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So yeah, I was there. Sonya had asked me to take a personal day for her 8th birthday and take her skiing.
What a day. It started with only Sterling running. After a quick warm up on Harvey's(first tracks on the lower half), Sonya chose to challenge herself on Exhibition, where I found tons of untracked on the edges. Doing fine on that, she did both Hangman's Drop and Poacher's Woods for the first time, with Poacher's being surprisingly untracked
We headed to M2 which had just started running, and were among the first 5 tracks down both Moonshiner's and Norwegian(new to Sonya), then headed to Bermuda for plenty more fresh.
Then we caught tenth chair up M1. I never thought I'd say this, but Chilcoot was the run of the day. Yes, you read right, Chilcoot was run of the day!!! Aside from a snowcat's width down the middle, it had not been touched. Both sides of the trail were completely untracked, and Sonya could be heard giggling and laughing the whole way down, while skiing the easy trail with great confidence. I was loving it to, as I had never experienced Chilcoot as a powder run in 15 years of skiing Smuggs. From here we went over to the Shire, where once again we were among the first half-dozen set of tracks, and Sonya declared it the best birthday ever!
A second ride up M1, and we took Drifter to Shuttle, for a new black diamond experience for Sonya. If you know the trail, you know it is a mix of flats and steeper pitches, with one particular pitch being steeper and longer than the others. Sonya skied the first third of this pitch fine, then suddenly stopped. She started side slipping down the edge of the pitch. I reminded her to get both hands down the hill and make a turn, but she said she just wanted to side slip. I realized she was tired and let her be. For a couple of minutes she carefully but confidently sideslipped. A bit later, at a soft patch, she made a turn, and suddenly made a series of well linked turns down the rest of the pitch. I caught up to her at the bottom where she was standing looking back up at the steep trail she jus descended. "Wow, I just skied that?" she asked.
"Quite well," I replied. "Now, let's call it a day and go to the pool."