Monday, November 28, 2011
I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! While not all of our children were here, two of Lili's daughters and two of my kids plus three grandkids were with us for the holiday. I was nervous about opening day, not really knowing what the conditions were going to be like and understanding that we would only be skiing and riding on Upper Jester, Allyn's Traverse and Downspout. I exercised owner's priviledge and cut the line with Lili and my son, Win, then took the first chair up. Dry powder greeted us. We had a really fun run down to Heaven's Gate and got the heart pumping and the quads burning a bit.
No matter how you prepare for the season, the muscles are never truly ready until you get some mileage on the slopes. The ride up Heaven's Gate was pleasant, with temperatures in the 40's, and the trees were white with the twelve inches of beautiful new snow that had recently fallen. Jester was equally pleasant but, despite a father's warning, Win took one of the corners too fast for the first day and put the tip of his pole into his lip. He was patrol's first patient of the season, and they quickly patched him up so that he could join us for a few more runs.
Later that morning, my daughter and son-in-law came out with my six-year-old grandaughter and eight-year-old grandson. Both have learned to ski and have taken lessons from MA, Marijke, Patee, and others over the past few seasons. I knew that my grandson would have no trouble with the moguls. My granddaughter had only skied groomers off of Gate House so it was great to see her slowly navigate the bumps for the first time. After that confidence builder on Downspout, she ripped down Jester and was treated to a hot chocolate at Allyn's Lodge.
Timbers was hopping Thanksgiving Day as more than 200 guests enjoyed the feast there. Employees who worked that day enjoyed a turkey dinner in the Gate House Lodge.
Unfortunately, the weather was great for hiking, biking, and spring skiing but not for snowmaking. We will remain open if the bottom of Downspout can be safely navigated. And we are forecasting that temperatures will allow for the resumption of snowmaking on Wednesday.
Our 2011/12 season has begun and we are thankful for that. See you on the slopes soon.
Patrol just determined that too must snow is gone on Downspout so we will not be open on Monday. We will open as soon as we can get more snow there. Stayed tuned. The forecast is calling for colder weather.