Sunday the 6th at Mary Jane. Snow conditions were... not great... especially considering I'd skied Wolf Creek on Wednesday in soft powder.
Snow was firm (softened, re-frozen), and scraped into slick, treacherous white linoleum in high-traffic areas. Even the reliable shaded trees off Panoramic lift were filled with white Styrofoam, which threatened to snag my skis and send me right into a tree trunk a couple of times.
If you run/hike from Devils Thumb to King Lake, you pass along the high ridge right in the middle of this photo. A great loop:
I considered leaving and going for a beer at The Library, but I sucked it up and decided to get to work. My field of battle:
Lunch break. Chili rojo and brownie. Snow sliding off the roof in the warming afternoon, threatening to smack me on the head as I ate.
So I lapped the Pony Express chair all afternoon and practiced my lame technique on the bumps of Rainbow Cut. The boulders on the chair lift are impressive though.
I did OK. I still cannot comprehend how some of the bumps on this mountain were formed or skied. I even watch crazy-good bump skiers and it still baffles me.
Storm coming this weekend. Thank goodness, we need it.