With bluebird skies and temps in the 30’sF at the base of the mountain, it was a great day to be outside and skiing. The conditions were firm and the bumps big. I knew there was still some good snow to be had, I just had to look for it. On my first lap of the mountain, I’m surveying Silver Queen from the top and look hard at the road that traverses to the left. I’ve seen it a hundred times but have only taken it a handful of times. So take it I did. Off the road were little hits through the trees and a way over to the top of Silver Rush. This north facing slope keeps the snow in great condition days after a storm so naturally I had to make sure it was skiing well.
Here is a shot of Silver Queen taken from a quarter of the way down. From here I kept moving left to find the best snow. There were a few rocks here and there but easily missed. As you can see from the photo, there is almost zero consistency in the bumps. Line selection is free form at best.
Blondies is a tricky triple fall line run. The middle is a mish mash of line choices depending if you took the left side or the right. The two lines converge in the middle making skiing ‘interesting’. If you can flash this, you’re skiing well indeed.
By late morning I made my way to Bell Mountain. You can see how firm and set up the snow is here on the ridge. Despite that, it is still plenty grippy and holds your edge well. This vantage point gives you a good view of town in the background.
It snowed all day yesterday and today. Stay tuned for an update as soon as I can get out there.