H took an earlier bus, leaving the park and ride at 7:25 a.m., and it was still standing room only. It took them almost an hour and half to get up there because of traffic from the road closure and when he got off the bus at Wildcat base, the Collins corral was already full. The crowds held up all day but the snow was deep and soft, although a little bit heavy. Even though he was on his telemark skis, H has really turned a corner in his tele skis and was actively seeking out untracked snow and bumps runs.
Baldy looking snowy
And it got bumped up quickly. The snow tapered off - the clouds stuck around for most of the day, with the sun just barely peeking through a couple of times - and ski patrol was able to open most of the terrain, spreading people out across the mountain. By the time H dragged his tired legs aboard the 3 p.m. bus, everything except Devil's Castle, East Castle and the Baldy Chutes had been opened for skiing, which means that everything will be tracked out for Sunday. That's okay. I'll be out there. One day off is enough (plus I don't have any more bathrooms to clean).