The most important part of Spring skiing at Heavenly is also the most natural: Follow the sun! Steal back that hour of sleep from Daylight Savings time and sleep in…let the snow soften up while you have some breakfast (Red Hut Café, anyone?). Then hit some warm up groomers on the Nevada side.
The topmost surface will be butter soft, but the snow beneath will hold the grip of your skis so perfectly that you can’t help but exclaim “HOOTIE-HOO!” in concert with your fellow posse members. On Comet Express, listen to the sounds below on the bumps of Little Dipper: If you’re hearing hard scrapes and scratches, hold off. If you’re hearing the soft swish of sugary snow, then it’s a go.
When high-noon comes around you should be entering the heaven that is corn-skiing. This magical “corn” snow effect happens as the result of a continuous melt-freeze cycle, when sun-warmed snow crystals melt together with their neighbors and freeze together at night, only to be softened up again the next day for your skiing and riding pleasure.
If you want to venture into the trees, now is the time, when the sunshine and rising temperatures have had a chance to work into all the pockets and shady areas.
As the sun moves over the California side, so should you, with a sunscreen reapplication and legs prepared for the next snow phenomenon of your day: mashed potatoes. By now the slopes have soaked in enough sunshine for the snow to move about agreeably with your every move.
No need to push it with aggressive, hard-carving turns. On mashed potatoes, even the most conservative technique will make you feel like the most radical rider on the mountain. And now that your ego has been successfully boosted by sunshine and soft snow, take it to Unbuckle at Tamarack and prove your moves on the dance floor… It’s as easy as corn and mashed potato pie!