Up in the Clouds
The last round of storms have moved through and the next round is still a few days away, so today is one of those in between days. I like to take these opportunities to get creative about where I ride and explore new parts of the mountain. We only have 20% of our terrain open right now, but if you are willing to look for it, there are some fun little powder stashes out there.
The temps on the mountain are mostly in the teens this morning, but the moisture in the lingering clouds makes it feel a little colder. Riding storm and 4-points will be chilly, but the conditions up high will be worth it. Ski Patrol dropped the ropes on Closet and Shadows yesterday and the snow in there was excellent. If you missed out on the fresh tracks you can still find a lot of leftovers in the trees. There weren’t too many people up on the hill so even if the main alleyways are tracked out you should be able to find some fresh lines between the trees.
If tree riding isn’t your thing then the lower mountain is gonna be your best bet today. The cloud-line is right at the gondola building, so taking laps on Burgess Creek lift will keep you on runs with good visibility. The left side of Rudi’s is closed for snow making, but the right side is smooth and riding really well. The better option from BC lift would be to head over to lower rainbow for a longer more consistent run.
The chilly temps up top make it a perfect day to take laps on our brand new gondola. Not only can you warm up on the ride, but the new gondola is so fast that you can make it up in about the same time as the Thunderhead lift. There is next to no one up there so Heavenly Daze was almost empty and in great shape. I would recommend sticking to the Daze, but if you venture down Ted’s Ridge watch out for the Moose on the right side of Eagles Nest. You should never approach wildlife on the slopes but if you want to get a look at them you can see them from the Thunderhead lift.