Ice and Snowboarders PlentifulPosted: November 11, 2008
Back at the Lake for my second day of skiing this year, and things have changed quite a bit since opening day. Most notably, the warm temperatures that had softened the opening day snow nicely have cooled enough to refreeze it, and combined with the steady traffic over the long weekend has resulted in many icy spots, and has made evading other people at high speeds a bit of a nerve-rattling affair. There were also more people here today than Saturday, and by the end of the day ol’ Wiwaxy was looking more beaten than a rented mule.
As usual at this time of year, snowboarders outnumber skiers by at least 5 to 1, and probably more. As the destination crowd begins to arrive closer to Christmas, things will even out, and then skiers will become the majority, although not by much. For now, with so many boarders crammed onto one run, it helps to have eyes in the back and sides of one’s head since so many of them seem intent on jibbing, hitting, grinding, etc, anything they can get their boards on, and come flying from all directions. I’m a skier, in case you haven’t noticed, but have nothing against boarders, and observe their antics with a sense of detached amusement as I make my way quickly down the run, all the while hoping I survive to make another lap. Of course everyone hopes more terrain and runs will become available, not only for the obvious reasons of variety and greater challenge, but it also has the wonderful effect of spreading people out over the mountain, and we can resume being in complete control of our own mortality, however temporary that may be.
I’ll likely be back tomorrow (kids back in school=less crowded slope), but I may defer the decision until morning since we may get some snow over the next 24 hours or so, which may breathe some more life into Wiwaxy.
See you on the slope!