colorado. It’s the number one ski vacation destination for the extremely wealthy residents of Mexico City. The filthy rich flee Mexico’s biggest city like clockwork on Christmas and Easter, and for their children, who live with bodyguards so they don’t get kidnapped, it’s the only time they’re on their own. Needless to say, mayhem ensues.
Like snowboarders, these privileged kids from Mexico love to have a good time and Vail provides, so take that into account before you get too mad about the US Open moving to Colorado. Chances are you’ve heard a bunch of people bitch about it being against the spirit of the contest and a slap in the face of Vermont, so let me just put this out there. The town of Vail is stoked to have a reason for snowboarders to come there (the endless traverses are not one of them), beer is stronger at 10k feet, and Burton wanted to turn the event into an X Games-style festival. So that’s that. Love it or hate it, that part’s up to you.
Today I woke up to pow, and had a mountain with actual terrain, and lots of it. The forecast had called for 1-3 inches, the report said 5 inches and the truth was more like knee deep, dude. It was so deep that any desire to watch people spin 1260’s was squashed with my first face shot. Bummer.
I made it back to Golden Peak just in time to hear that Mark McMorris had won for the guys and that the course was slow, very slow. After a few more fun runs (this time with East coasters) I learned the women’s final was canceled because let’s face it, the ACL surgery required would have bankrupted women’s snowboarding. Spencer O’Brien dethroned Jamie Anderson by default, but if you saw her prelims run, she earned her 45k (and that’s not just me trying to get free drinks talking.) If you want lots of details, read the press release or something. Otherwise, check out more sweet cell phone pics I took with the Nokia Lumia 820.
Thanks to Nokia for getting me to the Open this year. I would have really blown it by missing out on one of the best pow days of the year at Vail.