Part II: Loon
Being a prior passholder at Loon, I know the mountain well. Probably a bit too well -- there isn't many turns/features that I'm not familiar with. Not this year-- Couple new trails on south mountain to check out!
Twitcher and Jobber, while at the top they are the same trail, they split about halfway down the mtn. They also held some of the best snow of the day on Sunday. These trails share some similarities to Ripsaw and Cruiser, and if you like those, you'll probably love these new trails. They had some twists and turns, although wide, it added some character to a mountain in need of it. Crowds also seemed to be non-existant -- Pats/Giants effect? I was at Loon. I thought at least the morning would be busy -- ski-on almost all day.
As usual, we started the day off on the Kanc quad, and we hit one of my old favorites -- Blue Ox. A nice winding warmup run. Then off to North Peak quad to find other favorites. Walking Boss, Flying Fox. Lower boss held some nice snow, and I spotted the entrance to the boss woods -- maybe i'll check them out next time. We ended our Flying fox run heading down 7 brothers to check on the freestyle competition my bud was hosting, couldn't find him and moved on to the Gondola.
Singles line, 3 people deep, was on the gondola in a flash. From the top, we went down to South Peak chair and hopped over to South. Checked out Twitcher and Jobber, threw Ripsaw of course in there, which was steep, icy, and fast on top. Also did a run on Cruiser -- I still have dejavu of great powder memories on that trail long before the lift made it easier to get over to south.... The side of cruiser had some small waterbar jumps that at least made the groomer a bit interesting/fun to play around on.... skipped Boom run, I don't like the bottom runnout, yawn. Back over to the main mt.
Headed down Speakeasy to Rumrunner -- good runs. Up the Kanc and over to check out the other side of the freestyle competition... We stopped by the new Airbag they have setup -- basically a pillow of air you can practice inverted flips/360's/whatever without fear of landing on icy hardpack... kinda cool if I was into that...
Ended the day with an Angel St, Walking Boss, and Sunset to Lower Picked rock run.... Angel was nice and steep -- groomed out, fast and firm. Walking Boss was still nice in the afternoon -- and Sunset to Lower Picked was a nice run to end the day with. It was sad to see that Loon removed a small tree island in the middle of sunset.. took away some character and also there was typically a nice little jump there to start the run off with.