January 22, 2001
A Dab of the Good Stuff
The 2 or 3 centimeters in the driveway and reported 7 up top would hardly have been noteworthy in a normal year, but then this hasn't been a normal year, and so it seemed like more and certainly enough to hint at how much better it can be than what we have been skiing. Up in the bowls there was ankle deep, somewhat dense, but still good quality powder and it felt very good indeed to again be making turns in real snow. ;-)
Alas it did not take long to get scraped into piles in the higher traffic areas and by mid day I would have been hard pressed to say that there was much improvement in those areas. Indeed in places the resulting boiler plate and soft mound combinations seemed in ways a poorer ski than the previous straight hard pack.
The off piste skiing was generally quite good and while even the open parts of Snake Ridge had seen quite a bit of traffic by noon, soft turns were still available in most places. Route selection and alder avoidance continue to be key skills though.
At 15:30 it is cloudy and -1 C at the house.