I was up at Wintergreen for their last day today. Eagle's Swoop and Dobie were open, and of course they had Dobie set up as a large terrain park. First things first, some pics are at:http://members.cox.net/craig.hunter/wtg040206/
There were a lot of good skiers and boarders riding in the park, and it was fun to watch. I think the average age there was about 16, and I was one of the few dorky older guys around (I did my best to represent for gen X). There were more regular, older skiers over on Eagle's Swoop.
While some parts of the trails looked thin, overall there was a ton of snow on the trails, especially lower Eagle's Swoop and Dobie. They had scraped Dobie down to make features, jumps, etc, out of the snow, and there was still a solid base. They really made a ton of snow on that trail this year -- you don't realize how much volume that base is until they start to move the snow around to make features.
I started the day on Eagle's Swoop, which was groomed very nicely. Good skiing over there, but it got slushed up by noon, so I headed over to Dobie. The snow on Dobie was better, probably because they had graded down into the manmade base (in contrast, the cover on Eagle's Swoop was the natural remnants of last week's snow, with some manmade scrambled in here and there).
Of course all the other trails were closed, but I think a hiker could have poached some turns (for sure on the Highlands -- upper cliffhanger looked very good). There was a nice strip of snow down the side of Big Acorn, and I thought about hiking it but was too tired by the end of the day. I'm sure that would have been a fun chute to ski...
Anyway, this turned out to be a great day. Weather was good, skiing was fun, and the action in the park was pretty good. If this had been mid-season, two trails with spring snow would have been a major dissappointment. For April 2, it was like a gift of a bonus ski day. Heck, the other alternative was staying home to mulch flower beds, so being able to ski was pretty awesome! Too bad they won't be running the lifts next weekend.... I know the snow will still be there!