Saturday, 11 December 2010

Ski Day 2: MUCH Better

Vert: 8,815 m YTD Cum Vert: 13,635 m
Runs: 15 YTD Cum Runs: 28

What a difference 15 cm and the opening of Goat's Eye has had on the hill. We were able to find some nice powder stashes, and build up that vert very nicely, thank you very much. The forecast was for sunny AM and cloudy PM with flurries; in fact, we had snow on and off all day, and the sun really only poked though for a total of 20 min in the morning. There was about 5 cm fresh on the groomed stuff, so everything was very nice to turn on. There are still exposed hazards, just fewer than last week. However, the traverse on Goat's Eye has a HUGE hole in it and the Caution sign is real, so be careful. Silver Scapegoat has a lot of tree top bits showing through, as does Wildfire and Rolling Thunder, but if you're careful, everything is just fine to ski with the steep pitch of Thunder being the most challenging. The only thing I don't recommend on the Goat is the Eagle Creek road, which while groomed is seriously full of annoying rollers, so you can't get the speed up to make that last traverse.

Late afternoon, it started to sock in (I think it will snow nicely tonight), and so we bailed a little early due to lousy viz. But on our second last run, we ran across some beautiful untracked boot top powder that was just a real treat to ski - or it would have been, were it not for my burning thighs.

Some views of the day: First, the not yet opened glades under the Goat's Eye chair up bear the start of Gold Afterburner.

The top of Sunshine Coast:

I don't think the Dive will open any time soon.

So conditions are far superior to last week, and I recommend them highly.

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