The Outsider: The importance of pre-snow patience (column) |

The Outsider: The importance of pre-snow patience (column)

SDN sports editor Phil Lindeman.

Joel Gratz says we all just need to be patient this winter.

Like the majority of the skiing public, I read Gratz’s Open Snow blog posts religiously. He’s funny, informative and talks about something all of us love: Powder, and when it will arrive.

In his most recent update, Gratz warned that Colorado’s unusually warm October will likely be followed by underwhelming snow in November, December and January. Things will pick up in March, April and May, but until then, we might not see the full effects of this super-strong El Nino that meteorologists are predicting. Here’s hoping California fares better — we might want it, but ski areas along the Pacific Coast desperately need it.

Gratz wasn’t all doom and gloom though. He admitted that long-range forecasts are extremely unreliable, especially in the Rockies, and reminded everyone that, yes, winter will still arrive, just as it always has forever.

Still, patience is a virtue for anyone, from powder hounds to folks who want fall to stick around a bit longer. Good life advice from Gratz.

Last chance for adult rec leagues

It’s time to move inside, rec lovers.

The weather outside is far from frightful, but it will be soon enough. Duh, it’s the mountains. That means coed indoor adult leagues across Summit kick into high gear next week.

In Silverthorne, the competitive four-on-four coed volleyball league still has four spots remaining. Play begins on Oct. 19 (as in Monday) and runs for eight weeks until Dec. 7. Cost is $180 per team. Get signed up by calling the rec center at (970) 262-7370.

Also in Silverthorne is a four-on-four micro soccer league, played with mini goals on the basketball court. Teams are limited to 12 players, and everyone needs shin guards, socks and non-skid shoes. This one is through High Country Soccer and runs 21 weeks from Nov. 7 to April 9. Registration is $925 per team. To sign up, call HCS directly at (970) 423-6283.

In Breck, the six-on-six coed volleyball league begins Oct. 19 and runs Monday nights through Dec. 14. Cost is $285 per team. The adult five-on-five basketball league begins Oct. 20 and goes every Tuesday night until Dec. 15. Cost on that is $360 per team. Register soon — both tend to fill up fast in the waning hours.

Breck Bucks vs. Pikes Peak Miners

After a shaky start against Aspen in early October, the Breck Bucks — Summit’s new college-level hockey team — found a rhythm on the road in Grand Junction last week, beating the Glacier Yetis in two straight games. That included an 8-7 overtime win and a 10-2 blowout. The team might be young and untested, but those wins prove it’s loaded with fierce talent.

The Bucks return to Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breck this weekend for the second home stand of the season. This time, it’s the Pikes Peak Miners of Colorado Springs. Saturday’s game begins at 8:05 p.m. Tickets are $12-$17 online or at the door before the puck drops.

Nightmare presents ‘Last Champions’

In case you missed the wild video premiere at Snowboard on the Block, Summit’s own Nightmare Snowboards team is hosting a local premiere at Luigi’s in Breckenridge tonight. The film begins at 8 p.m., followed by one of the first Halloween costume parties of the season. There will be pizza, a free keg (yep), tunes from DJ RudeBoi and killer footage from the crew, most of which was shot on rails, drops and stairs in our backyard. Did I mention the whole thing is free?

Oh, and be sure to make plenty of noise during Jade Phelan’s part. He’s a guy, not a girl like I accidentally wrote in my Oct. 8 video preview. Either way, he slays it. Enjoy.

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