On Friday, there was no new snow, but 11" the night before ... AND the Alpine lift was opening for the first time of the season. Since the temperatures had stayed cold, this meant the snow would be in good shape ... and it was awesome making first tracks.
On Saturday, 16" of fresh snow had fallen the night before, so it was a LOT more crowded and there was some serious comedy as people jockey'ed into position for the earliest possible chair. Thanks to Kyle, we were on the 3rd chair up. A major bonus was that Resolution Chair was opening for the first time of the season, so we wanted to hit that. Everyone else had the same idea, and when the Ski Patrol dropped the ropes around 9:20, it was a major Chinese Downhill!!!
You might be wondering "What is the F*ck is Chinese Downhill?!?" Famous quote
is at 1:11 in the embedded video below.
This is, of course, from the highest grossing ski movie of all time - the classic "Hot Dog... The Movie" - pretty hilarious writeup from Outside Magazine. It's politically incorrect (think Porky's on skis), and probably best watched after drinking! ;-)
Kyle was exactly right as we saw the same two ski patrollers come up the chair ... so we knew to jockey for position early - I blocked out some dudes as Kyle was in the front. Once the ski patrol opened the gates, it was every man for himself (no friends on a powder day!) and Kyle got the lead got fresh tracks all the way down.
I found some fresh lines down the initial steep slope, but then it flattens out for a bit. I followed a dude who headed to the left as he slowed down in the foot+ of new snow - my speed was much faster because I was following in is fresh-cut tracks ... and just before we reached the steep section, I went zooming past him to grab the pow-pow! As we rode up the lift, I saw Wendy coming down - sorry honey, no friends on a powder day ... or as it actually was, even on my wife's birthday! ;-)
Needless to say, this was a great time skiing ... and Kyle is a rally-master when it comes to big pow-pow days! ;-)