The luck of the Irish must have been smiling down on me today because I got the opportunity to ski some incredibly pristine snow with bluebird skies overhead. Better yet, I was fortunate enough to experience this morning with my family. What a wonderful way to begin my St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

As we ventured over to the Sunshine area of the resort, runs like High Noon to Rolex were silky smooth and perfectly groomed. With the overnight chill in the air still lingering, these runs were fast and exhilarating. Ripping my skis over sweetly laid corduroy lines sent a rippling vibration from my shins to my knees that felt almost like a massage. The conditions on Rolex were a bit more firm but still a joy to tackle.

As we played around runs like Flintlock and Kit, the sun began to warm things up. I feel like it’s going to be one of those quintessential spring-like days on the mountain that ends with slush bumps and soft snow. But the overall coverage you’ll find all around is insanely good right now. The accumulated snow we’ve received this season seems to want to stick around and I’m perfectly content to let it linger. Generally speaking, all of the runs I explored today showed zero signs of dirt patches or melted snow that typically begin to show through at this point in March.

As I made my way down the hill I started seeing all sorts of leprechaun pranksters and those decked to the nines in all green. Whether these were true Irishmen or just Irish for the day, it really didn’t matter. The joyful smiles and happiness you’ll experience on the mountain today is hard to ignore. So happy celebration to one and all. We can all use a little green in our lives, whatever shade that brings us joy!

Dave Wittlinger, Alpine skier

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