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TR (pics): Powder in the trees at Winter Park (3/13)

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A friend and I had planned to hit Copper today, but the 8" snow report steered us to Winter Park. Pulled into the Utah Junction parking lot around 8:30, and there were only a dozen or so cars there. Straight ahead, Sleeper looked gorgeously creamy. "Hmm, this is going to be a good day," I thought.

Rode the fifth chair up on Super Gauge, everything below looking very soft.


Took a warm up run on Sleeper -- great stuff. We could not feel any ice underneath, as we arced wide turns on the empty trail.


We ducked into the trees (skier's left) off Sleeper. Conditions weren't as good -- even with the fresh snow, we kept hitting the boiler-plate underneath.

After that we headed over to the Winter Park side and skied trees all day. I am just getting into tree-skiing, and WP truly has it in spades. We skied all the trees off High Lonesome, Olympia, Eskimo, Looking Glass, and Pioneer. We got untracked (or nearly so) powder all day long.

Stagecoach off Pioneer was quite crusty underneath, and starting to show the glare of ice in many spots. The trees on skier's left off Looking Glass were superb -- decently deep powder, most of it untracked:


At one point, we came out of the trees under/around Eskimo onto Retta's Run -- the bumps were deliciously soft and fluffy.

All in all, it was a superb day! I never knew trees could be so much fun. We spent as much time as possible in the trees, foregoing cut trails in favor of them. We got fresh powder, and encountered no one.

Lastly, here's the obligatory face-in-powder-filled-tree shot:
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Nice report, faisasy! What a great day!
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Thanks for sharing the love

I miss the pow pow.
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