Mostly sunny, 45ish degrees - Yay! I can finally write a snow report because I finally got out on the hill and skied. This is the latest first day I’ve had in a while, but at least I picked a good one. I always try to keep my expectations low, as a rule of thumb, because I find that it dramatically increases my chances of satisfaction. Today, however, I under-expected and was very pleasantly surprised. Lots of terrain, a healthy selection of lifts, light crowds, and good snow. I must admit that I have been paying zero attention to the conditions, since I have not had a chance to ski anyway, and thus had no idea that the Snowdon chairs would be running, or Ramshead for that matter. I managed to ski right onto the chair most runs with no waiting. The snow was great too, varying from a little on the slushy side down low to just slightly firm up in the North Ridge area. My pick for best trail was upper Chute. Just enough thin cover to keep me on my toes. If you are among the 17% of skiers who prefer slamming into moguls, (I made that percentage up) you would have had ample opportunities to slam into them. I know I slammed into some. Since it was my first day and all I tried to take it a little easy but I did hurl myself down Mouse Trap a couple times just to see if I still had it. I didn’t. Still, I had a really good time skiing today; now I remember why I’ve let skiing shape my entire life.
I gotta tell you, it feels good to be back. Good to be back on the hill skiing but, more than that, good to be back writing the report. Thanks to everyone who reads the report and a special thanks to those of you who don’t call Basin Sports regularly and ask to have me replaced. You know who you are. It means a lot to me. I won’t be back writing full time for a couple more weeks, but I am coming back. I’ll try to pop in when I can.
Incidentally, the photo of me down below in my bio, I do not endorse that photo. I do not know where it came from but, judging from the amount of hair on my head, it must be quite old. Also, I’m wearing a suit jacket, which is just plain weird. Clearly I had been to a wedding or had a court date or something. I’d like to get that photo changed to one more representative of my actual appearance but, sadly, I don’t know how to do that. So please, disregard that photo.
Dave Young is a former ski tuner from the Midwest. In fact, he was once assistant to the assistant manager at the biggest tuning shop in the mall. These days he mostly skis, photographs other people skiing, or hangs out in coffee shops pretending to write about skiing. Shop Our Online Store