Bernie's Report - March 28, 2004

Sunshine, Soft Snow and Suds...

By 1 pm. I had finishing the chores. The weather looked too nice to pass up the opportunity for a few turns so I gathered my gear together, lathered on the sunscreen and headed out on the hill. At the base area several ski companies had their demo skis available so I picked up a pair of Head M75s for a test drive. Good day for a test drive!

I anticipated that the snow on the lower mountain would be soft and sticky by this time of day so I jumped on the Timber Express and headed for higher terrain. There was a slight breeze blowing. Enough to keep the temperature cool at the top Timber Chair and the snow, in the sun, was soft but not gooey. Where it was packed down it seemed a bit grabby but on refection I think that it was just that these demo skis were not at all like my own. . . These ones had sharp edges!

We were fortunate enough to get a bit of fresh snow on Friday. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was possible to find some areas where there was some fairly fresh, fairly light snow. Albeit, it had pretty firm bottom. The heavier traveled routes were a combination of sugar and ice and by 2:30 pm the green runs near the bottom of the mountain were quite sticky (unless you stayed in the shaded areas). In general, snow coverage is still quite good but some bare patched are developing on sun exposed slopes.

I didn�t stay on the slopes too long. Some of my friends had already staked out a spot on the deck at the Griz Inn by now (The Wood Restaurant) and I didn�t want to keep them waiting. Thanks for saving a chair for me guys� Next time I�ll bring more than 10 bucks� I promise! ;-)

Upper Lizard Bowl from Upper Easter Bowl

Looking up the White Pass Chair from the Timber Chair

Looking across Lizard Bowl

Following Steve down Easter Bowl

Soaking up the sunshine and suds!