Today a small group of us, including former World Freestyle Aerial Champion Trace Worthington, got an early start to check out the First Tracks program at The Canyons. As the sun rose, we loaded the Flight of The Canyons gondola at 7:15. My dad says the best part of the day is watching the sunrise, but I always just took his word for it. I have never skied this early, and I was surprised by how pretty it was at that hour. I also liked that we had the mountain to ourselves. It was fun cruising the freshly groomed corduroy knowing you could fly over a knoll without anyone being on the other side. The early lift privileges cost $100 which includes guides that take skiers on runs accessed by the Tombstone, Peak 5 and Saddleback lifts. First Tracks operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays. On a powder day that will get you fresh tracks for two hours before anyone else gets there, so pray for snow on Tuesday and Friday nights. The program also includes SWAG and a breakfast buffet at Red Pine Lodge at mid-mountain when you are done.
After our stomachs were full, we met up with speed flier Carson Kline. We strapped on our beacons and headed over to Hanging Snowfield. Carson made a few turns on snow before taking off and flying the rest of the way. I could see his shadow above me as I skied below. After watching him fly past me, I knew that this is something I need to start doing. Carson will be teaching me how to fly this winter. People who wish to try it out can get in touch with him at SuperflyInc.com. Check out the two videos (First Tracks above, Speed flyer below) shot by Randy Reynolds.