When I got up this morning, I can’t say I was that excited about the weather. Heading to the mountain with temps in the teens and overcast clouds isn’t my ideal start to the day. But sometimes the mountain will surprise you on days like this with great conditions and no crowds. Even though the lot was filling up, there was barely anyone in line when the gondola opened. This means one thing on  a day like today, fresh corduroy for hours.

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Spread Eagle on Buddy’s

With no new snow, its hard to recommend going anywhere that hasn’t been groomed, so fast laps down Buddy’s and Rainbow were my first choice. Buddy’s is still in amazing condition, especially for early season. No ice to speak of and tons of little features to play around on. If you are feeling adventurous, you can cut over to Flying Z for some leftovers from Tuesday’s opening. The snow was pretty soft in there yesterday, so if you look hard enough, I’m sure you can find an un-tracked line or two.

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The weather in the mountains can be extremely variable in the winter and sometimes that leads to drastically different conditions as you go from one side of the mountain to the other. Fortunately for us, that’s not the case right now. The groomers are perfect everywhere. The runs leading into Rainbow saddle and down to Storm Peak lift were just as good as the upper section of Buddy’s. If that’s not enough for you, the lower mountain is ice free and smooth, as well. The sun is coming out, too, so this afternoon should be a great time to ride.

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Today is the perfect day to get your legs warmed up and ready for the new terrain opening tomorrow. That’s right, we get our first taste of Sunshine Peak  from High Noon all the way over to Twilight. You will have to take Duster back in, but trust me, it will be worth it. We will also see Vagabond and Ted’s Ridge open tomorrow for some new lower mountain fun.

Enjoy a sunny afternoon in the Boat!


Dan Tullos, snowboarder

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