You read that right. The Ski Patrol opened The East Wall today. The North Pole, Middle and Lower gates were open. The Upper East Wall gate needs some more snowcat work and is still closed. Kay and I took 3 hikes through the North Pole gate and skied 2nd Notch, West Vertical Cornice and North Pole proper. All were outstanding with that first run down West Vert being creamy, over the top, absolutely, unbelievably phenomenal. Yes, that good. Maybe even better.
After our 2nd hike we were standing at the top of Little Lenawee Peak talking with a couple ski patrollers. Kay asked, "Are you guys burned out from 6 straight weeks of intense snow work?" Kyle Hagadorn replied, "Absolutely not. Giving people the chance to ski terrain like this is the highlight of my season." We owe that team in red a big thanks for this gift.
The Willy's staircase isn't too far away.