Would have posted this earlier, but was too busy skiing.
Had a great time on Tuesday (the day they opened the top). Even though they got 3-4 feet, conditions on top weren't as good as they would have been after a typical single large storm, both b/c the snow was unusually heavy, and b/c the accumulation came over a 4-day period before the top opened, during which the snow was subjected to a lot of wind. Having said that...
I started by going up 23 and hitting Paranoid 2, because that seemed the least tracked (I didn't get to the bottom of 2 until 9 am, because I skied over from Eagle instead of driving to Mill). Snow was a bit heavy, so I tried Climax. Even though it was extensively wind-slabbed, for some reason I had a lot of fun skiing it. Then I went back to 23 and tried Dropout/Wipeout. It was now ~10:30, but these were great! Lots of new wind-blown kept them soft (also great just below them). And w/ the dropping visibility (plus that the initial rush had passed), I had them nearly to myself. Then I went in for lunch, and headed to the back at about noon. Since the wind was blowing towards the back, I thought a lot of the stuff scoured off the front might be deposited there. Sure enough, the trail right under the top of 14 was great. And this one I really did have to myself -- with one exception, I saw no one else on it. The "hourglass" crux had some rocks, but there was enough coverage that they were passable. Here's a couple of pics -- the scenery was otherworldly:
Also, a winter-wonderland pic from the balcony of my condo:
I also learned a new expression that day: "Got pitted." As in: "Ha, the skier got pitted too!" When trying to find my way back to Eagle after descending Dave's in the pea soup at the end of the day, I got trapped at the bottom of a shallow bowl with no exit with some snowboarders, and had to climb out. They were very friendly (and laughing continuously at their predicament) and helped me climb the rock wall shortcut to exit (difficult w/ skis and ski boots).
Didn't ski today, but was out on Friday, cruising the groomers -- conditions there (as a result of the storm) were superb -- pure hero snow!
Edited by chemist - 2/6/16 at 5:33pm