So I skied Platty today for my first time. Private day - rented out by employees from two sites of the company I work for.
It seemed like they must have gotten a little rain later in the day yesterday, then some additional snow overnight. THe conditions on the ungroomed trails were a couple inches of powder, over crust, over about 7 or 8 inches of powder.
Started off with a run down plunge which had just two tracks down it at 9:30. Was on my AT setup - Voile V8's - so as long as I kept speed the crust wasn't too much of an issue. And there were plenty of windblown pockets to be found.
Since there were only about 90 people signed up to ski, and most of them were on the triple, it felt like I was totally alone on half the mountain at times. I could look up the chair and down and see nobody. There were times I rode up and not a single person went down that I could see!
Anyway - after Plunge I hit Northface which turned out to be the run of the day. I think I hit it 7 times. There was more powder blown over there I guess, and there was a series of snowmaking whales that made for fun turns up and over. Even at 2:00 there was plenty of powder left.
I hit Freefall twice - it was decent but took a bit more route picking than Northface. The base obviously wasn't as deep as NF.
Also did Blockbuster twice. That had some really deep drifts - like 4 feet in a couple places...I know because I wasn't paying attention and ended up plowing into one and coming to a pretty rapid stop on my ass. When I tried to get up my pole went in to the grip. The crust and the drifts absolutely made this a challenging run. Although no doubt better than trying to ski it with frozen up bumps.
Did Plunge a couple more times - skier's left was better. The middle section was closed off so had to detour on I think Giant Slalom or something like that, but ski patrol was putting pads on the lift towers in the afternoon so probably opening that section tomorrow.
Some of the outer trails on looker's left - Twist, The Cliffs, and those others over there - had less cover and the crust seemed a bit thicker. Even riding the V8's I found myself driving from the backseat a couple times to keep the tips from diving under the crust in the variable cut up spots or the slower (flatter) areas.
I did a few runs off the triple. Skiers far right on the run under the lift was very good - lots of windblown powder. If you got too far away from that you were skiing from bare crust to powder over and over.
I never ventured into the woods. If it was crusty in there it probably wasn't much fun, and as you know AT gear ain't cheap so I was hesitant to test the base depth in the trees.
Had a beer in the lounge before taking off...forget the bartender's name but a nice talkative guy.
Great day despite the crust. Very cool place. Hoping to go skin it later this season on a closed day, and definitely go back for a powder day.