Saturday at Vail was an "interesting" day in terms of snow condition. The snow report said 4" overnight, but with temperatures topping out near 60 degrees under sunny skies for the last two days, the stuff underneath was rock solid. While it felt quite warm at the base, the moment we headed up, the wind picked up, visibility worsened, and it felt more like mid-winter than spring.
Anyhow, we made the most of it. Some nice untracked stuff off Chairs 3 and 4. Bumps were rock hard. After lunch we headed down to Chair 17, through some of the roughest terrain -- soft, wind-blown snow mixed with refrozen rock-hard ice. After that we relaxed by heading out to Blue Sky Basin, where we found some of the best conditions of the day -- lots and lots of soft powder. Great stuff.
Ended the day with drinks at the Red Lion and dinner at Pepi's, where Vail Sno Pro joined us later on.
Now, on to the pictures and a video...Mrs. madmike arrives with the Houston Handbag:
Big Rock Park in Blue Sky Basin was looking tasty!
madmike in Blue Sky Basin:
Uncle Louie: "I thought this was supposed to be spring!"
Mrs. madmike cruising along:
A very sunburned Viking Kaj, Vail Sno Pro, and Uncle Louie contemplate dessert at Pepi's:
madmike and the mrs. at dinner:
The dinner gang - from L to R - faisasy, Mrs. faisasy, Mrs. madmike, madmike, Viking Kaj, Vail Sno Pro, Uncle Louie, SugarCube, and the headless Iccarus:
Finally captured the reluctant Iccarus on film:
A short video of the gang somewhere off Chair 3 in the morning. While it looks pretty nice, it was more like dust on crust, with a very hard, slightly uneven layer hiding under the powder.