Just got home from my own western swing, and because I did not remove that fancy camera rig from my bag all week, decided to throw in my two cents onto your thread. No sense in posting my own TR without any photographs.
Great to hang with you, Noodler, MDskier, and Mr. Vertical at BC on Sunday. I agree with the consensus, a real challenge to find soft snow, and my bases took a bit of a beating. Got pecked a few times by wayward chicken heads. Companionship of the bear crowd was a definite highlight of the day. Was whipped by 2:30, but lucked into VailSnopro for beer and wings. Then it started to snow.
Skied Vail solo on Monday. About 4 inches of fresh and cool temps led to nice soft turns being found in many places. Despite long warm spell there were still some deep stashes left in the trees at Blue Sky Basin. Only really nasty spots that I found were on Challenge and Blue Ox. Then the sky opened up and led to...
A foot of fresh pow on Tuesday. Caught the third gondi car. Spectacular conditions all over the mountain. Hooting and hollering, and perhaps a few yodels resonated all over the vast mountain playground. Hooked up with offbtnpath and a pair of his buddies for their last day of the season. They were not disappointed, and I was in nearly hysterical, euphoric mode. Fireball's flight arrived early enough for him to make it onto the hill for the last couple of hours, so our surly mob cavorted joyfully until the lifts closed. More snow fell through the night.
Wednesday morning dawned with more fresh on the hill; an ideal day to show Fireball around Vail, as this markd his inaugural visit. After hooking up with Vailsnopro for a fast couple of laps before he has to head off to give a lesson, I drag Fireball all over the place as I try and give him as broad an overview of the immense area as possible in one day. Cold temps, overcast sky, and more snow ensure spectacular conditions.
Thursday is pretty much a repeat of Wednesday. Fresh snow, cold temps and great times on the hill. High winds force the back bowls to close early, so we play a bit on the sweet, soft bumps off of the Highline chair, then I foolishly follow Fireball over a cliff. Great fun, especially in retrospect. Whisky, Tequila and dinner with some friends from home leave me a bit shaky on Friday morning.
Friday is our blue-sky day for the week. Fireball gets his first spectacular scenic views of the Gore Range and other wonders. The two of us ponder the possibility of taking a lesson. Vailsnopro’s advice to us prior to the ski school ski-off is to ski FAST and make some turns. Major good fortune leads to us comprising the entirety of Vailsnopro’s upper level class for the day. Our unruly triumvirate enjoys yet another awesome day, and I’m assisted mightily by VSP’s keen insight. His pointed suggestions lead to me making some of the most exhilarating runs of my skiing life. Unfortunately, this was almost definitely the last ski day that I’ll have this season, so I’ll just have to remember VSP’s advice and that wonderful feeling until next winter. Time to sharpen the edges on my water skis I guess.