The first runs of the season always tend to be a little touch and go for me. I’ve been skiing all my life, but there’s still something about strapping on those sticks for the first trip up the lift that blends excitement with caution. But today, after about carve No. 3, I was off to the races and more than thrilled to welcome the beginning of 2015/16.

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The Christie Peak Express chairlift is your access point to skiing and riding today, with several nice runs to choose from. All of Sitz, Jess’ Cut-Off, Sitz Back, Stampede, Vogue, Buckaroo and Desperado are ready to explore. Conditions are packed powder but easy to carve. Bottom line, things below your feet can get slick quickly, so watch your speed and yield to your fellow mountain hounds.

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The mountain crew has set up a nice little terrain park for the lil’ rippers in the family. I’m not daring enough to hit the rails just yet, but I could see some others exploring the features already. I noticed a few natural kickers forming, as well. Not bad for the second day of opening weekend.

GoPro Cam 1

GoPro Cam 1

The grooming machines are hard at work manicuring additional terrain to open up on Scholarship Day next Wednesday. Please note that mountain operations will close again for Monday and Tuesday while the resort prepares for a quality Thanksgiving weekend of fun and sun.

GoPro Cam 2

GoPro Cam 2

Though my legs are more tired than I’d like to admit, I’d classify my first day on skis this year as a tremendous first step toward a memorable season to come. If the snowfall continues the way it has so far, I could see this one being a winter for the record books. I’d better get back out there and dust off more of those cobwebs, so I’ll be ready for the glorious powder to come.

Ski ya later,

Dave Wittlinger, Alpine skier

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