On Friday I was pleasantly surprised to have a nearly empty mountain with 3″ plus of epic wind buff. The steep areas all over the mountain are all skiing extremely well. When I got to the top of Headwall, I noticed the Palisades were primed and ready to go. Since, Siberia was broken I had to do the very rare “reverse, reverse traverse”. I got a great eye on the Chimney and decided it was all good to go. When I got to the top it was closed, so I opted for a relaxing run down Extra Chute. The snow was so good I decided I had to go up for another. On my way up I ran into fellow Squaw shredder Mike Vaughan. He informed me that patrol had given him the go ahead to open the Chimney. We were were the only ones on the whole Palisades so we took our time and planned our attack. Everything went great and it was creamy and dreamy.
Normally I wouldn’t think twice about a completely filled in Chimney sweep, but this is my first time down it on my new knee. I have backed away from this easy Squaw line at least half a dozen times this year, simply because I didn’t feel ready. But yesterday was the day and it felt so good. I felt like this was a great step in my progression back from my injury. Another note, Mike claimed this was his first time in the “Sweep”.