Sunday, February 27, 2011

What A Day

Check out this great photo by Tim Gormley.

Just a a beautiful day with lots going on. Sunny all morning with clouds moving in late. It is snowing heavily now, Sunday night.

The East Wall opened mid-morning following the 20" storm. I was one of the first hikers up North Pole. Great powder skiing all the way down. Slid out the traverse and found more untracked skiing under Birthday Chute.

We had over 100 7-13 year olds skiing a Devo Freestyle Dual Moguls event on Lower International. Very cool. Lots of great skiing and jumping. Those kids define how fun skiing can be. The highlight of the event for me was the forerunners competing head to head. The skiers were Rex Wehrman and Justin Henceroth. Despite using big fat powder skis, those two can still turn it on and love to compete.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

9" More, 17" in 2 Days

Still snowing heavily at 7 AM. Looks like another great day. CDOT is doing avalanche work on the Pass. I hope that road opens soon. Our crew is out shoveling and plowing away. The lifts are turning and the ski patrol is on the hill. I think today is going to be OK.

Friday, February 25, 2011

More Than A Foot By Opening

Billowing, over-the-head faceshots.

8" New

That came out of nowhere. This morning's avalanche forecaster tells me light and fluffy. He says it is still dumping at 6:15 this morning.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tough Day At The Office

Hard to go wrong on a day like this. Not a cloud in the sky and still late winter temperatures. People seem to be having fun. Looks like all kinds of Summit County kids are out there enjoying winter break.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tribute to Leif

Rex Lint made a very beautiful and very powerful tribute to Leif that is now posted on the Powder Magazine website. Grab a box of Kleenex, get comfortable, and be prepared to be moved.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Broken Record

I feel like I am saying the same thing over and over again. Yesterday, Kay and I skied for about 3 hours. Incredible. The wind was blowing hard enough to slow Pali lift every once in a while. The direction was good and the whole North Side kept filling in. The sun was out most of the time. Obviously, the main-stays, The Spine and The Face, were perfect. Lots of other great skiing - Waterfall, Mousetrap, East Avenue, Rock Garden, Standard, Challenger, Scudder, North Chute, Lower International. Good to be out there - especially if you like soft, smooth, and fast skiing.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Here It Comes

Very nice Saturday. After a blue sky morning, the clouds moved in. Snow started falling just after the lifts closed. Looks like a good storm through Monday morning.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Coming Down This Morning

Just as forecast, it is dumping this morning.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Just One Of Those Days On Pali

Tuesday was just one of those days where everything is perfect. It was warm and sunny. The snow was smooth. 2nd Bowl, 3rd Bowl, The Spine, and The Face were buffed out. A lot of friends and family were out there tearing it up. Spirits were high. Many laughs at The Center of The Universe.

We are winding down several days of spectacular, bluebird weather. Looks like the snow is starting tonight and continuing through the weekend. Feels like an incredible season just keeps getting better.