The excitement began building yesterday afternoon with huge snow flakes falling from the Utah skies. The chatter on the lifts at Deer Valley was that we were in for a deep day on Friday. The snow continued into the night with some of the fattest snow flakes I have ever witnessed. Deep was an understatement.
I spent all morning with my friend Jordan taking laps in the runs serviced by the Empire lift. I was lucky enough to be one of the first skiers into the Daly Bowl; I was not disappointed. It was so deep that I found myself wishing that I had brought along my snorkel gear as breathing became hard with each subsequent face shot. In all my years of skiing in Utah, I don’t believe I have ever skied such light snow this deep. The snow had the consistence of extremely light powdered sugar. With 16” of new snow reported overnight I often found myself waist deep in snow. That’s what happens when Deer Valley gets pummeled with 28” in the last 72 hours.
After a great Spicy Chicken Thai sandwich and chocolate chip cookie at the Empire Lodge, Jordan and I headed back into the snow. One of the many great things about skiing today was the lack of crowds and a light, near-continuous snowfall. We headed back into the bowls and enjoyed fresh tracks all day long. How’s that for a ski day?
With the Visa International World Cup events tonight the good times will continue to roll.