Thursday, February 6, 2014
West Mountain: 02/05/2014
I’m not one of the lucky people who took Wednesday off from work to ski winter storm Nika, but one of the advantages of having a local ski hill is the ability to get in some runs whenever you can, without committing the entire day. So when the storm over-delivered on its promise for powder, I left the office a half hour early, grabbed the kids at home and headed up to West Mountain for a couple hours.
Forecasters had been predicting the storm would wind down by late afternoon, but it snowed hard the entire time we skied, adding a couple more inches to the 10 or so that were already on the ground. Skiers had been tracking up West’s trails all day, so untracked powder was nowhere to be found. Instead, the kids and I skied soft, skied-up powder on the lighted trails off the summit double chair and northwest triple. Eventually we connected with my usual Wednesday night telemark group for a few runs.
The icing on the cake is that the 3 of us skied for just $15. I’ve got a mid-week pass, so I’m free, Sylvie skis for free (6 and under), and Daniel skis on a $15 midweek junior ticket. You can’t beat that for value.
Storms like these – a foot of dry powder snow perfect for skiing – are a rare treat. As eastern skiers know, when it snows, take advantage of it even if it’s just for a few hours.