Sorry about the lack of pix today--I had a small video camera in my pocket, but it just wasn't a video or photo kind of day. Maybe tomorrow....
The skiing was good, mostly, and at times, "interesting." The 5" new report was accurate, I'd say, and it was pretty dry and cold. But what lay just beneath the surface was yesterday's snow, which had apparently gotten warm at some point, before freezing solid. It snowed all day--maybe 2-3 more inches, and it's still coming down. And it was foggy and humid, making visibility sometimes very challenging above tree-line.
We (CGeib, Mike-M, SegBrown, and myself) skied a couple runs off Lenawee to the bottom, then a nearly blind run through the frozen crud down West Wall from the Pallavicini lift. The snow--and the visibility--in Montezuma Bowl were much better than I expected, so we enjoyed some good runs there before stopping for an early lunch at Black Mountain Lodge.
After a warmup run to the bottom, and another run from the top of Lenawee, we headed back to Pallavicini. I was concerned that the coverage would be thin, with the new snow just covering a lot of rocks. But I shouldn't have been concerned--the snow was great! Left side of Palli, First Alley, Right side gulley on Palli, bumps of Third and Fourth Alley, and the trees in between--all were well covered, with only occasional "features" that were easy to avoid. Even so, the snow had an unusual texture, like soft styrofoam, with little "life." Chris described it as "like skiing in quicksand." It was an interesting condition--not difficult, but just a little strange. I'll admit that, for me, it lacked some of the "sensation" of more lively conditions.
But it's all good. And getting better! It's still snowing, forecast to continue through the night, and into tomorrow.
Should be another good day tomorrow (Saturday)--and another Epic group!