As luck would have it, Sunday night provided us with yet another quick moving spring storm that left us with a foot! of new snow up top. Interestingly enough, there wasn’t a trace of snow in the parking lot when I rocked up to Snowmass for yet another weekly stop. In late season, I like to check out the upper expert areas that are nice and filled in this time of year. As I did last week, the first thing I did was take the Sheer Bliss chair to the top and had a nice knee deep top to bottom run on Big Burn for a warm up. Once up top, I noticed the poma opening and as I stood in line, the ski patrol came by and opened up every expert chute in that drainage. I headed for the longest run of them all, AMF.
The sun was out and quickly making hints that it would turn all that fresh snow into mashed potatoes within the next few hours. I had to ski all of the eastern facing runs as fast as I could or risk that sun turning that cold smoke to slop. It was a cold day on Monday barely getting into the 30′s F but the sun is so strong this time of year, it has the power to quickly change the snow conditions.
This shot was taken at the same time as the one above but looking down the mountain. Notice there is no one on the chair lift. It was as empty as a North Korean free speech convention up there yesterday. I practically had the entire hill to myself.
Here I am a few hours later standing in the cliff bands of the upper wall. To get here, you have to take the High Alpine chair to the top and then have a quick 10 minute hike over the ridgeline to the Wall. This is some of the best in-bounds/out-of-bounds experience of the four ski areas. Still lots of fresh tracks in here at noon.
Snowmass is a massive place and the runs are extremely long. The legs can only take so much and by early afternoon my legs are shattered. Another week of skiing then the road bike comes out. Stay tuned.