The PSIA National Academy for 2008 ended last night and it seems that almost everyone left. I’ve got my own room at the Cliff lodge for around $100/night for the next few days. If I’m going to be out here till Thursday, it only makes sense to stretch it till Sunday rather than rush back to get to work for one day right?
Turns out is was a GREAT call to stay out in Snowbird! During the whole PSIA Academy it snowed about 2 inches. Last night is snowed all night and then it snowed all day. Everyone from the PSIA Academy was driving back down the mountain in a snow storm. How depressing huh?
Since I didn’t have the comped breakfast available at the Aerie at the Cliff and had no moring clinic to go to I took the liberty of sleeping in a little bit. Snow, snow and more snow! Fresh Utah powder! The best snow in the world, tons of it.
Unfortunately along with the snow came no visibility for most of the day and it was a little chilly as it tend to be when it snows. Snowbird has some steep stuff, cliffs and other trecherous terrain so I had to be kinda careful with so much snow and so little visibility.
I headed over to Mineral Basin and tried to find my way down. It was really slow going and I was never really sure what was ahead of me and could hardly see 10 feet in front of my most of the time. What’s a solo guy to do in ski conditions like that in an mostly unfamiliar ski mountain? Follow the bodies, preferably 2 bodies at a time. Figure one person might be lost like me but if there are two together then they probably know where they are going.
It was a blizzard and near whiteout conditions virtually all day but the snow was excellent.
It seemd like Snowbird was the only resort still open out there and even Snowbird was only partialy open. Lots of the lifts were closed and the lodges were pretty empty. I was able to get a PSIA discount on the lift ticket for the day – Thanks Sowbird & PSIA!
There was a taco happy hour special at the El Chanate Cantina Bar in the Cliff lodge so I went there and got 10 tacos. They were small but good and there were a few other PSIA Academy stragglers there as well. Combined with a Poylgamy Porter it was a great way to finish up the day. It was a mellow night after that, grabbed some Ramen noodles at the shop in the Cliff along with a six pack of Polygamy Porter and watched the tube and went to sleep.psia national academy snowbird powder snowbird ski vacation snowbird skiing snowbird spring skiingpsia national academy snowbird powder snowbird ski vacation snowbird skiing snowbird spring skiing