Greetings to everyone. This is my first time to start a thread on EpicSki. I thank all of you who contribute to this wonderful resource.
My brother and I plan to ski Wolf Creek the weekend before Thanksgiving. The timing is good for us, and will be the first of three ski trips we plan to enjoy this season (which is why we hope to get an early trip in). We understand that conditions are unpredictable that early, even for WC. (BTW, special thanks to ‘anachronism’ for the wonderful unofficial guide to WC!)
My brother was a good intermediate skier, but hasn’t skied since knee surgery two years ago. He wants to start easily, first on green runs, then more difficult runs as his knee permits. I am a low intermediate skier. I learned at WC in March of last year (wonderful instructor!), at age 58. I skied 1.5 days there, mostly on green runs. Last winter I since skied Taos (2 days), Beech Mt in NC (1.5 days) and Purgatory (3 days). Taos was a challenge, but greatly helped me improve; I skied everything at Beech and every blue and a couple of blacks at Purgatory. I skied fresh powder at Taos (8” with more falling steadily the second day) and a bit at Beech. Goals this year: master steeper terrain; improve powder and off-piste skills; begin learning to ski modest bumps and moguls.
If Wolf Creek is open:
· * Though I understand that WC has few groomed blue runs, many blues are on the map; are these ungroomed?
· * Will the blues from Treasure lift and the few from Alberta/Elma (assuming most of these are ungroomed) make for good practice for improving skills on ungroomed terrain?
· * What are most difficult blue runs, and easiest black runs? I.e., what is a good plan for transitioning from blues to steeper runs?
Apologies for such a long post, and gratitude in advance for your help.