Kirkwood is getting caked with boat loads of snow and things just keep on getting better. To hit the break between storms, I drove up 88 early Friday morning in order to get first tracks on chair 6 from the 18″ of fresh that fell overnight.
To my dismay, the spur section of 88 had been closed all night. There were several cars parked outside the gate that must have been there all night based on the foot and a half of snow on the roofs.
As I patiently waited for the vast quantities of snow to be plowed in order to let cars through, I made a mental list of the lines I would hit upon arrival. Oops and poops –> Dan cliffs –> Jims –> Dan cliffs –> lightning –> Palisades –> the Fingers –> etc.
Even after arriving at 10:30 I was thankful that there was still a considerable amount of terrain that had not been opened. There was plenty of soft snow to shred and that’s just what we did.
Unfortunately it rained on Saturday and iced over Sunday. Thankfully Kirkwood got a refresher of 6-10 inches for MLK day! It was much drier snow than the cement that fell Thursday night and made for awesome skiing. Monday was also the first day the Vista rope tow opened. After several pow laps down vista and thunder saddle, we called it quits and made our way to the bar.