Alpine Meadows opened today for 2013/14 winter season. Right off the bat, there was powder everywhere. Thin powder with hidden rocks underneath, but still damn fun. By 10am, the powder was mostly chewed up but the chopped up snow was great for riding fast.
By the afternoon, the powdery zones had turned into soft, low altitude moguls and the constant skiing dug up the rocks that were hiding earlier in the day. Riding up the chair, you could hear people hitting rocks with frequency.
The groomers were good all day. The crowds were never bad. There were no lift lines and most crowd had left by noon.
It was a great day and there’s no doubt that Alpine is better than Squaw right now. Squaw is still fun, but Alpine’s a touch better. It’s nice to be able to ski top to bottom over and over on the Summit chair. Alpine had Round House, Kangaroo, Meadow, and Summit chair running with a mini park as well.
Squaw opened the Far East chair today along with the run that drops right underneath it. It was pretty icy but cool to have another option.