Arrived to fresh snow on the summit this morning and surprisingly fresh tracks were to be had though be it very short runs as the only area open was the Ptarmigan bowl.
The snow was fast first thing with a few mm of fresh on top of crunchy spring snow. This quickly softened and with heavy snow showers passing through much of the day things got decidedly sticky.
The runs to middle were closed as the winch cats were being used to knock in fence posts on the lady. One cat at the top as an anchor and the other tethered to its winch while on the steep sections banging in the posts. Looking at the snow on the Lady it does appear still to be complete so it will be interesting to see if they allow mid station stops once they have completed the post planting.
With no access to the funicular other than from the bottom it was running a 20 minute schedule and at its summer speed.
With only the Ptarmigan Bowl open it was time to be creative finding different ways to amuse ourselves. The park is holding up well with the big kicker, rails and ¼ pipe still in good condition. With no one around, I counted 8 ½ skiers (½ = small person), I had a few goes. Fast in the morning then much slower as the snow became stickier. There is still a large patch of snow on the east of the Ptarmigan, it gave some variety.
If they do not open the middle runs tomorrow there is not much going for intermediate and above skiers unless you wish to use the park. There is ample areas for low intermediate and beginners to have fun in the Ptarmigan Bowl.
If you do not mind a bit of a walk out the Ciste is still skiable to the west wall poma level if you are careful of the burn breaking through. The best walk out is across the Aonach or over yonder and down the Day Lodge run.
Fresh tracks to be had this morning.
Ptarmigan Traverse, fresh snow, fast in the morning slow in the afternoon.
Still plenty of beginner and intermediate skiing available in the Ptarmigan Bowl.
The park has been prepared and good fun.
Looking down on the park before my run on the main kicker.
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 16.24hrs Wed 25 Apr 18 by WindyMiller.
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