This was one of those days I only get every couple years, because weather and travel have to be aligned just right when you live far from the mountains. In fact, the last time I had such a memorable powder day was at Mad River Glen about 10 years ago.
I put up some pics from the day here, with comments:http://members.cox.net/craig.hunter/cv030707/
This was a heck of a day to be my first at CV. There was at least 10" new snow on the slopes by the end of the day, with 12-14" in many areas, and 16" in isolated spots (trees, sides of trails). The snow was very dry and a delight to ski. After sampling a slew of trails, I spent most of the day in the Weiss Meadows and their connector trails, in The Glades, and on Spruce Run. Those trails were all in great shape with excellent deep snow, and were deserted in the morning -- I was amazed that I was making the only tracks on some of the trails from 9-10:30AM.
I skied through the woods where it looked safe, but stayed within sight of trails since I am unfamiliar with the ski area. I only ski through trees when the powder is deep, because it provides a nice safety cushion and keeps speed in control.
In spots, the snow was flying up over my ski tips and past my thighs, and I had a few surprise face shots on Spruce Run. It was really cool to ski fast through the powder and trees and see the snow exploding all around me. I had forgotten how awesome it is to ski powder, and it really boosts my confidence.
I skied 9-4:15 with only a couple short breaks outdoors -- with all the snow coming down, I was covered pretty heavily and didn't want to go inside to melt and get wet. So I pretty much rocked the mountain for 7 hours straight and loved every minute of it. At the end of the day, there was so much snow I was able to ski down past the lodges and into the parking lot right to the back of my car.
I can see how CV would be an average intermediate mountain with groomed snow, but with fresh powder it's a real gem of a ski area. As I was blasting through the glades, trees, and narrow trails, I honestly kept thinking back to my times at MRG. That good. I just don't get this kind of terrain at Snowshoe or Wintergreen where I normally ski.
Tomorrow I will be at TL and looking forward to skiing without a blizzard! Will be 34F and sunny, and with temps around 10F overnight the snow should stay pristine at least until mid day. Sadly, the weather is going to degrade the great conditions fast starting on Saturday, so get out there and enjoy it while you can!
P.S. Found a coupon in the Mountain Highlands Traveler and got a $15 lift ticket at CV. I would have paid $100 for such epic skiing, which made the $15 deal amazing. Grab a coupon while you can!