So we’ve been here about ten days so far, and are in the thick of the Sundance Film Festival. I spend about 90% of my time skiing and 10% film-going. Mary is 100% films. PCMR got about a foot of snow a few days before we got here and so I got busy skiing as soon as possible. However, the weather settled and a temperature inversion set in which drove temps on the mountain into the 40s. Over the last week the snow has steadily withdrawn from the slopes. It has gone from powder, to hardpack, to manmade and now to rocks and dirt anywhere other than the few groomed runs where they make snow. As I write this, we have had rain today and the temps have remained above freezing. Needless to say, the snow SUCKS right now!
This is a fun mountain to ski, especially during the film festival when the hotels are filled with Hollywood-types who generally don’t ski. It doesn’t quite have the terrain of Snowbird or Alta, but is plenty challenging for me. It has a lot of terrain that is just past the intermediate range, perfect for trying to push yourself to the next level. There was a lot of mining activity on this mountain in the 19th and early 20th century. The many abandoned old mining structures provide a nice visual change of pace.
I had hoped to improve my skiing considerably while here, but so far its been pretty much a washout due to lack of the slippery white stuff. Snow due in the next few days, so let’s keep fingers crossed.