Today a pack of journalists and I got a tour of The Canyons. We met
up with Andy Cantor, the snow reporter for the resort, and he showed us
around. I wanted to go backcountry right away, but Andy was able to
show us good snow inbounds. Off the Dreamscape lift we found soft snow
right under the lift and even better snow skiers left. There were a
couple of new inches on top of soft skied out snow. We took a few laps
off of Dreamscape and then over to Ninety-Nine 90. There we traversed
out the gate and dropped in to the tree lines just out the gate. It was
mostly skied up, but soft with a few fresh patches every few turns.
Then we had lunch at Red Pine Lodge and grabbed our backcountry packs.
We headed back over to Ninety-Nine 90 and out the backcountry gate. We
hiked up to Square Top and dropped into the trees on the right. There
were a couple tracks already there. However, there were still plenty of
untracked lines. We skied the top section one at a time and then cut
left were nobody had skied yet. That was really creamy snow. Freelance
ski writer Rob Story, who lives in Telluride, said it was his “best day
of the year so far.” After that we were tired, so we took one more run
off Saddleback Express and called it a day.