Hand Warmers…Anyone?

It’s not like we haven’t had a few sunny, warm days to remind us that spring is truly upon us but in the last few weeks it has felt more like January than April. Not that I am complaining, I mean who wouldn’t want to ski fresh powder on a daily basis well into the spring thaw? Over the past few days, Solitude has received over 30 inches of snow…30 INCHES OF SNOW!!! There is so much snow up in the canyons that we could be skiing well into June, that is, if you would rather be skiing than swimming at the pool.

That's ALOT of snow for April!

Either way, with the 17th quickly approaching and another storm on the horizon, an extra week or two or three would be nice. The funny thing is this, I don’t want to keep skiing because the conditions are phenomenal…I want a few days of warm sunshine. I want to kick back at The Roundhouse and catch some rays. I want to wear my “skinny girl” stuff and not look like the Pillsbury Dough boy every time I don my ski gear. I want to bump tunes as I bounce through the crud and sticky slush. As much as I lust for winter powder, it would be fantastic to have a few extra weeks to carve it up with nothing but a sweatshirt and spring gloves. Don’t you think? I mean, spring gloves…what the heck are those? I wouldn’t know, I am still sporting my heavy winter mittens stuffed with hand warmers.

Noah chilling in the village...Brrrr....

I know, I know, there aren’t enough employees to keep the doors open and people are thinking about boating, hiking and biking and definitely not wishing for more snow but, I just can’t help myself…it’s what I dream about. I guess, in my enthusiasm for the white stuff I should be darn grateful that I don’t live in a flood zone. Some of the folks around here are getting a little nervous with the continuing flakes and deepening drifts.

Noah catching a little air...PHOTO BY: Jason West

Jason West catching some good air!

It sure has been an epic snow year though and it is times like this when I openly wonder what the whole global warning crisis is really about? I mean from West Coast to East Coast, this winter has been HUGE! Crystal Mountain, WA (my home mountain) is expecting to stay open until June 1st with 60 FEET of snow atop their passes. I might be crying about Solitude’s looming closing date but, rest assured our snow is every bit as deep and so much better than said resort’s snowpack. Thank goodness for Utah flakes and an always predictable snow fall. I guess, the silver lining here is that we have had an amazing year with plenty of uber light face shots to keep us going until next winter’s frost. I suppose I should just should wish for a gradual warm up before the heat really kicks in and torments the valley. I guess it’s time to start thinking about getting my bike tuned up instead of my skis.

6 days and counting so get up to Solitude, rip it up and don’t forget your hand warmers!

Mountain Goats in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Big Cottonwood Canyon...Isn't she gorgeous!

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