for my 2nd run I came back to Gondola, despite the queue, because the snow in some of my favorite/secret protected spots down low was very nice. I saw the ski patrol bucket coming down with a dude in it. someone in the queue said he had hurt himself on Konayuki on first run, too excited charging too hard without a warmup. maybe that's why they closed it. today was quite a nice reset of most the mountain, mostly covering up that rain layer from yesterday. with a couple of heinous ice patches about up high still tho. filled in spots were very wind effected, maybe something creamy but dry and firm like flour, softish but you dont sink much, making it ultra fast skiing requiring a lot of speed control. I did only one run up high before going back into the deep wind protected valleys. many lifts were closed until about 10-11 because they simply hadn't had time to clear all the windblown ice and snow off of them yet. the top gates were closed with ultra high avi danger. ski patrol were reporting 45cm deep easily triggered slabs coming off everywhere. they even had ski patrol manning the gates and ropes stopping people from going out or ducking. from home, I noticed by 1pm that the peak lifts had opened, I don't know what happened to the gates in that case, maybe opened eventually. blue sky morning meant the go-amateur comes out for a reasonably cool video. it was dumping at about 4pm, so I went for a night ski to make up for not skiing much. but it stopped immediately after I walked out the door. found some fresh patches when skiing with a buddy. stopped for a photo or two but seems my gopro doesn't like to focus at night.