Pats Peak 3/21/2013

Date Skied: 3/21/2013
Resort: Pats Peak
Condition: PP

Trip Report: Dinner and a Ski

My wife, son and I decided to use up some comps and go night skiing in Spring (Ha Ha)! When we got there temps were in the mid thirties and as the sun went down it ended around thirty by the time we left. Even though this is a smaller mountain, we had fun with it just the same (only fifteen minutes from home). This was intended to be a chill night of what are short runs on slow chairs! And it was chill! Overall, we found the conditions to be fast due to the refreeze and wet PP! The snow that fell the other day was kind of heavy and with grooming probably packed down pretty tight. Best of all we practically had the whole place to ourselves – so it seemed!

Initially, we went down East Wind and Duster then headed over to the Park with our son for a few runs before eating. Our son pretty much lapped the park the whole time we were there and the Park was in great shape (generally always is there). We went in for a bite at the Sled Pub and I have to admit, their food is not bad and the atmosphere totally lodgey! After eating and a tall Harpoon, we let our son return to the Park and we planned on going down each of the more difficult trails Cyclone, Tornado, Hurricane, FIS and Twister. In the end we opted for another run down Duster and skipped Hurricane and FIS. We were running short on time and with no chair running to the true summit – you had to hike to Twister and FIS. We were not doing that twice and took Twister over to the Park to do a few laps there to capture some video of our son. Hurricane looked pretty good except for a few ice walls near the top where it first starts to drop (always scrapped off there).

There were only two chairs running the entire night – Turbulence Triple and Hurricane Triple! Over all we enjoyed the conditions, as someone mentioned in an earlier post, the easier trails were refrozen and zipped right along. The steeper terrain had good snow and carving was really nice – yet still fast. The tricky part was the random bumps that jumped out – light always seems flat at night.

Shadow on Hurricane

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Refrozen PP (Still carved well)

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On the Deck

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