I have been skiing for a few decades. Okay a lot of decades. I thought I would write down a few hints for skiing early season with extremely limited number of trails open:
- Expect extremely crowded trails. Forget the long lift lines. The real problem is skiing real close bumper to bumper to each other.
- Black diamond trails maybe less crowded then that single blue intermediate trail off the top of the mountain. For example I was skiing mostly blacks on Saturday which was not that crowded on the trails. On Sunday I skied with my friend on the one intermediate blue trail off the top. I thought I was going to die it was so crowded.
- First or second day out people get tired in the afternoon and the snow conditions get fast (ICE) due to over use. People are tired, can't hold an edge or complete their turns. In the afternoon many skiers are going fast and yes out of control
- If you find the trail conditions too crowded, your tired, and people skiing out of control in the afternoon, then for safety reasons quit early.