Thursday, December 31, 2009

Day 29 and when I say awesome I mean awesome

Well last nights snow sort of fizzled out during the night but as soon as we woke up it started again and just like yesterday it snowed all day. By 10 o'clock the patrol were reporting 5cms of fresh since opening and it kept on coming. Temps started at -12 and got up to about -7 so it was perfect hero snow which just got better as the day went on.

We started on the Old side and just like yesterday did loops off Cedar ridge in the new snow, which as I said got better all the time. King Fir was particularly nice and very deep around the fir itself. Having grabbed fresh tracks for a couple of hours and got a couple of runs through Kangaroo, in my view very nice but I realise I am a minority, we headed for the new side.

On the New side we hiked up to try Mitchy chutes which were deep and pretty well untracked. After that the day just became a series of loops out along the County Line to ski Cougar Glades, Stag Leap, Skydive, Decline and all other runs off the front side. The tops were deep fluffy terrain parks with over the head face shots and the lower sections had repaired to something pretty ok although you needed to be able to take alders like sprung gates.

Half way through the afternoon the higher traverse on the County Line was closed due to loadings up in Polar Peak but you could still get out to the Skydive traverse via the lower line so we did. Started at 9, no lunch, no break and finished at 4 with a mega rip down Skydive by which time we had over the head face shots all the way down.

Considering this is usually the busiest day of the year things weren't so bad. There were some line ups but by going into single lines we never had to wait more than a minute or two all day. If you moved away from the main stream runs as always you tended to find yourself on your own and in any event in a few days time we will have the hill back for ourselves. Seems to have stopped snowing now but it is still -7 with more snow called for so could be another good day tomorrow.

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