Well, I had a day off work coming to me...so I took it today after a few inches were reported all around the area. I haven't been to Vail yet this season, so I headed that way early this morning. I got there early enough to get very early rides on the lift...note the lack of any tracks, even under the lift.
I figured someone needed to track things out...maybe this guy?
The snow had all blown to the East sides of things...so Lover's Leap (for instance) was pretty deep and soft:
Interestingly, I found the people at Vail to be the most friendly I've yet encountered. One guy even showed me around for a while and swore me to secrecy concerning his stashes. I ended up getting separated from him (which was a bummer) but I did find this instead. I skied it the rest of the day and had fresh lines to myself for hours.
The trees took their toll though. I have a few holes in my coat and one tree even tried to steal my pass. In the pic below you can see the crack through the pass as well as the keyring (now a key oval) that was holding it onto my coat. That'll teach me to wear my pass on the outside when I'm not at ABasin (i.e. when I'm somewhere that has RF scanners).
Anyway, it was a pretty good day...definitely worth the extra driving. Now, can I get a multi-foot dump of snow please?