Friday! Friday! Gotta Get Down on Friday!

Welcome to the weekend! Photo above taken at Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort in Oregon this week, they’re set with outstanding conditions for Bert’s Day tomorrow. This honors the late Bert Vanderwall, one of the resort’s founders. This is the day that all the regulars ski Bert’s Run and ring the bell…World Cup ladies in Spindleruv Mlyn (CZE) today, Mikaela Shiffrin returning to the site of her very first run at the top level, way back when she was 15-years-old and gamely ended up some 4 seconds behind the winner. Perhaps that was echoing in Shiff’s head as she gaborked up the first shot down the giant slalom course. She charged back in the second run to wind up third on the podium behind winner Petra Vlhova and runner up Viktoria Rebensburg. The finish order kept Vlhova technically alive for the GS globe, but she needs to win and Shiffrin has to lose big in order for that to happen. Interesting how history almost repeated itself, for it was Rebensburg who won Shiffrin’s debut race back in the day…meanwhile the men are in Kranjska Gora (Slo) this weekend for a pair of tech events where Marcel Hirscher ought to wrap up whatever he wants to wrap up…snow easing up a bit in Summit County, Copper Mountain has their power back and the plan was to start the day with a half dozen lifts going, more to follow as mountain ops allows…still troubles at Arapahoe Basin; CDOT and CAIC staff worked into the night and today continuing to mobilize resources to A-Basin and Highway 6. Resort says “This morning avalanche mitigation teams are actively working on the paths that threaten the highway. We still do not have a projected re-opening time. PLEASE stay away until we announce when our re-opening will occur. We will update this report by 1:00 p.m. today.” So yeah, don’t head to the Basin today.

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