We made it out of Dodge Friday evening and managed to catch all 3 of our flights, though the 2nd two required an inter-terminal aerobic interlude to get to the gate as they were boarding. It was nice to get some exercise after sitting for so long in the plane, though the stress I could live without. It all went well and we got to SLC by 11pm. Sadly Pam's duffel did not make it out of Minneapolis and she was without ski boots. This is why I carry mine in my carry-on backpack, along with a pair of ski pants, base layers, socks, gloves, underwear and a pair of goggles. I think that these days there's a 25% chance that your bag isn't going to arrive when you do. Having my boots is the most important thing. The airline will pay for ski rentals, though I'd hate to wear an unknown pair of boots, especially skiing the deep snow we skied today. I highly recommend carrying your boots in your carry-on. The experience was actually fortuitous because it forced Pam into renting skis (Dynastar Legend) that were way better than what she has and the boots were not too bad either. She had a super day and felt much more confident and sure-footed than she does on her 5 yr old Ten-Eighties which seem so skinny by today's standards.
Day 1 of 7
Beautiful bluebird powder day at Alta. Temps hovered around 20 keeping the snow light and dry even with the sun. The sun gave the illusion of warmth and kept our spirits high.
Tele-Jon picked us up and we met up with Skidog, Bob Dangerous and Pat at the GMD.
I can't remember where we went the first run. Ballroom was not yet open, but we went over towards Sugarloaf and the snow was so fluffy and deep. The second run we went back to see if Ballroom was open, and indeed it was. For me it was the best run of the day, in thigh deep fluff, plenty of fresh turns where I dropped in just beyond the cliffs. It was so sweet. The second best run of the day was just before lunch we skied west of Westward Ho and down to the road. The snow in there was also very fluffy and thigh deep and there were many fresh untracked lines to be had. It was so amazing to ski such beautiful snow. It was certainly the Greatest Snow on Earth. Simply fabulous.
It is always a pleasure skiing with the local transplants. They know the mountain quite well and are excellent hosts, showing us plenty of the good stuff. We tried to take it easy today, being our first day, but we still skied until 3:30. Sadly two of our pals were missing. Marc_C and Admin. We missed you!
We regrouped for dinner at the Red Iguana to celebrate Admin's recent birthday. Tirolpeter, his lovely wife Susan, and Marc_C's jovial wife Karen also joined us. Skidog blew us off without warning and Jon had an emergency house repair. Sadly Admin had been ill and was just getting reacclimated to eating solid food and Marc_C was suffering from an evil cold and were absent from the feast. Mexican was definitely not a good choice for the ill, but we went out anyway to celebrate Admin's birthday, since it was he who had brought all of us together. We toasted Admin with our most delicious margaritas and had one of the best Mexican dinners I have ever had. Even the Margarita's were better than I had ever had before. The place is truly special and they were cranking out excellent meals all night. There were still people waiting when we left at 8:30.
I am zonked and need to rejuvenate for the upcoming snowstorm which is to start some time tomorrow and into Monday. If all goes well, maybe Admin will make an appearance. Marc_C take some cold medicine and get out of the house.
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