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There are only two kinds of skiers/riders when it is snowing: those who don't want to get up early to ski, and those who do. To put it bluntly, I do. This morning's 5am report only recorded a trace of new snow, but also said that it had just started snowing. 'Started snowing' is enough to get me moving.

By the time I got to the top of the Gondola there was a very nice coating of new snow, and it was still coming down. The fresh snowfall on top of Rudi's was perfectly smooth - so absolutely perfect that I couldn't even feel the groomed texture underneath.

Now you can call this a habit or you can call it a routine, but I always end up riding Four Points first. I think I like it because I can take any combination of blue/black groomed runs underneath to warm up my legs. Today was no exception. Even the part where I ended up taking 3 rides up the chair after trying various scouting runs under BC & Elkhead.

One little trick I like to use when the light is flat is to stick closer to the trees, since they can help reflect on the snow for better visibility. The snow closer to the trees can also be softer since it doesn't get skied as much and sometimes doesn't get touched by the groomer. That was when I noticed how soft the ungroomed snow is, too.

What I thought was my last run was down Twister to Hurricane. I confess that I had to do an extra lap under BC on White Out, slightly delaying my way in becuase it was so hard to stop skiing.

I hope you take your next opportunity to get out early and ski even if it just started snowing. It is usually worth it!

Amy Kopischke

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