Yes, we could ski in the saddle but it was so good everywhere that we spent most of the time on the fromt side of the mountain so we could rest on the chairlift. We could ski top to bottom off the trails which is unusual for this time of year. Off piste was about 15 - 20 cms of light dry powder on top of the base. It was mostly tracked out by the time we got there at the weekend, but the crud was still easy to ski - my Bandit X's handle the crud really well. We spent all our time off the groomed trails and pretty much had the runs all to ourselves. We expected a big crowd as the school holidays had just started but it was quite quiet. There was no queues except for a couple of minutes on the Saddle T Bar.
I've decided that skiing is the best way to get fit for skiing, no amount of preparation would have made my body less sore today. I had to give up about 2:30pm on day two, as tired legs don't handle the crud too well. The busier groomed slopes did not appeal so I suggested we finish early. I skiied with my hubby, and our twin 18 year nephews (who compete in downhill mountain bike series so are fit) - I think their male ego's were preventing them suggesting they had had enough, so look very relieved when this forty something chick said she'd had enough.
We will definitiely be going back next weekend. I just wish it was not a 3 hour drive away. Have got two weeks leave at the start of August, so hopefully a few weekends will get me ski fit for that.
If I had a digital camera I'd take some photos and post them (just to rub it in a bit more) - I might try borrow my sisters next weekend if she is not using it.