Great morning from another beautiful day in the ‘boat! Spring skiing conditions are in full effect. For those feeling a little foggy from all your car bombs and whiskey last night–you’re in luck, as there is no reason to rush up to the hill. Relax, let the headache settle, and allow the snow to soften up to a creamy consistency.

Crisp corduroy on Upper Rainbow

My first runs off Four Points were surprisingly softer than I expected. Yes, the crust was still firm, but it wasn’t as hard as I was prepared for. That just means that the overnight temperatures didn’t drop to freezing cold to allow the snow to set up like cement.

Priest Creek sunshine

I made my way over to Sunshine Lift Line, and then Lower High Noon, for a bit more power sliding than I was ready for. When crust and corn are in the mix, carving your turn and holding an edge become an often impossible task. Another reason to let the snow soften up.

Buddy’s Run corn

Buddy’s Run perhaps was the most corn snow I saw anywhere on the mountain this morning. Still very enjoyable skiing, but your turns were something you had to earn. Don’t be fooled by spring conditions, as they make you ski aggressively and not let your guard down!

Vagabond perfection

As I made my way to lower mountain, I’d have to agree with Jennie’s favorite run yesterday–Vagabond. The snow was perfect, with ample early sunshine, and just the right mix of hard snow, corn, and soon-to-be-slush.

This weekend the USSA Rocky/Central U14 Alpine Championships are in town. Make sure to stop by All Out to watch the racing action today, and if you’re in town, Howelsen Hill plays host Sunday and Monday.

Bud Light Rocks the Boat Concert Series features one of my favorite Denver-based jam bands, the Motet, playing at the base area today at 3:30. Get yo’ dancin’ shoes on and come jam with me!

Brett Buckles, Alpine skier

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