Well, the day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, powder skiing has commenced at Big Sky Resort. I love the first day of every season with getting to see all the familiar faces smiling wide. This season we were blessed with amazing conditions with plenty of black diamond terrain, excellent beginner terrain and everything in between, ON OPENING DAY!
Chad, Chris and I booted up in the office and had our mandatory double check on gear before rolling out to the plaza. We went up Swifty and were greeted by Josh, our new ticket manager who’s enjoying his first day on the job in Montana hailing from Oregon. Off to the left of the chair we saw all the amazing work our terrain park did to create features ready to roll for opening day complete with table top and several rails.
At Swifty we motored toward the Triple chair for a couple of bowl laps. The beauty of the first day of skiing is that even though it hasn’t snowed for 3 days, the snow was soft and smooth as people were tracking it up. There’s actually a very nice base down with the new snow on top for great turns, only interrupted with our effort to get some video and photos of the experience.
Moving on, we wanted to check out Challenger and were joined by Jamie who’s getting in turns before her Whiskey Jacks shift. Wow, that terrain is the best I’ve maybe ever skied this early in the year, as always you have to be mindful for some unmarked obstacles, but to be skiing this steep terrain this early is amazing. We caught up with a few pros from our snowsports school and I offered them to join us so that poor Chris and Chad actually had some talent to try and capture on film.
With that, Troy, Christine and two Chris’s worked their way to BRT Main, while the marketing crew dropped into BRT North a little lower to get in position. Nedved made sweet, soft turns down BRT Main like he never missed a day off of the snow, and the rest of the team did equally well.
After that we spun a lap down Moonlight off the Challenger chair and I really enjoyed the soft, mid-angle turns on the left edge. In reverse order, Jamie and I snagged a Mr. K lap to finish my day. I’ve been hearing about how good the coverage was, but skiing was believing and it was remarkable 3 miles of rolling, wide green groomers that left plenty of room for everyone. We even ran into Meg who was having fun teaching some future rippers the ways of the mountain.
Years ago I moved to Big Sky to be a ski bum for one season and then hit the real world. As it turned out, 12 years later I’m still a ski bum and the real world is made up of days like today of anticipation and excitement for a whole new season ahead of us. I’m hopeful you’re able to join us for a day, a week or a lifetime at Big Sky and join in the fun!
We’ll see you out there,