Wednesday, December 19, 2012

word of the day: faceshot

You know how I mentioned how good the skiing was at Alta on Saturday?  Well, on Sunday it was equally as good.  With another seven or so inches (seemed like lots more) on top of what we'd gotten since Friday afternoon, the snow was deep and soft and luscious.  In fact, I am running out of superlatives to describe how good it was and how much fun we had.

Instead of heading straight to Supreme as soon as they opened the chairlifts, we decided to do a couple of runs off the Wildcat chair - and boy, were we glad we did!  The snow in the Punchbowl was largely untracked and the chutes in and around Rock Gully and Bear Paw were chock full of fresh.  There may have been giddy giggling although I'm not admitting to anything.

After a couple of runs there, we went to Supreme where H had the brilliant idea of taking the traverse along the top of Supreme Bowl to get into Catherine's Area, rather than hiking up to the higher traverse.  The only flaw in this plan was that we were the first ones across that traverse, which meant H had to break trail in knee-deep snow the whole way.  But once we got in there, it was soooooo worth it.  We swooped down along the rope line - and got so much snow in our faces that we were breathing it in (which is weird - but it melts immediately so it's okay) - then went in through a gate to ski the trees to the bottom.  It was incredible - so much wonderful snow.  It was so good that we did it again and again, at least four times in a row, until we decided that we should this time hike up into Catherine's and play around there.  Like the day before, there weren't any crowds and we were able to ski right up the lift each time, ensuring plenty of runs.

I thought that H would want to go somewhere else after lunch but no, he wanted to go right back to the trees in Catherine's and the Supreme Bowl.  So that's where we stayed, all day, until my poor little legs had had enough.  It was a magnificent weekend of skiing, an early Christmas present to have so much snow.  In fact, we're now ahead of things snow-wise (129% of normal), which is really good given the dry year we had last year.  We hope that this weekend's storm is a harbinger of things to come because dang, that was good skiing.

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