Return of the Sun! With the flip of daylights savings time the dawn glow warms the mountain at a gradual pace, and the blue of the sky is bold and bright. We arrived at 10am as the rays of light spread across the western facing slopes- radiating upon the fresh grooming. The Groomers have been hard at work since the last storm laying corduroy after 3 ft in 3 days that fulfilled the locals Powder cravings.
In no rush as there are no lines and few people in comparison to the busy weekends, a leisurely pace with coffee and Burritos from Snorkles Cafe on the plaza while stretching and gathering of the lackadaisical crew. We knew it would be firm before noon, but couldn’t resist the fresh groomers across the mountain.
Up Dream Catcher Lift and down the Ridge basking in sun with a view for miles. Fast is an appropriate term as we screamed across the packed piste. After catching our breath, felt it was probably a good idea to slow it down and head over to Sacajawea Lift for some lower angle runs already hit by the direct sunlight.
After a lunch of poutine at the Trap Bar, the magic hour seemed to hit. People began rolling in casually around 1:30 as the snow softened into a form of butter. Easily playable to the edge and over the next few hours turned into full on corn that slushes in waves from under the board. Blackfoot held up to the baking and trenches could be spotted from the lift from all the carvers.
Rider Aaron Lebowitz
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As the Rubber Legs Banked Slalom is approaching on March 24th, the Ladies Waist was groomed and at about 3pm conditions became a slip and slide of banked turns.
On any given beautiful day at the Ghee, we wandered up Mary’s Nipple for a brilliant view of the Tetons as the light shifted lower in the sky and the contrasting effect was stunning.