Extra, extra read all about it. In case you missed the teletype and the frantic Morse code that went out, we just got a powder dump that we haven’t seen since Madonna was a virgin. If you also missed every weather forecast for our area in the last three days let me sum it up. Yesterday we received 24 inches in 24 hours! Today we probably got another 8 inches or so and as of this writing, it’s still pounding out and we’re supposed to get another 6-12 inches tonight. How does that translate to today’s skiing experience….get a load of this.
I rolled up to the gondie just before 9am this morning and I was greeted to the largest line I’ve seen since opening day. It stretched down the stairs and to the street. I was surprised by the number of people in line. Actually, I wasn’t, as this was the biggest powder day we’ve had in a long time. To put this one day dump into perspective, I’ve been here 20 years and would put this in the top 5 of biggest days I can recall. And I haven’t missed to many big days. The line went fairly quickly and once up top, everyone spread out and normal service was resumed.
The skiing today was challenging and not for the reasons you would expect. The hardest part of today was getting to the steep runs. There was so much snow on the flats that you had to break through 3 feet of pow just to get to the good stuff. To put this much snow into perspective, Pump House didn’t have enough pitch! I had to ski straight down and not make a turn to get to Tortilla Flats.
Today was one of those days we rarely see as we do get pretty good dumps but not at this level. Keep in mind this is Colorado dry powder and not that nonsense they get in the Sierra or out East. Usually the moisture gets squeezed out once it hits the Wasatch range in Utah and we will get a good parade of several snow days in the 6 – 10 inch range. However, every now and then we get one of these whoppers. Tomorrow should be another truly outrageous day and I will be there with my Polaroid camera and flash bulbs to capture the action. Stay tuned.
Over and out, BBB