I’m sorry....what? What is this light fluff of which you speak? We don’t have any of that here. What people around here call “powder” is apparently actually “deep muck.”It depends on if it's actually powder or not. I like blasting through the knee deep fluff that's so light you don't feel it, but feel otherwise about just deep muck.
I was there that day! I actually was at the top of white pass about 5 minutes before the rope drop. Instead of waiting with the crowds, I skied the 5th anaconda chute. First tracks, and I was alone.Speaking of like lemmings to the sea.
That's the key to me. For me, skiing is an outdoor activity more than a sport. Perhaps because I suck at the latter and I enjoy the former I choose to be in rather desolate areas and take the beauty in. The lovely feeling of powder adds to it but is not essential. A crowd of people yelling and falling and cutting in front of each other? No thanks.The whole rope drop frenzie is ridiculous
This is a good description of why I left Tahoe 20 years ago. If the roads weren’t tangled with people who have no winter driving skills or closed due to avalanches, once you got to the ski area most of the good terrain may be closed because of avalanche danger or lifts on windhold. I mostly got sick of sitting in traffic waiting for roads to open.I'm just curious as to how others perceive a full on powder day. At my home mountains I don't feel the urge to stand in line for two hours waiting for the lift to spin to get a chance at maybe one or two open powder shots. That's if there isn't a crash on the road to the hill.
One of my few days at Fernie I got to be part of the rope drop once there at the top of White Pass Lift. Although there were not nearly as many people as the video, there were a lot. We were pretty close to the front but while everyone continued the traverse out further we got an awesome run just dropping in early without a bunch of lemmings.I was there that day! I actually was at the top of white pass about 5 minutes before the rope drop. Instead of waiting with the crowds, I skied the 5th anaconda chute. First tracks, and I was alone.
It actually enters the same bowl, but it's a bit out of the way, and the trees are tight...and the first few chutes were skied out...having opened a few hours earlier.
Rope drops aren't fun
Yup, I may have to stop along the way to clear fence lines and check bamboo, but on the morning after an overnight snow, it can be delightful. I got invited on a bomb run by the pros earlier this year, preparing to open terrain for the first time this year, and the never-tracked powder we got to ski on our way out was the sort of snow that people pay thousands for!!!I usually get three or four runs in before opening, So an overnight snow is fine by me.
Hey! Someone needs to check out those trails! ;-)
OUCH!4” last night in Snowbird with 8-12” forecast for today. I’m sitting on the UTA bus stuck halfway up the canyon. Driver’s radio is squawking with news about cars off the road up ahead.
Let the nuttiness begin!