Saturday, January 25, 2014

same snow, different day

Still no new snow.  We got up to Alta just after they started loading the lifts; the parking lots was just a quarter full and no one pulled in beside us before we headed to the lift.  We rode up Collins and skied over the ridge to the Sugarloaf side.  We took three groomer runs on Sugarloaf, and then moved on to Supreme, hoping to stay ahead of the crowds.  It was surprisingly busy, moreso than it was over the holiday weekend.  Part of this was due to the fact that almost no one was skiing off-piste, so the trails seemed busy and everyone was getting down quickly and standing in line.

We stayed at Supreme for a number of runs, riding the singles line and talking to tourists.  Alf's was not crowded at lunch because people were sitting outside on the deck, enjoying the sunshine.  After lunch, we went into Devil's Castle for a couple of runs.  The snow, which was so good last weekend, had toughened up a bit during the week, making it harder to turn.  When we moved back to the groomers, they were pretty well skied off: I hit a scratchy patch right under the Sugarloaf chair, spinning myself around and somehow managing to keep upright and scoring a "nice save!" shout-out from someone on the lift.

Back in the Castle again

We went around the EBT to do some runs off of the Collins lift.  The conditions were about the same there and by 2:45 p.m. we called it quits.  We really need snow.  It's amazing to think that we have not yet done any runs in the Wildcat trees or Yellow Trail or the Supreme Bowl or in the trees beneath the Castle Apron.  There just hasn't been enough snow.  Fingers crossed that the weather pattern changes soon - I'm getting bored with groomers.

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