Well, it's still painful to miss the pow in CO, but we had two absolutely fantastic days. There was perhaps 2-4 cm of fresh snow on Day 1 and as musch as twice that on day 2. Not enough to be much more than dust on crust, but yesterday if you were soft enough in your feet you could work the fresh for a bit of control. We took a couple of groomer runs to work on some technique issues (mine are predominantly fore-aft pressure management as in too much forward pressure). Steve gave us a new tactic of dragging the uphill pole to use as a guage of position over the ski, slope, and snow condition. It allowed me to round out my turns in the steeps and stay over the ski rather than getting inside and high-sided.
Steve took us to incredible lines in Saphire, Diamond, and Ruby, bowls plus a bunch of stuff at Whistler that I'm not sure the name or location of. Given the low snowpack, many of the easy and better known entrances were Inadvisable -- too much exposure with not enough snow. Having a guide/coach meant we found the secret entrances and lines and also found snow that was safer to ski. A fall on some of the slopes with sun exposure would've been very hard to arrest. Some if the traverses that'd been sun exposed were so slick that my skis had trouble holding an edge. But Steve put is in terrain that was steep (45+ Degrees) and with just enough forgiveness for it to be fun and educational.
I skied Whistler15 years ago when I didn't have many, if any, skills. I'm totally impressed with the terrain here now. I'll be back, and a shout out to @Metaphor for the suggestion of Exteemely Canadian. Steve was easily in the top 5 instructors I've skied with, and I've had the luxury of skiing with a lot of really top notch coaches.
So, am I unhappy to miss the pow in Co? Only a little bit. This has been an incredible couple of days. Today I'm transmitting to Terrace for 5 days of heli action. I hope it lives up to the last couple of days at Whistler/Blackcomb.
... edited the title at mike's request