The phone started ringing around 8am. “Got that ticket?” “Can you film today?” “Meet
me in the Cafeteria.” “Are you here yet?” “How much snow is up there?”
It’s funny how a powder day somehow stimulates the ringer on my phone.
When we finally got to the top of the Tram this morning, my friends and I discovered that it wasn’t
just another pow day. It was blower. We heard rumors of deep snow in Bavarian
Forest, so we took the chance and ripped down Liberty Bowl first. Eric and Zach took
off, leaving me buckling my boots watching their smoke trails that were face shots a split
second earlier. As the 3 of us converged on gate 4 to the forest, we couldn’t stop
laughing. We all agreed that those were some of the best turns we’d had in Liberty
Bowl all season. Dropping into the trees, we found run after run of untracked,
bottomless cold smoke, the kind that reminded us of skiing some backcountry area on a
We skied on Dakota lift until after 1, when we saw somebody ripping giant
turns down the still untouched Dakota Bowl above us. It looked like something you
would see in a heli skiing segment of a movie. We had to have it, so we headed back to
the Tram for another lift and made our way out the gate to the goods. It was well over
the knees deep all the way back down to the top of the Dakota chair. We spent the rest
of the afternoon lapping the same chair for our continuous dose of face shots. At the
end of the day, we scored some sweet turns in Erika’s Glade to get back to Shedhorn,
then back to the base area via Rice Bowl.
I can’t wait to go do it again tomorrow! See you on the Tram...