Alex and I got off to an early start and as we headed west we could tell we were in for a beautiful day. Not a cloud in the sky as the sun hit the lightly dusted mountains. We were excited! I had been to Louise the previous week, but today was Alex's first ski day of the season.
Passes in hand, we headed straight for the backside in search of fresh snow. Right away we were blessed with some fresh lines, and continued finding powder pockets on the backside right until the end of the day. Lifts open today included Grizzly Gondola, Glacier, Top of the world (shut at noon), Paradise, and Ptarmigan. The front side was limited to the main runs off of the gondola, with nothing on top of the world open. Similarly, the backside had limited runs off of Poma, and only sections of the back bowls open. The Summit chair, was not yet spinning, but we are looking forward to that opening soon!
View of new quad to the summit.
Our day started off with a few surprisingly good laps off the back of top of the world, and on paradise chair. Later on we ventured over to ptarmigan. Old ptarmigan proved to be a mix of crust and crud that our early season legs did not appreciate. We quickly flipped to the front side and headed for a COVID safe lunch on the tailgate to fuel up. The frontside, being mostly man-made snow was thin and primarily consisted of crystallized pellets from the snow-makers, so we did not spend much time on the front. However, the small park located on the lower section of easy street had a few fun features.
The afternoon was entirely spent on Paradise chair until they shut the gates on us at 3:45. Our favourite runs of the day were The Heart off of Paradise, and Kiddies corner on the backside of Top of the World, each of which we rode multiple times.
Overall, we had a great day! The lack of crowds and pockets of fresh snow were bonus' for the perfect bluebird conditions we received. If you are heading out this weekend, remember to bring your rock skis, sharpen your edges, and try to catch your jaw before it hits the floor when you hear how much the "pre-season pricing" is ($99+).
Sun setting over the mountains on our last lap