It is quite possible that yesterday was one of the best ski days of the season. You know that it is going to be a good day when you get to the canyon road and they are advising 4×4 or chains. You also know that it is going to be a good day when you get to the mountain and you hear the avalanche guns going (I really want to see them actually shoot the guns, that would be cool). Of course there is always the question of whether or not you will actually be able to get up to the mountain, but I don’t think they ever actually closed the road today.
I kicked off the day with a little fun. Being originally from Boston I am still a Red Sox fan and I always will be. So Sunday night was opening night at Fenway Park and they kicked off the season with quite possibly the best thing you have ever seen. They had a five-year-old who had memorized and modified Herb Brooks’ “Miracle” speech to apply to the Red Sox. It is amazingly cute and pretty darn cute. Certainly inspirational and hopefully the Sox will have a good season. Below is the clip from the game:
Of course, after seeing that video I had to call my grandparents and see if they were at the game. They have season tickets and they usually go to opening day. It turns out that they hadn’t been feeling up to going that night so they weren’t there. However, they did tell me that they would be happy to take me to some games this summer or let me have tickets for a couple. I like going to the games with them, it is a lot of fun.
So, after that I headed out to the slopes and we got off to a great start of a very strange day of skiing. Down here in the valley it was just cloudy, not snowing or raining or anything. By the tame we got up to Alta we were in a storm. It wasn’t terrible in the morning so we just went for it. The skiing was great and it was snowing, which was nice. It was snowing so hard that almost every run our tracks filled in by the time we got back to the top. It only started to get strange when it became a thunder storm. Really, I can’t think of the last time that I was in a snow storm that was an electrical storm.
Just before noon all of the lifts went on lightning hold. So, we, along with everyone else, were stranded. Good news was that it was about lunch time, bad news was that’s what everyone was doing. Somehow we managed to get ourselves a table. We ended up sharing with some other people which was great. By the time we had finished lunch they had the lifts running again. So we hit the slopes for about another hour and a half before the storm struck again and the lifts hit a hold again. At this point, it just made more sense to head home rather than wait it out as it seemed to be getting bad.
I am just trying to wrap my head around the fact that it is April and it is snowing like crazy. I really do think that we have been getting the best snow of the season right now. We have even been getting dumped on in the valley! I dig it.