Recent days of hang-about cloud kindly gifted Alyeska Resort with much appreciated fresh fall and occasional periods of bamboozling fog. Resort specs. report the additional 7 inches to raise upper mtn. snowpack to 112 inches to date.
Soupy low viz kept outer areas closed while sifty, super-cold mini-crystals rushed to collect atop otherwise boilerplate groomers. Shoulder piste zones offered soft-topped hardpack seemingly best suited for the quiver’s wider rides, and relatively sparse skier numbers supported the happy impression that one had the slopes all to themselves.
Post a few puckered punches into the flat light of Silvertip, I stuck mainly to the trees dividing South Edge from Mambo. Lower Mambo to Denali, particularly, was a smile-inducing span of workable fun.
Temps. seemed to bite as sunlight faded, luring most skiers into one (or more) of Alyeska’s many comfy dine and/or drink locations.
Bottomline: skiing’s fast–and sometimes ice hard–but everybody’s smilin’ to be slidin’ nonetheless.
This is Paulie at Girdwood advising: get out and SKI!