Originally Posted by Cirquerider
I'll be around. With all the new snow, KW should be in prime condition again.
Oh it is....
I took a sick day today and headed up there. Nearly choose Monday for this, but when I saw the winds that were forecasted for Monday, and given KW's inclination to not run chairs on high wind storm days, I figured today would be a better option with less forecasted winds, and maybe more importantly, lower snow levels.
My gamble paid off
Today was really, really good. Driving up I hit snowline at about 1,500 ft and I kept looking for evidence of winds (treetops, blowing snow on ridges etc.) but saw none. So I was really getting excited on the drive up.
At about 8:50 AM I pull in just below Chair 6 under completely bluebird skies and absolutely zero wind and cold temps (14 degrees when I pulled in). Perfect.
The snow was super light and dry and it just skied absolutely fantastic. There was no one there and those who were literally got to pick and choose which of their favorite lines they wanted freshies in next.
I think I actually had one of my all time best runs at KW today. On my second run of the day I'm riding up Chair 10 and think "Hmm...I haven't straightlined Once is Enough in about 3 years, I bet it's about perfect right now". So I head on over there and I see I'm the first one over there. It's still fresh and untracked. I glance over my shoulder as I click into my skis and notice a group of 3 hiking up behind me so with about 2 seconds to think about it, I just dropped in. Straightlined through the choke and arced one looooong turn to skiers left wrapping underneath Heart Chute. I was the first tracks over here as well, so without hesitating or slowing down I just pointed my tips directly down the falline of the gully in front of me...and arced non-stop wall-to-wall-mach-10-snow-billowing-up-to-knees-slashes all the way down to the drain and on through to the Chair 10 lift corral. Definitely the best non-stop top-to-bottom run I've had at Kirkwood in my 6 seasons skiing there.
The rest of the day was just a blur of nothing but non-stop top-to-bottom pow runs. I haven't skied solo in awhile but DAMN you can rack up the very on a pow day when you are by yourself
And the best thing about all of this.....the storm tomorrow is going to cover all of today's tracks too. Shite...I might try to sneak back up there Friday too
Tahoe is definitely on fire right now.