Pats Peak always closes for the season on Easter. Even when they are still 100%. On one hand its disappointing as a seasons pass holder that loves spring skiing, but on the other hand it makes for some pretty sweet local earned turns. Yesterday after work I skinned up on Alpine Touring gear. The snow was perfect peel-away corn. Peel-away is firm packed corn that is soft for the top inch or so. The corn on top becomes discolored from melt water and dirt in the air, when you make your turns it peels away the top layer revealing the bright white snow underneath, short swing turns look pretty in peel-away.
Air temps were in the 60’s yesterday so I skinned up in shorts and t-shirt.
Crossing a crevasse
I had the summit all to myself
The ride down was plush. However I learned that twin tip skis and shorts do not mix well, because the rear tip is constantly throwing snow up on your legs when you swing your turns.
I was able to ski top to bottom with full coverage down Twister, and Turbulence Park. I was even able to get a little air off one of the kickers in the park, but I was pretty conservative since I didn’t have my helmet, and I had a lot of bare skin showing. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back up here again before it all melts.