The skiing continues to be pretty superb up at Snowbird. The bare spots are few and very far between. All the major cat-tracks still have plenty of snow (even those on the lower mountain). The biggest problem this weekend is the heat--and it's not even as hot as it usually is here this time of the year. The heat turned the snow into water-laden sticky mashed potatoes by about noon today on the lower mountain.
For the first time in literally six months, I skied with Steve. It was great to ski with him again.
We ventured over to Mineral Basin in the morning. Our two runs there were OK, but nothing special. The sun had already mostly ruined the snow. I even fell badly one time simply trying to traverse from a less-occupied area to the main Powder Paradise run. I was going along just fine, but then the snow just collapsed underneath one of my skis, got stuck, and threw my face down in the snow. It was not pretty!
The snow on Mark Malu Fork off the Road to Provo was much better, and I thoroughly enjoyed that run. We repeated that run, and then skied down to the base via Bassackwards and Harper's Ferry.
The snow on Bassackwards, which was empty because the lower mountain was mostly closed, was like butter. I laid down some perfectly carved turns in the effortless snow. The sensation of skiing that buttery--albeit slightly sticky--spring snow was awesome.
After a quick lunch, we skied a run down Peruvian Gulch. The snow conditions there were getting pretty bad. For our last run, we skied Regulator to Lunch Run to Big Emma. I ripped that last stretch down Big Emma pretty well, but when I was slowing down on one of the cat-tracks near the base my ski caught and I fell again! It was embarassing, but it happens.
I'm not sure if I'm going to ski another day in June. It is ridiculous that Snowbird is still charging $64 for a day of skiing. The conditions and the coverage will only get worse, so I'm not sure that it will be worth that amount of money for a half-dozen runs, at most. I will, however, ski in July there, if I can, and August, and September. I need a September ski day to have skied at least one day in every calendar month. I hope this will be the year that I get that September ski day!