I woke on Friday morning from my slumber and put my nose on the window to see how much new snow accumulated over night at the secret lair. A few inches on the driveway didn’t even warrant having me summon my henchmen to shovel and when I checked the snow report, it said 2 inches. OK, not too bad but I left the fatty powder skis at home as I didn’t need them to ski 2 inches. Now fast forward 2 hours as I rock up to the gondola. I overhear some folks talking in line that just had first tracks at 8am and they said they were skiing boot deep powder. Being skeptical, I kept my hopes up but I was not counting on it being boot deep. Once past Bell Mountain on the gondie, it was looking as if there was indeed about 6 to 8 inches up top. Now, THAT’S a ski report that I’m glad wasn’t accurate.
My first run of the day was down Pussy Foot. It was a cold 9 degrees F on top and the snow was that Colorado cold smoke that’s so dry it blows away like it was made from dandelion seeds. This first run was just past 9am and you can see you have to get here early if you want the untouched stuff.
Second run was down Blondies. As you can see, still opportunities for fresh powder along the tree lines. It’s hard to see in the photo but it was snowing AND the sun was trying to come out and play. It was a weird sensation but it sure was nice to be able to see in a snowstorm.
Later in the day it was still snowing and the sun had disappeared, but as you can see, the snow was still fairly deep. A few tracks from previous skiers had corrupted the snow but this line down Glade 1 on Gent’s Ridge was still passable for decent skiing.
I was looking for a shortcut through the trees into International for this little chute off the beaten path I know of. Instead, I accidentally came across the most famous shrine of them all. The Jerry Garcia shrine. If you’re not familiar with our shrines, there are dozens of them spread across the mountain and there is even a book written about them. We have shrines to people and places like John Denver, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. The list is fairly comprehensive, get the book to seek them out.
This little tree stash is to the skiers right of Aztec. You really have to pay attention to find the gap in the rope line to find it. Once in, the trees are widely spaced and the snow is starting to add up making for some great tree skiing. This area spits you out just above the Ruthies chair and if you find this area to your liking, you can do it again.
One last shot of the sun trying to come out while it’s snowing. A strange phenomenon but something that happens here more than it should. I’m standing high above the Dipsy Headwall looking at Chair 3. You can see there is still untracked snow in front of me ready to be skied. Yes, even YOU can get here early for those first tracks.
As I’m writing this, it’s pounding outside and here’s the bummer…I can’t ski it tomorrow. With work on my schedule, I’ll hopefully get some of the remnants later this week. The weather service is calling for 1 to 2 FEET of snow in the next two days. Stay tuned for amounts and hopefully you have a spring skiing trip planned to come take advantage of our new found snow.
Do your snow dance, I’m out.