Blue bird on the Tram at Big Sky
Yesterday was one of those classic Big Sky ski days. The clouds lifted in the morning to leave us with a beautiful bluebird day and more wind buff overnight.
We spent the morning honing our skills, focusing on tip pressure and edging so that when we got on the Tram to the top of Lone Peak after an early lunch to dodge the crowds, we were all ready to rip some turns on the steep chutes on the south summit.
The Tram at Big Sky is unique among North American ski lifts. With it's base station on an alpine glacier and it's summit house perched on the airy summit of lone peak, overlooking the notorious Big Couloir, it delivers a heavy dose of respect for the extreme terrain it services. Groups of 15 people are whisked up to the summit on a short ride where it feels like you are flying straight into a wall of rock and snow as the peak approaches.
Once on top, we skied down Lenin, a wide chute that cuts a beautiful line down the side of the peak for at least 1000 vert. Big turns through creamy wind buff and corn kept everyone smiling and wanting more. It was so good we just had to lap it all afternoon.
After some tasty runs off the summit, we headed back over to the steeps on Challenger lift and got a few more great runs in to finish the day before heading to the bar for a video review session. Everyone in the clinic made big progress and that was made clear in the video.
Today should be another great day as we've got 6 - 10" in the forecast. Check back tomorrow to see how it goes.