It was another bright sunny day with spectacular alpine scenery everywhere you looked. Even after living and playing in the mountains for years, I still lap this stuff up. Sun exposure was also the dominant factor in skiing conditions and as is typical in the spring, it was a mixed bag.
I took a trip down the main mogul chute on Cedar Ridge and found surprisingly nice soft moguls at the top. These weren't soft due to sun, but because of the nice left over powder lying about. Near the bottom of the run, the snow quality diminished somewhat and the moguls became a bit less cooperative, but still remained pretty decent.
Some of the high traffic runs like Puff and lower North Ridge were fairly icy. On North Ridge though, the sun had softened the bank on the skiers left into a nice corn like consistency. As long as you stayed up on the bank it was very nice. Since it was quite warm down at the base I was surprised that nowhere in my travels did I run into any slush or other over cooked snow.
I should also point out that everyone I talked about seemed ecstatic about
the conditions. Sun seems to do that to folks. Certainly conditions were pretty
good, but as one who worships snow rather than sun, I would have traded the
rays for a whited out powder blizzard in a heartbeat. <g>
At 5:50 P.M. it is -1 C at the house under a cloudless sky.
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