GeoLand Ski Day – March 4, 2011

Title: RMAG & DAPL GeoLand Ski Day

Location: Keystone Mountain Resort

What: Downhill Ski, Cross Country Ski, Snowboard, Apres Ski Party

Publication: The Outcrop, May 2011, p. 28-29

This year’s trip to Keystone Resort was a great time for everyone who was fortunate enough to get on board and enjoy the ski slopes on our 2011 GeoLand Ski Day.

The day started with a warm welcome at Heritage Square parking lot with Petroleum Field Services (PFS) serving coffee, donuts and gifts to the geologists, landmen and the many industry friends that joined in for a fun time in our beautiful Colorado mountains. It was wonderful day of skiing and socializing for a rowdy group of 114 downhill and cross country skiers as well as a few snow riders who were rewarded with great snow conditions – sporting 5 inches of new snow on top of a 75” base. The snow cats were running in the back bowls for the ones who wanted the challenge of the steep and deep runs in the outer limits. Others cruised the groomed runs of Flying Frenchman and Wild Irishman on the front side of the mountain. The Nastar course saw many spills and thrills with a very heated competition of inexperienced racers. The fastest times for the men’s podium medals were run by Chris Gough with a time of 24.17, Doug Potter 24.40 and Jevin Croteau 24.66. On the women’s podium was one very Speedy Paula Dean at 25.53, Lindsey Vonn Woods 30.59 and Marlene Racing Rose at 31.20.

It was great to see so many new participants as well as those who have enjoyed this event for many years like Tommy Thompson, Pat Irwin, Jim Lowell and others. Luigis Pasta House in the River Run Village hosted a fabulous Après ski party with a delicious spread of Italian food and a variety of beverages from local microbrewers. Awards and door prizes were announced and given out to the lucky winners at the party. At 5:30 PM the buses departed for a smooth and relaxing ride back to Denver with Warren Miller extreme skiing films playing on the video screens and a birthday challenge sponsored by Marlowe’s restaurant.

This year’s trip was hosted by both the RMAG and DAPL.

Chris Gough and Larry Bennett were Chairmen for the RMAG and Patsy Botts was chairman for the DAPL. Also, a big thank you to Richard Hall and the many others for all their help.

Special thanks go out to the sponsors listed who make this annual event possible. If you weren’t able to join us this year, consider joining in with us next year. Those who did attend, thank you for your participation and we hope to see you again next year.