Saturday was Snow Summit, where every run has its own lift!, and Monday was Snow Valley, where there are a whole bunch of lifts that might as well be vaporized.
Seemed the storm blew through by the early AM, cuz 330/18 were good to go. Yet peeps still pulled over before Running Springs to chain up. Traffic was stopped at the second entrance to Valley when I pulled in at 8:30. And it got longer. Man, that looked like fun. A mandatory chain-up, I reckon.
Anyhoo, the snow was denser -- pretty much good ol' SoCal powder -- than the previous week. "Oh, you should have been here last Monday, or Sunday," said the grizzled, gray-haired locals. Dudes, I'm a kook -- I have commitments to keep. Valley has to be the least competitive lift-served place 'round here for freshies, so even though the terrain doesn't rule, you don't have to worry about the place getting tracked out in five minutes. (But boy was it spring heavies ---- sllooww down low ---- in the afternoon.)
I mistimed the opening of Slide Peak, but didn't really matter. Snow was not wind-affected, thank goodness, but technical skiing required to really shred -- kinda like Thunder and 4 last week. Lots of manzanitas and trees taking up space. And logs. And rocks. Unfortunately, I am not much of a technical studmaster, so I struggled with some spots -- like the area under Chair 11, but I did drop a rock (no, boulder!), albeit at slow speed, but I landed it! And in the same area, I did a sweet forward flip thanks to one of those marvelous unseen obstacles. I made at least 15 trips on the SP chair (it takes six seconds). SV is at least a little underrated. I was reminded of this when I landed like a doofus into a pillow of snow after coming upon some natural rollers by accident.
My camera is acting up, so pictures may or may not be forthcoming. My handi-shake cam vid didn't really turn out as hoped, so nada there too.
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on Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:35 pm, edited 1 time in total.