The sunshine from the weekend has given way to heavy low hanging clouds, and the beginning of the next storm cycle is on the horizon. There wasn’t any new snow last night, but with almost 100″ of snow so far this year the runs are in great shape. It’s easy to look forward to the next storm, but I highly recommend getting up there and enjoying what we already have. It’s not too cold out this morning, so as long as you bring your low light goggles you should have a great time.

Wide open turns on Vagabond

I spent most of my time on the lower mountain today since the visibility isn’t great up top. That might change as the day goes on, but the upper mountain was socked in when I got there. Besides, the lower mountain has a lot to offer and it’s easy to overlook. The great start we’ve had means that we are 99% open and you can count on getting good turns most anywhere on the mountain. My first runs were down Vagabond from the top of the gondola down to Thunderhead lift. If you are lucky enough to be here on a week day, Vagabond is a must. The wide open run is groomed from top to bottom and feels like your own private super G course on days like today.

Heavenly Daze is the most prominent run on the mountain, but if you are looking for something a little different, try out Ted’s Ridge. To get there, you just start down the Daze and take a right about a quarter of the way down. There is a little grass sticking out above the snow still, but don’t be fooled it was one of the best runs I had all day. Ted’s Ridge starts out pretty steep but it mellows out as you get lower so you can feel comfortable going fast, knowing you will have a place to squib some speed.

Groomers are fun, but powder is better. Fortunately we have a storm cycle coming in later today from Northwest! The forecast shows 3-6″┬ábut I wouldn’t be surprised if we got a little more than that up top. The winds are going to pick up as this storm moves in, so a lot of snow can be deposited in the southwest facing trees at the top of the mountain. So even if the totals on Wednesday and Thursday aren’t huge, you can still count on finding some deep snow in Sundown.

 

Dan Tullos, snowboarder

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