Skied at Winter Park on January 11, 2018

Finally! A true powder day with more than just rocks and grass beneath the fresh stuff!

This was the best day I’ve had all season (I know, it’s only my 5th) and I know this day and the days after have been the best for everyone else, too. We finally had a sustainable base, around 40 inches at Winter Park, and at least 5 inches of fresh powder on top in the past 24 hours.

Being a Thursday I was especially spoiled. I went up right after 9 AM opening and worked my way towards Mary Jane. I went for the Gandy Dancer off the path towards Mary Jane and softly, smoothly bumped my way down to Super Gauge.

Fresh snow on moguls on Gandy Dancer at Winter Park

From there and for the next two hours I just constantly skied new lines off the Sunnyside chair.

Map focused on Sunnyside chair at Mary Jane, Winter Park

The trees between Columbine and Bluebell were largely untouched.

Powder in the trees at Mary Jane

Every time I took a run I just shifted a few feet off to the right of my last run and found new soft turns through the trees all by myself. I had a blast. Sadly, Panoramic didn’t open while I was there (presumably conditions, cold and wind?).

Powder in the trees at Mary Jane

All in all I had a blast and headed back in, plenty happy and plenty tired, before the lunch rush.

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