Saturday, 11 April 2009

Skiin' Where The Sun Don't Shine

Vert: 9,715 m YTD Cum Vert: 242,005 m
Runs: 15 YTD Cum Runs: 478

To have great spring skiing, you need one of two things: all day sun or all day temps above zero. Without one of these two things, the snow never softens, and the snow remains rock-like. That was the problem today. It dawned with blue sky...

but clouded over by 10 AM before the sun could really do its magic.

And it started chilly, -6° at Goat's Eye base at 9 AM, and though it got to about +5° by 1 PM, that wasn't enough warming to affect much. Accordingly, the only softening that took place (if you can call it that) was to the level of the last pitches of Freefall, Gladerunner, Scapegoat and Rolling Thunder. Everything above there remained hard, and it was only skier traffic that ground the surface down to some sugar like material. Things that were not groomed were brutal, unlike yesterday.

On the bright side, coverage remains great, with no consequential exposed rocks that are not obvious.

Since we arrived early (and shook our legs to bits for hours on the tough as nails exposed death cookies), we left early, almost getting out 10,000 m without leaving Goat's Eye, but based on the weather, suspect not much changed after 2 PM, so don't think we missed much.

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