I don’t actually recall each and every opening day from the past 25 years. There were almost certainly some days of deep trenching, but many more and most in recent years were spent ducking ropes and poking around in marginal conditions. So to have the entire mountain open on day one, with a confidence inspiring solid base covering every rock, is an incredible start to the season. Kudos to Red Mountain and their summer grooming program, as apart from some recent windfall much of the terrain is as brush free as it’s ever been, and Grey feels like an entirely new mountain with fields of easy angled powder to explore rather than a mine-field of slash piles. Waking to 27cm of new snow on Sunday morning capped it off. Apologies if I’m gushing, but charging my favourite lines on Granite in backcountry like conditions really is as good as it gets.