I am currently at Steamboat, CO and will be here through Saturday. The past couple of days has be EPIC
here! This is the first time that I've ever skied powder that friggan deep! I've hit some serious CHEST DEEP
powder on the back side of the mountain (in the "Morningside Park" side. Yesterday me and a couple of guys from the Fredericksburg ski club went exploring one of the glades/bowls over on the left side of the mountain looking for fresh tracks. The only problem is that it started to sock in up on the mountain making visibility difficult. Just today, it was snowing so friggan hard that we could barely see a couple chairs ahead on the lift! One point, I could not even tell where the hill actually was - it was just solid white in front of me.
Now, I can see why people get so excited over skiing some big powder! At first, I thought I may have difficulty skiing through this stuff, but compared to the typical mash potatoes, East Coast Cement and slush we get in the Mid-Atlantic, this stuff was friggan easy and a huge joy to ski! I was banging down one run behind a local and he made a comment to me that I seemed to be handling really well. I told him the typical conditions I usually had to deal with and this is nothing! The only really bummer was that after skiing down the steep part of the run (with some serious face shots - could not even see where the heck I was going!), I got bogged down into some flats, which really sucked trying to get out of.
It is snowing to beat hell right now as I am typing this, so I could only imagine what will be greeting me tomorrow morning!
I need to get more pics (I really wish I had one of myself skiing through that really deep stuff), but here is one I took Sunday one one of the black runs when it was really starting to snow hard: