Has anybody else been going on message boards since “56k warnings” were a thing? Ahhhh the good ole days lol.
3am wake up call Thursday morning and I jumped outta bed, I was fired up to go after not getting up to Snow last season. Headed to my cousins to meet up with him (Ryan) and his buddy (Ben) and we were on our way by 4am. One coffee and gas stop later and we pulled into the parking lot around 930. Ryan and Ben took their boards to the tune shop to get them waxed (I had no idea you can get your boards waxed in as little as 20 minutes) and I hit the proshop to get a new pair or goggles and mittens. They had the EXACT pair of goggles that I wanted, so that was a nice surprise. Also, after not really wearing goggles for the past 10 years, I was VERY happy with the visibility and performance of the goggles. Stoked on them TBH.
Day 1…After getting 22+” of snow in the previous 5 days, we were greeted with more snow on Friday, and it snowed ALL DAY totaling roughly 6”. We started with a couple runs down the main face to get our legs warmed up then took a quick run down the North Face which was a nice diamond with lots of fresh untracked snow from the precious storm. After that we then proceeded to the Carinthia area, however we never made it and found ourselves in an untouched area of trees with roughly 20” of untouched snow. All 3 of us got stuck at one point because of how much snow was in there. That was a tiresome 15 minutes, ha! Once we made our way outta there we took a couple runs thru Nitro Park which was its first day open and a couple runs thru some trees over in the Carinthia.
Quick lunch break at the new Carinthia lodge.
Ben, our 3rd wheel wanted to stay inside a little longer as he was legitimately sick and needed some more rest. So, Ryan and I took a couple runs thru Nitro Park before heading back to meet back up with Ben. Once we regrouped with him, we proceeded back to the main face and finished off the day with a couple runs down the main face mixing in some trees when we were able to. As someone who doesn’t have a lot of, if any true “pow days” this day was a great experience. Like I said, lefts overs all over the mountain from the previous storm, plus the 5-6” throughout the day. Top 5 day ever for me.
Quick story time, hopefully @RyGuy19 doesn’t read this haha. We booked our rooms 2 weeks before we were scheduled to arrive and a week before we arrived I got an email saying that the hotel I was scheduled to stay in was experiencing maintenance issues and I had been complimentary upgraded to the Grand Summit Resort….. Ben and Ryan had not been upgraded... Sorry boyz. I enjoyed a nice outdoor hottub that night and my room was literally at the bottom of one of the main lifts. I may or may not have imbibed in some 420 late night watching the cats groom the lower lift area.