New snow, clear, cold weather, no lift lines – what more could one ask for on a day ski trip. 4 inches had fallen at the summit of White Pass overnight, the sun was out and the views of Rainier spectacular in the sparkling morning air.
After a couple of fast warm up runs, I bumped in to Mike from the Desert Ski Club, who was also up for the day. After that it was a pretty fast and furious day, hitting all the main runs on the hill, which is now fully open with an excellent base.
One of the pleasures of familiarization with a ski hill is all the ‘secret’ nooks and crannies that can be found. Yesterday I scouted out two new lines, the best being a two-ski-wide steep chute that leads in to an open area in the trees near Holiday Cliff. There was still nice fresh snow in there at 2pm, so it’s not exactly over-populated in there. By the end of the season I should know White Pass almost like a ‘real’ local.
Hit the road home at 3pm as the leading edge of the next storm moved in, for 18 runs and 8,900m. A fine, fine day.
Season so far:
9 days, 5 powder days, 70,500 vertical metres