Thursday, February 21, 2008

2008 Ski Season: Day 7

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After two days of business travel in the greater Girdwood area, Alyeska finally opened Thursday. Conditions were amazing. The mountain got over 11 feet of snow from the storm. Nobody skied on most of it which fell over the past two days. We grabbed first chair and headed up. The snow line was fairly low on the mountain but the bottom was like an Alaskan rain forest. We got the word that the tram was running and headed to mid-mountain.

When we got there, it was freshies as far as you could see. The snow was deep. We bombed the south face in probably 4 feet of pow. Turns were really tough and the wet powder took some getting used to. Andy dropped a ski and it took him nearly twenty minutes to get back out. This was some serious skiing.

We made laps down to chair 1 which returned us nearly to mid-mountain. There were two main routes down, the steeps of south face or a gradual slope called Mambo.

Once again, Alyeska lead the country in snowfall. It was a crazy day on the mountain and a great way to wrap up the trip.

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