Sunday, April 24, 2011

"skiing groomers in flat light is boring"

That's H, having had quite enough after just a couple of hours Saturday morning.  With only two weekends left - plus the bonus fact that it wasn't raining (we seem to have brought our bad weather curse with us as something like 17 of the last 22 days have been cloudy/precipitating, which seems to be a record for Utah) - we felt compelled to take at least a few runs. 

The snow was actually in fantastic shape on the groomers: great coverage (15-foot base; 56 feet season-to-date) and soft but not slushy.  It was pretty bad off the groomed trails, however, with that same stiff but breakable crust we found last week.  If the sun had come out and warmed things up, I think the off-piste stuff would have been good.  But the sun did not come out.  And with the sky the exact same color as the ground, it was incredibly difficult to see.  We've had a lot of days skiing in flat light but your eyes just don't get used to it as the season goes on like your legs do to skiing the deep stuff.

So we made a few runs, then went home and did yardwork (I hate yardwork).  On the north side of the house, some of the yard was bounded by railroad ties that were killing the neighbors' grass.  We'd told them we'd be willing to take the ties out and since the City is doing large item pick-up this week, this weekend was the perfect time to do it.  Now all we have to do is figure out what to do with that bit of yard ... but that's for another post.

Alta is open for one more weekend and I need two more days to hit 40, an all-time record for me.  Here's hoping for some sunny skies and spring skiing next weekend!

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