There’s a lot of snow out there. You can still practically shred Snow King top-to-bottom, let alone the village. With the tram opening for summer traffic in ten days, the question on a lot of people’s mind is, will there be shredding? Well, my friends, the bottom line is: yes…and it’s going to be awesome. However, like most good things, there are some stipulations.
Here’s the deal: there’s no in-bounds skiing. This is kind of a no-brainer- with road cuts that are up to 20’ deep, you can’t exactly have everybody and their mom wooping down the bowl. Also, there’s no ski patrol, because there’s no in-bounds skiing (another no-brainer). Skiers and snowboarders are required to go out the top gate to access the backcountry terrain and are thus encouraged to be prepared to deal with backcountry situations, i.e. avalanche awareness, self rescue, extended response time, etc.
Looking at the village this morning, you could probably just about ski to the bottom via Rock Springs. So it’s going to be an epic first couple of weeks. If you’re into doing some spring backcountry missions, and aren’t against a 4,000’ vertical shortcut, head out and get some. Plus the shake-a-day at Nick Wilson’s is up to $2,000- which is reason enough for the trip.