The wind was howling on the ridge tops this morning when the chairs started loading. With 5” of snow reported overnight, we decided to try and get as high as we could for some pow turns. As we rode up to the upper mountain, we saw the wind blowing tons of snow up the Cornice Bowl and the Palisades. Not surprisingly, Siberia and Granite Chief were on wind hold.
We ended up taking a run over towards the Solitude area and found some now powdery snow on top of a firm base layer. We also took a run in the Shirley Bowl and found some nice chalky snow under the Funnel. After the warm-up runs, we decided to head down to Headwall. We could see some huge powder sprays happening on North Bowl from the Shirley Ridge, so we raced down to get some for ourselves. North Bowl was probably my favorite run of the day as the wind was being blown across from Hogs Back into North Bowl all day. There were some very smooth wintery turns to be had in North Bowl all day.
I think Headwall chair in general had the best skiing of the day. You could venture into Siberia bowl to ski some amazing groomers, get steep pow turns in North Bowl, or venture over to Cornice Bowl for some wintery turns. I finished off the day with a couple Headwall Face to Classic Chute runs, which were more than satisfying.
A lot of the north-facing slopes higher up on the mountain are still holding some very wintery snow. Lower down on slopes like Spring Bowl, it was full-on spring corn snow. It’s an interesting time on the mountain right now with both wintery and springy skiing available. The coming week looks to warm up quite a bit, so get it while you can!