With cloudy skies and no new snow, today wasn’t the type of day where you hightail it to the mountain as quickly as you can. It was however, one of those great mornings where you can take it easy and enjoy the little things. For instance, instead of running through Gondola Square to get in line, I strolled over to Gondola Joe’s and had a nice cup of coffee before I went up. Sometimes, it’s nice to simply enjoy the morning on the mountain at your own pace. After all, the mountain will still be there this afternoon.

Corduroy on West Side
Corduroy on Westside

Today is all about the weather. Mt. Werner was blanketed by clouds this morning, but when I left, they were starting to move out of the valley. That means this afternoon is going to be the perfect time for sunny groomers and enjoying the scenery. Even with the flat light in the morning, the groomed runs were excellent over on the Sundown side of the mountain. High Noon, Two O’Clock and Westside were all riding great with now major bumps or icy spots to speak of.

Storm Peak Face
Storm Peak Face

Just because we haven’t had any snow in the last few days doesn’t mean there aren’t any leftovers in the trees. While the main runs like Closet and Shadows are going to be bumped up, there are plenty of little area’s between the runs that will last longer. I would suggest trying the trees between High Noon and Sunshine Lift Line for some low-angle trees and the trees under Elkhead lift for something steeper. Once you’ve found all the stashes down low, you can head up top and poke around in Christmas Tree Bowl for some untouched lines. Most of the obvious lines up there are skied out, but if you traverse a bit to the right, you can find some untouched areas.

Sun on the horizon
Sun on the horizon

With sunny skies and relatively warm temps on the mountain, this afternoon should be perfect for getting your legs in shape and exploring new parts of the mountain. Even though we aren’t quite 100% open, there is still plenty of terrain to ride on. If you are in the mood for some steeps, keep an eye on the closure signs at the top of the Morningside lift. It sounds like patrol is working on opening some more terrain up there this afternoon. No guarantees, but getting first tracks through North St Pat’s is about as good as it gets.

 

Happy Holidays!
Dan Tullos, snowboarder

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