This year’s snowfall has been really good. We have our average snowfall for the year, but it’s the way it came. Consistent over the weeks of Winter. 8” here, 6” there, and, of course, the 10+” days that came around. I was lucky enough to sneak in a couple of those! It’s not easy, but it’s worth the extra hour of responsibilities at the end of the day.
This past Thursday, I found myself done with work early for the day. It hasn’t snowed in awhile and the temperatures have hit the 40 degree mark a couple times. I had time on my hands so I decided to go night skiing for the first time this year.
It was a good choice. With the sun being up later in the day, there is more time with ski time with sunshine. Night skiing opens up with fresh groomed trail as well. Soft groomer corduroy that’s a little warm is what the evening opened up with. The lifts opened at 5:30 to a crowd of about 20 people.
The crowd moved pretty quick and I was at the top in about ten minutes. The sun was slowly going down, giving vibrant sunset colors to the Flattop Mountains, South Routt Valley, and town. There was few people on the slopes so I was able to open it up to a bit of speed. Being a short run, I was to the bottom quickly. At the bottom, there were only a couple people.
For the next run, it felt like I was the only one on the hill. No one was around me and I enjoyed a great second lap.
From here, dinner was done for many folks and they began to filter in. Through the evening, there wasn’t a bunch of people, but it was busy. I was able to navigate happy turns for the rest of the evening.
When the sun set, twilight gave way to the lights on the runs. Riding the lift back to the top, the half moon rose above the ridge and greeted me.
Night skiing isn’t something that I usually do. My schedule for the Winter has not made it easy to break away. At least for this month, it seems like I’m going to be able to get at least a day in each week until closing! I’m stoked. Like, ski bum stoked!