Knee-deep powder is great and all, but sometimes your legs just need a groomer day. After this last week of storms, I can tell you that my body is thanking the weather gods for a day or two of easy groomers and park laps. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait for this next storm to come in tomorrow afternoon. But muscles need recovery time, and grippy morning groomers are perfect for stretching out sore legs. With cold temps and tons of fresh snow to be groomed down, today is a great day to take it easy and get excited about the snow to come.
Aside from the cold temps (4 degrees up top) the first thing I noticed about the snow this morning was how fast it was. The corduroy was in perfect shape, and with nobody on the runs, you could really set some nice carves. The light is a little flat, though, so make sure to bring the right goggles. Before heading to the top, I took a few laps down Rudi’s Run and lower Rainbow to warm up. The rollers on Rudi’s are pretty steep this time of year, so as long as you know that no one is below you, it’s a great run to get some air.
After heading up Storm Peak Express, we decided to give Buddy’s Run a shot and were rewarded with awesome conditions. Buddy’s can get icy later in the year when we have more people around, but right now, it’s as good as it gets. The left side of the run usually gets a little less traffic than the middle, so try to hug that side of the run for the smoothest turns.
Once we had our fill of groomers, we decided to take a few runs through the Li’l Rodeo Terrain Park. I really like playing around in here during the early season to get my rail and jump skills back for the season. Even though it’s a beginner park, there are enough little features that you can get creative and try things you might not try on the big features. If you hit the jump line on the lower right of the park, make sure to keep enough speed to clear the knuckles.
Even though I always have a great time on the mountain, it’s hard not to look forward to new terrain and more snow. In case you haven’t heard, the Sundown side of the mountain is opening tomorrow. This means we will get our first look at the brand new Elkhead lift and some of our best runs like Westside and Rolex. If you want to be a part of the festivities, the first chair will be at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
Have a great day on the slopes!
Dan Tullos, snowboarder