I have accumulated a LOT of ski stuff over the years. I have one bag dedicated to ski racing equipment, another to mid winter and one to extras and spring conditions. We’re currently in the middle of an unusually warm spell and I had to find my third bag to get the spring gloves and lighter layers including spring jackets. I can’t remember ever having to get my spring equipment out so early but it sure is nice feeling the warmth of the sun’s rays in the mid afternoon while on a chair lift looking at our beautiful mountain scenery. And here’s the kicker…the snow conditions right now are still in great shape despite the temps. Today we saw a midday temp near 45F in town and about 10 degrees cooler at the top. With the sun approaching the spring equinox, it makes it feel warmer than it is.
I started my day around 10am and tried to find the softest snow in the north facing slopes and in the shade of the eastern facing runs. Here I’m skiing down Gretl’s behind Bonnies Restaurant and while the bumps look ominous, the quality of snow makes them still manageable in the early morning.
Here is a little power line chute that you can find as you take the goat road to Sunrise and Sunset. Look left just before you get to those runs and you’ll see this peeking through the trees. Once again, I’m trying to find soft snow in the shade before heading to to sun-soaked eastern facing runs.
By 11am, it’s ON! The sun has warmed up the eastern facing runs to the consistency of a half eaten Slurpy. The photo here is of lower International and Upper Short Snort in the Dumps. These runs are lower on the mountain and tend to soften first. If you’ve never skied in spring conditions, you have to give it a try as it’s almost as good as fresh powder….ALMOST.
Dumps and more Dumps. This was my go to area today as the runs are long and the soft bumps are nice and consistent. Runs like Zaug Dump, Perry’s Prowl and Last Dollar kept calling my name as the laps piled up. While on the Dumps, you can see the Face of Bell in the background.
The entire weekend was sunny and warm and unfortunately there isn’t a flake in the long term forecast. Good thing we had so much snow at Christmas time. The coverage is still great and I’ll continue to work on my goggle tan.
Stay tuned, I’m out.