Yesterday was one of those days where you were really on the fence… wind was blowing hard and increasing, fog was pretty thick with only a few inches of snow and which had followed some rain during the night, plus it was Tightwad Tuesday so folks would drive a hundred miles easily for a half price lift ticket… most indicators said “Bag it”, but, at about 11 something I said to hell with it and went up anyway. The Slide lot was nearly empty and at first I doubted the chair was even spinning, but, there it was, spinning a lone soul up through the fog. Taking the Upper Traverse I noticed there wasn’t a track in the 4 to 5 inches of new snow… but the SW wind was howling too so “tracks must have been blown over” I said to myself and continued on. Heading over to Zephyr, same thing. No tracks. We dropped in to the Zephyr trees into a trackless 6″ of pow and blown pow and found freshies all the way down. And with a smile agreed, “yeah, lets do THAT again.” The Flume trail back to the lift only showed a couple of other tracks from Bruces.
Winds did get pretty bad with the chair running a flat and slow 500 FPM with some chair swing added to the action but we got a last run in on Shangdi La just as they called it. As I skied down into the almost empty lot to the truck I thought of the movie line *Just the right amount of shitty” from the flick “The Way Way Back” as it applied to this day and smiled. The conditions were just bad enough to keep most folks home which resulted in an Old Timey day at Slide Mountain… just like it used to be… laying down tracks next to your old tracks without another set in-between. I would gladly trade 3 feet of pow on a Bluebird Day with a billion others fighting for that one last turn in the trees any day of the week.
Today could be a repeat… thats what the weather guru’s are calling for but who knows, I suspect however that there will be many more folks since the winds have calmed down and there is more new snow.
Just like the “good ole days” at Slide mountain… and most of these cars were staffers
Freshies at 11:30 am… “Really?” Damn straight!