What a day! That is about all I can say. All the snow that fell in the Valley yesterday made for some great skiing today. Almost all of the slopes were groomed (including OTW), but there was plenty of powder to be found in the woods, under the lifts, and on "The Drop".
I arrived at Timberline at about 8:30 this morning (a little earlier than I anticipated) and decided to dress in a hurry and get to the lift for the first chair. I made it down to the lift about 15 minutes before it started, but was happy to wait to be the first to ride up. This was the first time I have ever got to do that. On the way up I had plenty of time (go figure?) to decide which run I would make first. Figuring that I wasn't going to find any untracked powder, I decided that White Lightening looked like a perfect place to leave first tracks on some of the softest corduroy that I have ever skied. It was a truly great feeling to make huge turns (spanning almost the entire width of the trail) on snow that looked like the groomer just finished it. I knew that after that it was going to be a good day.
I believe after that I skied Almost Heaven and then Dew Drop. Again, both of these trails were perfect, soft corduroy. I then skied the run underneath the main lift (can't remember the name?). It had already been skied up pretty good, but still made for an interesting run down. I sometimes found myself in shin-deep powder. Because it was skied up, I also found myself on some not so forgiving ice. The combination of ice and powder on this run made it the last time I would ski it for the day.
Today was also the first time I have had a chance to meet up with a fellow DCSkier and ski some runs. I met up with Craig (Skier219) after lunch and we made several runs in the time we were together. I am sure that Craig can attest to the great skiing that was had today. It was also nice skiing with someone who shared such a love for skiing. I am just like Craig (and probably everyone else on this forum) in that I am always trying to devise a way to make a comfortable living, provide for a family, and of course....ski everyday I want to. When I got home I tried hard to convince my girlfriend that I now had proof of others who are just like me.
Here are a few pictures that I took today. I included a few shots I took on the drive up. Enjoy!!
This is one of my favorites. I took it right outside of Harman while I was driving.
Top of OTW
Bottom of OTW
Lots of fun!
I was the first person to ski that trail today!!
P.S. Pray that this upcoming weather system changes course completely and doesn't ruin all of this new snow (I am a dreamer)!!!!