So I finally hit the mountain for the first time this season. I went up after school today to pick up the badges for everyone and there was no way I wasn't bringing my board. I got my first run in around 4:00 or so and the sun was just about going down and the lights were coming on. Temps weren't bad; it was 32 at the base when I got there and 28 when I left a couple of hours later. The mountain just received 9 inches of fresh snow over the weekend which puts them at depths of over 3 feet! For the beginners, Indian Summer was in very good shape while Sundowner needed a little more snow. For intermediates, Ralph's Run was excellent as was Challenger. For those that are more advanced, Smith Walton will give you a great view and 10th Mountain had the best snow on the mountain. For those that are hitting the Snow Park and want to know how the jumps and rails were, I have no report. I can tell you this: there were a handful of rails, a few boxes, and plenty of jumps to keep you happy. The jumps were built up pretty well but unfortunately they haven't started the half-pipe yet. Give it some time and they'll have that built up as well. If you plan on hitting the snow park, you have to pay a separate $5 fee at the main desk and watch a short video at the park (very short). Anyway, that's enough for the Cray trail report. 3 quick things:
1. Eat well. Make sure you bring a snack for the ride up (and maybe back). Something that will give you some good energy for the mountain since some of you will have eaten lunch 3 hours earlier. Bottled water isn't a bad idea either to keep yourself hydrated before and after. We're not back to school until 9:30-10:00 so everyone should plan on eating dinner by bringing something to eat or money for the food they sell at the lodge.
2. Ski with a buddy and wear a helmet. No one should be on the trails alone. Stay with a buddy or a group. Find out who is at your skill level and have fun! Wear your helmet. If a chaperon or myself find you on the mountain without a helmet, you will sit in the lodge. You don't want to be in the lodge and neither do I so protect that noggin.
3. Last thing for today: the bus driver. While a tip isn't mandatory, I think a little extra thank you goes a long way. On the way back, if everyone throws in a buck, the driver should get 20-25 dollars at the end of the night.
That's it for now, remember to throw out three of your favorite movies on the posting before this one. LESS THAN 3 DAYS!