All the snow that has fallen in the last 3 or 4 days has done wonders for the mountain. The ice layer is a distant memory, the groomers have all been refreshed with soft snow and the trees have been amazing. Since the big snow on Monday, the few inches we’ve gotten each day have kept things soft and fun out there, but we are mostly riding on the leftovers. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, just different.

Frosty tree

Sure, that pizza you ordered is delicious the first time around, but its a whole different meal when you reheat it the next day (or eat it cold at 2 a.m.) It still tastes great, but it’s not quite the same. The leftovers on the mountain aren’t as good as the big powder day, but they are a blast in their own way. Finding those little stashes that have miraculously remained untouched makes days like today worthwhile. Like finding some prosciutto in your fridge to put on your reheated pizza.

So far this morning, I have found great little pockets of snow everywhere from Closet to the tree runs next to Tomahawk. Just look for a good opening into the trees and find your own line through. If you are new to tree skiing, be sure to take it slow and stick to wide open glades so you have plenty of room for error.

New terrain is opening left and right lately, and today is no different. The patrol dropped the ropes on Morningside park at around 9:30 this morning, and let me tell you, it’s deep! There aren’t a lot of people on the mountain today, but they are heading straight up to the top. So if you want to get some fresh lines in Morningside, get up there quickly.

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Dan Tullos, snowboarder

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