Last night, the first spring thunderstorm of the year soaked the Yampa Valley and rejuvenated the trees and grass. To enhance the conditions on Upper Mountain, the grooming crew re-groomed the runs after the storm, which caused a short delay in opening Upper Mountain this morning.
While I wait to ski Upper Mountain, I take a couple of laps on Preview, a beginner run at the base. The snow on Preview is perfectly slushy, almost like mashed potatoes, by 9:00 a.m. I dig in my edges and warm up my legs. Because advanced snowriders usually head straight up to the top, this area is perfect for the little ones learning to make their first turns. Expert skiers and snowboarders can use this area to perfect their "switch" (backwards) skiing or riding or learn new surface tricks.
After warming up, I hop on the Gondola to ski longer runs. The grooming crew did an excellent job getting the runs ready. Rudi's run is soft in most spots and has very good coverage. I notice that pure white snow is softer than the snow that is a little dirty looking. Kudos to the grooming grew, who has truly enhanced the skiing experience this spring!
Ego is fast and furious this morning! The fresh corduroy really holds an edge and turning is effortless. After another run up the Burgess Creek chairlift, I quickly cruise down Tower back toward the top of the Gondola. The higher up you go in the morning, the faster the snow will ski. Go higher, go faster.
As I write this it's snowing and there's more headed this way!