8-14-16 by dave

This was the first weekend of this year’s Oktoberfest festivities.  The Plaza was all set up with all the food stations and beer vendors.  Celebrity circle was full of craft tents and more Local Breweries all set up.  There was music on Chickadee and all the activities were in full swing.  I took a Tram to the peak to check out the Summer time set up of the Summit at Hidden Peak.  Here is a shot of Mark, the manager of the Summit, who was giving me the low down on all the offerings available on the peak. DSC03955I was enjoying looking at all the terrain that we blaze over during the Winter, now looking verdant and lush even after all this hot dry weather we have been having.  Here is a shot of the Lewis and Clark area that will be waiting for the first blistering runs when it gets covered.   There was a real nip in the air on the peak, which felt great after the triple digit temps. we have beenDSC03956living with recently.  The old Patrol Shack has been razed and the grade restored.  There is a nice stone wall being built along the edge that will hold the snow on the peak.  Here is a shot ofDSC03953Twins with the stone wall creating a visual boarder.  It is great to have the Summit complete and fully operational after all the time of construction.  This is the first Summer of operation up there and I know it will be a real asset for the resort.  I took this shot of Pipeline, framed by the upper portal on the West side of the Summit.  DSC03954With the arrival of Oktoberfest, we are now on the down hill side of time sliding into the Winter Season.  It will not be long until the Tram is running up the brand new track cables, bringing the Faithful to the holy grail.  It is fun to look down from the peak and imagine the lines and times that are to come in it’s due time.  The best training is the inner visualizations that will unfold when the first turn is made.  Speed Safely!!

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