Saturday, March 20, 2010

Day 99 another tough day

Just like so many other days it dawn at -4, bluebird conditions, no new snow and the whole hill frozen rock solid until the sun got to it. Even the official snow report has stopped saying "great skiing all over the hill" and has fallen back to talking about spring conditions which must mean something.

Went to the Old side not because we thought it would be any good but just because we hadn't been there for a while. Poked around the stuff just off the groomers in Lizard bowl which was all pretty hard and the decided to try some stuff.

Cedar ridge left was surprisingly good as was Cedar ridge several other ways. Boom ridge and Boomerang were very crusty and hard work. As the morning worn on we eventually went out to Snake which was softening but by the time we got down to Gorby bowl it was still icey. The return trips involved 4 drops through Kangaroo which as always in the morning was very testing icey bumps but that's how we like it.

The afternoon was spent on the New side which after a bit of up and down in White Pass to take advantage of the softening south faces came down to trips out on the County Line. Decline, Stag Leap and finally Skydive were all hard icey bumps with lots of death cookies and hard refrozen patches from the very brief softening periods that had happened earlier on. If you don't like that kind of stuff it was hell but I do and it was great fun.

Spent the evening in the Griz bar where they were having and official retro day which seems to be the authorised version of Hotdog day which will take place two weeks on Wednesday and was a pale imitation of the real thing.

Feeling really battered and in need of an early night.

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