12/4/2012 9:30:00 AM
AFTER CHALKING UP my 9th day at the resort, Ski Patrol continues to surprise me with the amount of terrain they’ve been able to open. I can’t remember in recent years when our early season conditions have looked so good. The first snow storms of the year have dispensed a heavy white blanket across the entire mountain providing an amazing base to build on.
This past Saturday while poking around the Bowl, Challenger, Swift Current and Ram Charger; it became clear to me how good the skiing was when I was able to drop into BRT’s Main. This small sliver of snow is a highly visible line when riding the Challenger lift and is one of the first “Hollywood” lines to open this season. While it’s not the craziest run on the mountain, skiing it early in the season makes for a welcomed challenge when you’re itching to get on steeper, more technical terrain. After navigating my way through some jagged rocks to the entrance, access to the steep chute was mine. The first few quick turns brought back memories of seasons past and elicited the feeling of dropping into the top of the Big Couloir. Once in the gut, the snow softened to a semi-dense powder that was playful and made for an excellent reward after the technical entrance. Skiing out the bottom I couldn’t help but smile and look forward to similarly rewarding runs in the near future.