The mountain was an absolute blast today for a quick springtime session. The warm weather called for an earlier window, ripping terrain before the afternoon temp hit upper 60s. From KT22 to Headwall and The Palisades, the snow was awesome – soft, smooth and fast corn conditions.
This report was written by Ryan Williams.
Walking up to the lift, it was awesome to see the terrain still holding strong with a solid snowpack, even with the high temps over the past few days. The classic spots are melting, however, they are still looking mid-winter from our historic snowpack this season. The melt-freeze cycle lately has been keeping the snow riding super well. We noticed a few zones that hadn’t moguled out and were looking smooth. Olympic Lady was looking prime.
It was pretty fun getting back into diagonal chute since our last mini pow day – just ten days ago. Dropping in, the snow was awesome springtime corn, riding super well and a total blast with the filled-in walls you can blast. The turns were so good all the way down the chairline into the bowl and waterfall. We found some great pockets of smooth snow. It was wild to see all the dirt and forest debris on top, melting out through the layers, making the snow look wild but super fun.
Next on your tour was hitting Headwall. Taking The Saddle from KT, the groomers and cat tracks were awesome. With the minimal crowds today, the snow on the groomers stayed smooth and we could rip fast open turns. So much fun taking it down the lift.
At the top, we noticed that The Palisades were open. We decided to head that way via the Garbage Chutes down to Siberia. With the temps already hitting the mid-fifties, the snow looked good at the drop into the chute. Even as a north-facing slope, it was wild to see how much snow has melted in this zone.
The drop into the Garbage Chute is getting a bit narrower each day. Today it was rad. The top section was not as soft as the mid and lower section, however, top to bottom, it was a total blast to be ripping the Garbage Chutes in late April, almost May.
On the way down to Siberia, we hit the main groomers. They are so much fun right now. Rolling terrain, smooth snow, and skatepark-style banks and walls all around. And with the minimal crowds today, you could rip this zone.
Taking the lift up, the Palisades were looking awesome – still filled in beyond. It was rad to see a crew hit one of the big drops into The Box. The snow appeared to be just softening up. We jammed up the hike and enjoyed some of the great snow and steeps. On our next lap, it was cool to see many people getting after it. The warm weather was cooking.
We then jammed over to the Terrain Park at Gold Coast to check out some of the new features. Today the park crew added some cool new features in the rhythm section – mini jumps to mushroom islands. So rad! The new rail garden section is pretty dope too. It is so awesome to see the new park and the crew adding on to it each day. There are so many zones now, and they get bigger each day. Big thanks to the crew for crushing it. The best the park has been in years.
We wrapped up the session heading back to KT for another lap. The conditions on Olympic Lady were prime today. So hyped to be able to shred this zone this time of year in these great springtime conditions, especially before the sun melts it out. The next few days are going to be a blast all around the mountain. See you out there.