I am definately spending too much time on this chatroom because I think about you guys when I'm sking-so here's the report from the last two days-
We've been getting by on hard snow and good grooming since almost Thanksgiving- but it's dumping now- Wednesday was the first pow day. I skied Park City in the morning and the snow was heavy- not at first, it cooked up by noon, and I bagged it, wasted, to go to work. But there were plenty of fresh tracks to be had everywhere- about 6-8" on the groomers but more on the steeper stuff- it was pretty incredable to ride up the lift with the guests, do a traverse and a short hike, and stand at the top of a run 100 ft wide and 1/2 mile long with zero tracks on it. It snowed heavily all day. All of the upper mountain bowls remained closed for Avalanche danger so they're just collecting snow. I dont know wwhat went on today because I went around to Alta.
The Cottonwoods are higher and the higher you go the lighter the snow. It was crowded- a long, slow train of cars going up the canyon, with many for the Bird too. As we went up that magical transformation from the urban mid winter whatever into the clouds happened. First it starts to snow, then the wind picks up and by the time you get to the resorts it's a different, high alpine world.
The line at the new Collins lift was scary. Some of the regulars (I'm a PC guy now) told me that come next week the lines will be gone again so don't worry. But it didn't matter. The report was 17" new, it was snowing moderately heavy, and the wind was drifting and filling tracks.
What can I say- it was epic- as good as it gets. The powder was essentially bottomless- not super champaign light but hero snow that you could really bank great turns in. The wind compacted pow was just as good for most of the day. It was windy and a little nasty and low visibility, but that's great. Very little was actually open-the backside closed except for Greely Bowl, all of Main Street and Ballroom & the Shoulder, Devil's Castle, of course. I didn't go to Supreme but skied mostly untracked pow off Rustler Ridge- I hardly even saw other skiers except on the traverses and near the lifts.
I think a lot of people were in the lodges- I talked to a fellow Bear who was with his family- two kids, and I know where that's at, and they were stuck on the blue groomers mostly which are actually the hardest terrain to ski on those days. Nothing but piles of junk with not much gravity to pull you through, howling wind and blowing snow- not a lot of fun for most little kids. And the Sugerloaf chair gets really wind blasted at the top. No wonder that many people stayed inside. But for those of us outside it was a memorable day. A season top ten at least.There's more coming, they say. Colorado's next.