Welcome back, winter! The fresh snow that fell over the weekend combined with cold temperatures made for great winter skiing this morning. It started out sleepy on Mt. Werner; skiing first tracks felt like I had the mountain to myself, with many runs of fresh, smooth corduroy. Whether it was crowds leaving town, heading back to work, or just up too late getting their groove on for the last night of Winter Wondergrass, it’s a great morning to carve some solitary turns in the peace and quiet.

Pristine Corduroy on Sunset

All signs show storms are on the way and could arrive as early as this afternoon. Check the forecast for changes to come. We could have powder days both Tuesday and Wednesday depending on how the storm shapes up.

Some leftover freshies in the trees

The groomers are carvy and the wintry snow is amazing this morning. I had to do Rolex first thing as it was nice and rolled. All the upper mountain groomers are consistent and soft. I tried a bunch on the Sundown side, with barely another skier or lift rider in sight. The runs off Tomahawk, Sunshine Lift Line, Two O’Clock, One O’Clock and High Noon were wide open for fast early morning turns. You’ll want your gators and warm gear, though temps are not as chilly as they were this weekend.

Love the sound of these little birds chirping at the top of Thunderhead.

Ah, winter, how we missed you! As nice as the spring sunshine and afternoon slushin’ were, it’s even better to anticipate freshies in our near future.

If you do venture into the trees, you can find a few fresh turns if you search a little, and the snow is light and fluffy. Anything tracked is skiing extra fast, so more turns are a good idea. The bumps at the top of Three O’Clock were set up and firm if you like that sort of thing.

My favorite run of the day was Storm Peak Face just after the rope dropped to Sunset. The Daze to Ted’s Ridge on the way down was skiing mighty nice, and it looked like the crowds were just starting to gather when I reached the base.

While the festival goers were getting their boogie on last night, we watched the Oscars. Full of messages of unity, strength, acceptance, Sting and Justin Timberlake, they were inspiring as ever. At the end was maybe the biggest oops ever, when they stuffed the best picture envelope with the wrong winner. Imagine the producers of La La Land having to hand over their Oscar mid speech to the producers of Moonlight. Yikes! It would be like us having to hand over a foot of powder to Aspen. Kind of.

Husband getting face shots on Friday.

Get ready for some more of the white and fluffy. Here’s hoping we measure it in feet!

 

Jessica Berg, Alpine skier

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