Ski blog: Friday face shots at Vail |

Ski blog: Friday face shots at Vail

Dropping into a steep run off Chair 11, I floated through deep powder between a couple of islands of trees.

Happy skiers passed by when I stopped to rest.

“Holy @*#% there’s a lot of snow,” one woman said as she skied past me.

Vail reported 10 inches of snow, and that was no exaggeration. It was 10 inches of light powder, definitely above the boot. None of it had gotten skied off the day before.

Yes, there were face shots. And I could easily brush my knee against the snow in my telemark turns.

Everyone headed for Northwoods at the start of the day, and lots of skiers were streaming down the runs by the time I was headed up the lift after my first run. The powder was already pretty chopped up.

For one last day, Vail only has about 1,000 acres open. “Only” is a term you can use when there’s still another 4,200 acres left.

That will change tomorrow when Vail will open Blue Sky Basin and portions of China, Sun Down and Sun Up bowls.

When I got to the top of Chair 11, Chair 5 was running, and the liftie was preparing the ramp. It looked like skiers would get an early taste of Sun Up and Sun Down bowls.

I headed over to Chair 3, then Chair 2. The skiing was great, even if it was choppy already on the runs.

The whole time, it kept snowing. It’s still snowing now, at noon. Forecasts call for as much as 3 feet of snow by the time the weekend is over.

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