Another Day in Powadise
Citizens of Mountain Time: Cat driver Kevin Irons takes skiers to magical powder stashes
To-go pizza slices add a delicious perfume to the cab of Kevin Irons’ ski cat.
“They only bring me lunch on powder days,” he says with a laugh. “Everyone tries to butter you, you know.”
A series of strong storms have left Powder Mountain with several feet of its namesake, and today is the first day that Lightning Ridge has opened since the heavy snowfall.
There is so much snow that ski patrol had to literally dig out a snowbank so it wouldn’t obstruct a nearby lift’s operation. Needless to say, the stoke is high, and the excitement is electrified on Lightning Ridge, an expansive mountain landscape home to little-tracked sidecountry skiing and riding.
Skiers and riders pile into Irons’ bright yellow 15-person powdercat. A guttural hum breaks through the giddy chatter. Their ticket-to-ride gets them to the top of the ridge for access to indelible powder turns; Irons benefits with a delicious, gifted lunch.
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