|Golden snow showers, facing east, late afternoon at Loon Mountain.|
|Summit of Loon Mountain (11/19/13)|
I showed up just after the lifts opened, to an extremely empty parking lot. There had to have been a total of 12 cars there including me (and I think at peak hours there were maybe 50 people on the mountain total). It was odd being at such a popular resort, and having it feel completely empty. I wearily geared up in the very empty lodge, with a handful of other die hard skiers and snowboarders, eager to work on my form and hit the park early season, so I would look better on opening day when I would be training with fellow instructors at my home mountain. It is amazing what 6+ months off and occasionally skiing on a dry slope in your backyard will do to your fine motor skills (hint: it's nothing good). The conditions were textbook early season. It started out cold and super hard, with most of the trails having some pretty big bare spots. The snowguns were roaring all day long, which, although made it a little more miserable in spots, managed to cover up the bare spots by the end of the day on most of the trails. Not only that but one of the trails (which no one seemed to realize was open) was downright nice by the end of the day. I was really enjoying getting a nice (man-made) powdery surface to cut some terms.
|You don't say? I had no idea.|