First, some helmet cam footage of Tahawus Glades on Saturday:
Tahawus Glades on Saturday, 1/16/10 from Matt Charles on Vimeo.
Then, some helmet cam footage of Rumor when they dropped the rope on Sunday (very cool morning to ski, sunny at the top with clouds in the valleys, you can sort of see it in the video):
Rumor on Sunday 1/17/10 from Matt Charles on Vimeo.
Then, the batteries on my helmet cam were running out (rechargables don't last as long as the lithiums), so I put it into photo mode (where it takes a photo every 2 or 3 seconds), and ripped down some off-the-map glades. Here's a selection of pics:
As for the report, Monday was the best day. There are a couple of droplets on the lens there because it was misting for a while, but the 4-5 inches of snow on the mountain felt real good after the snow drought we've been going through. Just to feel the soft snow under your feet (even on the trails) was a great feeling. I skied tele on Saturday and Sunday (as you may have noticed in the videos), and alpine on Monday (although I kind of wish I brought my fat tele boards out). I skied trees all weekend, always had people to ski with, and I had a blast. There were a lot of people on the mountain on Saturday (and, to a lesser extent, Sunday), but by skiing the trees, we were able to leave the crowds behind and get into our own little world. It really is amazing how quiet it can get in an area that is only a short hike away. The fireworks on Saturday were great too, but I didn't stay at the bar long enough to get into the shenanigans that other people got into. Maybe that's a good thing.