Sure the mountain was great today with blue skies, light winds. good groomers and excellent off-piste in The Chutes and elsewhere, but why ski Rose when you can hit up one of the most venerable and unusual institutions in the Mt. Rose area. Yes. In this year of great snowfall it was time to finally conquer The Reindeer Lodge. Sign needed a little paint, but hey, what do you want for roof top skiing? Avalanche conditions looked pretty stable but I turned on my beacon for good measure. Zipping up my coat and lowering my goggles with a steely eye I was ready to take on The Reindeer. Cold smoke met my skis as I sampled the Green West Side Roof runs finally gathering my courage to challenge the intermediate Blue Square East Side Roof.
Finally it was time. My destiny awaited. I looked over the North Gables Run to the bottom and chills ran down my back, could I do it? The cars driving by honked encouragement. So, with some last minute support from my dogs, I shook off my fear and told myself I was ready to shoot the gut and try some turns up North. But was I really man enough to conquer the backside? Working up the courage to ski the Double Black Diamond North Gables where the wild powder lies I looked down into what looked like eternity and launched off the roof peak. Time seemed to stand still as I dropped and dropped turn after turn after turn.. the 12 seconds seemed almost endless, a ski highlight in my life and then, I was down. All ended well with three wild turns with some equally wild pups after me. What a challenge. What a day!
For a unique front country ski experience where the ghosts of music legends wonder around the building and you can almost feel the nostalgia of the World’s Largest Typewriter Collection and decades old frozen buffalo burgers greased up underneath you… where you can almost smell all the old beer spilled on the floor in days past where night crawlers are currently the only residents, I highly suggest it. One thing will be sure… crowds will be light with absolutely no lift lines! Ski the Reindeer I say! (before it collapses into the ages)