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Skied at Winter Park on January 2, 2020

Snowpack has been over 100% for most of the season so far so I was not disappointed for early January conditions.

My first day (but not Rachel’s) was the day after New Years Day and I got over to Winter Park early. The main free lot was already full by 8:30 and since it was my first day I treated myself to the paid lot so I could take the cabriolet in.

View from Cabriolet lift at Winter Park on January 2, 2020

As it was a weekday after the long winter holiday season had concluded, I had the place largely to myself. Most folks I met on lifts were vacationers from around the country and locals that were having a nice quiet weekday of skiing. I never really waited in a lift line.

It also really helped that it was snowing all day on New Year’s Day, so a lot of trees and terrain was nicely filled in. Moguls were fluffy and groomers were soft. Plus the weather was still a little cloudy and snowy on-and-off throughout the day.

Fresh tracks in Eagle Wind on January 2, 2020
Fresh tracks in Eagle Wind on January 2, 2020

I spent some time playing in Eagle Wind since it had only been open for a week or so and found plenty of fun runs. I ran out of stamina before I ran out of fresh or fun tracks over there. One of my favorite things to do is to finish by popping up over Vasqeuz Ridge and taking a big deep snowy run down to the bottom of Mary Jane and I grabbed a deep track that far around the bowl.

Bottom of Vasquez ridge after coming down from Eagle Wind territory on January 2, 2020
Bottom of Vasquez ridge after coming down from Eagle Wind territory on January 2, 2020

By 10:30 I was ready to take a well-deserved break (well, technically 10:25 so I could make it for happy hour at Lunch Rock) after riding the new Sunnyside six-chair lift. This new lift is a fantastic improvement and really helped keep the line down to nearly nothing all day.

Bloody Mary at happy hour in Lunch Rock on January 2, 2020
Bloody Mary at happy hour in Lunch Rock on January 2, 2020

Not bad for a first day. It may have been one of the best I have this entire season…

Slopes App recap from January 2, 2020
Slopes App recap from January 2, 2020

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