An attached garage is pretty much the best thing you can have on your place if you live in this area. I’m sure it’s something my grandmother considered when she purchased a nice little townhouse in Vail in the early ’70s. She lived there for the next 30 years, and then I became lucky enough to move into the place.
At that time, the idea of 12-month per year snowboarding, for me, was inconceivable. I’m not the splitboarding type, it takes too much time. On a good year I might do two trips up nearby couloirs. The convenience of the sport is what provides me my ability to ride every day in the winter.
Now, over the course of the last few years, snowboarding in our area has become a 12-month per year option, and it’s quite convenient. Nearby Copper Mountain has transformed what’s possible, turning their winter halfpipe into a patch of snow that lasts all summer long. Over the last few years, the Big Island public park has been open on Saturdays and Sundays to anyone and everyone who wants to get on snow. This year, it’s open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
“Last year we were able to keep the park open through Oct. 2 … and we’re looking like we’re going to be able to do it again this year,” Chris Stellato, the regional marketing supervisor at Copper Mountain, told me on Wednesday. “It’s something that we think brings a lot of value to the experience here at Copper, and it’s definitely something that we’re going to continue to do for the years to come, for sure.”
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