Last week when the hill opened, I skied an afternoon with friends David Peacock and Mike Hopkins. We slashed some pillows, bonked some trees and David put together this tight edit of Mike filmed over the first few days. I have a little cameo too. Check it!
So, Red (Mountain) Resort finally opened this past weekend starting with just the Silverlode on Saturday, the Red Chair on Sunday, then the whole mountain on Monday after a solid dump of great base making snow. I've been shredding hard everyday with all the homies trying to get my legs back to where they should be. Check out the edit I threw together from predominantly today, and a little yesterday!
Yesterday, local PRO SKIER/BIKER Mike Hopkins and I went for a late afternoon skin up Granite with Mike's aunt's new dog who's name is either Arrow, John, Paul, Ringo, George, or 2PAC.
After a fun skin up, periodically interupted by trekker related troubles, we arrived at the top of Main Run. Because of an inversion yesterday, Main Run, which we were planning on skiing had a delightful sun crust on it from about 1600m up so we looked on over the other side of Buffalo Ridge and decided to ski Short Squaw which was protected from the sun's harsh rays. With the sun already below the mountains, I started down the first window ahead of Mike and waited below the main steep pitch at a safe spot in the trees... Half an hour passed with no Mike, no 2PAC, and no sun. I knew that it would take a bit longer for Mike to get 2PAC to come down but apparently 2PAC straight up refused to run down to Mike, coercing him to bootpack a couple hundred feet of chest deep snow back up to 2PAC. Finally, Mike called down to me, telling me to keep on shredding and that he would take 2PAC down crusty, rocky Main Run. I got to the bottom after a couple minutes of skiing blind, in the dark on track packed, death cookied, creek riddled Long Squaw. 45 minutes later when it was pitch black... headlamp laden Mike and 2PAC showed up. Casual afternoon walk.
Yesterday I went for another walk up the mountain while it was puking snow. 15-20cm accumulated throughout the day on top of 10cm of previous pow. I skied Southern Belle and it was sick! So much fun, but a bit wind affected and as you can see in the video it was a bit grabby and unpredictable. Really fun though, the mountain is starting to come alive!
Later that night I got a call from my buddy Evan to come hit a step up in the ski hill parking lot. I rolled up to see a gnarly sled tow into a vert lip before a retaining wall - gnar. It wasn't that big or scary to hit, but it was sure scary to watch other people hit it.