First Chair on the front and 3rd on the back for opening day at Hyaks backside. Snow was pretty firm at first, eventually softening up and even getting grabby by 1. Overcast and then it started snowing, silvering the firs nicely in HV with mixed slop at the bottom. Pole push test was a surprising 20 inches. Top crust, 4 of mank, 1 of crust, 6-8 of mank, 2 of crust, and then down to the bottom means that off piste waschallenging. Tried Silver Fir for a couple, then back to finish off in HV again. Really liking the looks of things back in the valley. Trees will be super nice on a good snow day. Done in after 24 runs of fun in five hours. Met up with Chad and his buddy for the final zip down Creek.
I caught "New Fir" just before 9:00 a.m., skied the crossover and was standing around at the top of "Old Fir" (East Peak) when the patrol dropped the ropes for HV. I thought it was kind of fun a great big Chinese Downhill for 700' vert & a fixed-grip double.
We chatted with Dan B. at the top after a few runs. He looked like a happy man-- like the father of a new-born-- and we offered thanks and congratulations on his healthy new baby. Everyone was smiling.
The corduroy was quite firm and off-piste was sketchy, but hey, it was HIDDEN VALLEY for gosh sakes. I quit about the time it got really damp, but I could see how the snow surface might have improved for it.