I had the privilege of skiing with my 6 year old (Caroline) today. She gave me some great perspective of the ski conditions through the eyes of a child. How cool is it when a girl not even 4 feet tall is plunging into powder stashes and schussing to jump off every mound of snow she can find.
The runs we skied today were some of the best groomers of the year. Flintlock, Quickdraw and Sunshine Lift Line were incredibly smooth. Yesterday's sunny, bluebird afternoon left just the tiniest trace of glaze on top of the corduroy. But with the morning sun beginning to peak out from behind the clouds I anticipate some buttery goodness will be the conditions this afternoon. Caroline disappeared into the trees for a moment and popped out with a huge smile on her face. When I asked her how the trails were skiing she said "soft and puffy." Yep... sounds about right for this time of year.
The early morning breeze added a bit of nip to the air today. It's exciting to think of another storm headed our way. Most of the runs I skied were protected from the wind by the aspens and pines surrounding the trails. High Noon was particularly fantastic and the snow quality we extremely forgiving. Puffs of powder were splashed in every direction so arcing my turns was incredibly easy. Even Caroline felt comfortable with how gentle the slopes felt beneath her feet and said it felt a bit "gooey" (her words not mine) in places. I understood what she meant although she may not have had all the language to describe it. What she meant to say was that "sinking an edge into the soft snow allowed the ski to flex in such a manner as to gracefully guide her feet around from underneath her weighted edge." Ha... how about that for a proper description!
David Wittlinger, Alpine Skier