John's Report - December 13, 2006
New Side Report: Fresh Lines Everywhere - All Day Long!
The day began with the intent of checking out Cedar & Boom Bowls. At 9:30 I arrived wetter than I wanted at the top of Elk Chair. With a new resolve, I headed to Timber to gain altitude, never to return. By the White Pass loading zone, the schizoid rain/snow conditions of below solidly gave way to firm round grains of snow, coming down at a respectable, not spectacular rate. Things just got better. With the 6 cms that had fallen overnight, combined with 15 or so cms that had fallen since Sunday night, conditions were great. Added to that were approximately 5 cms that fell while I skied. While it wasn�t powder (I call it cream), it was dry, easy to carve & SOFT.
For five hours I carved fresh lines throughout Siberia, Timber & Currie bowls and sundry related runs. Heck, even the feeder runs offered tons of freshies on the edges. Sure, I skied beside & across other lines, but mostly it was me and the mountain. If there were 500 on the hill today, I�d be surprised.
The downside was the thick cloud at the top of White Pass. Shakey�s Acres were skied thrice by feel and memory. Not a problem - the surface was smooth and unsurprising. The fog cleared somewhat about 1/3rd the way down. By the afternoon visits to the bottom of Timber Chair were greeted by pelting ice but not, mercifully, rain.
Coverage is very good. It�s a great early season - touch wood.