Today’s conditions were a total surprise delivering a mellow pow day with 3”-6” of new snow. From untracked pow turns on Olympic Lady, to the chutes in the Alternates, KT22 was a blast. And with even deeper snow on the Upper Mountain, the open bowls and trees were a pow day delight.
This report was written by Ryan Williams.
Walking over to the lift at 9 am it was a total treat to see the sun pop, revealing the great conditions on the mountain. KT was looking sweet, with much more snow than expected, and no line. It was looking to be a mellow pow day – game on. Heading up the lift, the weather was classic March storm wind down day, covering all ranges from snowy to sunny.
With the strong winds in the storm, we scoped out Olympic Lady holding some of the deeper snow and jammed over to East Face. At the top we paused to enjoy the view of the untracked slope below, it was looking good. Dropping in the turns were a total surprise, with about 4” of cold blower powder, with the surface under riding soft and not too icy. The storm delivered much more snow overnight than expected. The turns on Olympic Lady were awesome.
Next lap we enjoyed an untracked diagonal chute, and it ripped. The new snow was amazing all the way down chairline, through waterfall, to the bottom. And the mountain was empty. Adventure pow day was on. A completely quiet mini-pow day. Love days like these.
The wind had filled in the east and south facing aspects super well with this storm. However, it was time to check out the north and west-facing slopes of KT. Dropping into the Nose the snow was incredible. We hooked into the Alternates to find some amazing pow in the chutes. Love the drop into the chutes in this zone, so many options. And today, the snow was ripping, top to bottom untracked pow turns all the way down to mountain run. The snow was a bit thinner in the Alternates than it was on Olympic Lady.
The upper mountain was looking great on the lifts up. As we headed up, it was awesome to see how much more filled it was from the storm. We headed over to Solitude to check out the bowl and trees. And to our delight, the snow was amazing, still finding some untracked zones in the late morning. It’s always wild to see this lift and terrain during a big season. The rocks and features are buried. The Silverado chairs are so low at the top of the bowl, it’s amazing.
Dropping into the bowl we enjoyed some deeper snow, almost more than six inches in spots. It was awesome ripping some big open pow turns in the bowl, followed by the fun flowy untracked rollers and trees below. With the huge snowpack, the double set at the bottom is completely gone – wild to make big steep turns in this spot today. So much fun.
Today’s session wrapped up in our favorite zone, Broken Arrow. And did it ever deliver. The views from the top today were awesome, with the sun popping a bit, giving a glimpse of the bowl and incredible terrain. Dropping in the snow was a little thin on the first few turns, then the rest of the run was the best snow of the day: 6” blower pow, soft smooth conditions underneath. Top to bottom, Broken Arrow was the score today. Such a great way to wrap up a mellow mini pow day in March.