Why are a lot of Washingtonians masochists? When the weather goes above 40, Whitetail provides glorious spring-like skiing. But, where was everyone? It’s still too cold for golf.
My husband and I have been trying to ski Whitetail for a few hours every Sunday. February 2nd was superb - and there were few people to enjoy it. Guess they felt they could only make the short trip if the weather was below zero. Anyway, their loss was our gain.
The lines were short, and the conditions were great. I like spring-like texture, even it is a bit chunky at times. But, I’ll take it over ice and hard pack anytime. The softer snow makes me feel like an expert as I attack the moguls and fly over the runs. Those moguls, by the way, must be on steroids. They have really grown, especially on Exhibition! As for Bold Decision this week - forget about it! On the other side of the mountain - Fanciful, Snow Dancer, and Limelight, were all terrific. We saw very few bare or icy spots during the day.
On a sad note, this was the day after the Columbia tragedy. In all fairness, that may have had something to do with the small size of the crowds (although they did appear to increase towards nightfall). I was pleased to see the Ski Patrol had mounted an American flag on top of their hill, and it was at half staff.
I have always believed snow sports have a strong spiritual aspect to them - that is why many of us go to such effort and expense to partake in them. If the poor astronauts who died in the tragedy could perish, doing what they loved - what better tribute can we give to them, then to live, doing what we love in the mountains? The next time you get to the top of a magestic snow-covered mountain, why not say a brief prayer for them, and for our country?
When she wasn't skiing, Connie Lawn covered the White House as a reporter since 1968.
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