|Tremendous snow before Showdown opens|
|Into the back country|
Things are shaping up quite nicely in the Little Belts.
There were 36 inches of snow on the ridgeline and about 30 on the slopes, with about a foot of that being fresh, wonderful powder. Big Seven and Quicksilver had been skied pretty heavily by the Ski Patrol, in training for next week's opening.
We stayed on Muley and Speculation, with Muley being the best even though the tops of the little evergreens stuck out above the snow.
It was bitterly cold on top because of the wind.
We were surprised to see quite a few other "skinny" skiers on the slopes.