Sunshine lived up to its name this past week with sun, sun, sun. Cool, crisp temperatures kept snow crystals to packed powder instead of tranforming them to corn. Wide open terrain on Angel Express and Continental Divide Express pulled out the urge to drop in big, loopy carves.
With "go anywhere" views, we reveled in above treeline wide-open carving with lots of stops for just gaping at the scenery. In the distance one direction, Mt. Assiniboine's horn stood prominently, while in the opposite direction, you could pick out Mt. Temple.
While Wild West wasn't open (snow report says it is now), Delirium Dive was. And I just had to take a look. For those, like me, who might consider skiing the double-black only in new soft powder, you can hike up beside the avy transceiver-activated entrance gate to watch more stout-hearted skiers drop in. A few with tranceivers, shovels, probes, steep savvy, and guts perused the best shots. Two climbed down the stairs to traverse across a knife-edge to their line; others launched down a near vertical chute. My stomach did a few loops just peeking over the edge.
Rogers Terrain Park--a huge park covering nearly 12 acres--was abuzz with the skilled and unskilled. We watched a few launch big air beauties interspersed with a couple splats that looked painful.
By the time we worked our way over to Goat's Eye, some of the powder had been scraped off, making us work a bit harder at slicing our edges into the hard pack in high trafficked areas. Nevertheless, the natural terrain--especially down an unnamed circuitous treed loop--put a smile on our faces. The bright sun left a little burn and memories of a good day.