Saturday morning: "Wolf creek has more than 10" and more is on the way! They're expecting close to 20"! We're heading down tonight if you want to go."
Thomas doesn't give me much of a choice. Eric Thomson and Patrick Shehan fill out the car. We camp just outside South Fork on BLM land which gets us less than 15 minutes from Wolf Creek Ski Area in the morning (instead of a 4.5 hour drive the morning of).
The snow conditions are great, but when we get on the lift we can hear the ski patrol is still blasting the backside for avalanches.
We're in the first wave of skiers on the lift and our first several trips down the mountain give us great powder runs. But the backside remained closed and the frontside quickly gets cut up. We did have an advantage that Patrick lived in Durango for years and knows all the secret stashes of the mountain and took us on some great runs.
Skiing powder is magical. It feels like you're floating, and it's impossible to not have a shit-eating grin on your face the whole time. But when in-bounds powder gets chopped up, it makes for a very bouncy, unfriendly ride. Finally, just after noon we hear Alberta is running.
We rush past the newly opened gates eager to explore. The trees off of the Alberta lift give us fantastic fresh tracks every run.
|Thomas Woodson slashing through the powder off of Alberta|
|Eric Thomson hitting a burm.|
|Patrick Shehan hucking a cliff|
|White out conditions on the hike up Alberta Peak|
|At the peak|
|Eric's snow beard|