Thursday, May 2, was a rare one in Colorado ski country. Loveland Ski Area, on the east side of the Continental Divide, reported 17 inches in 24 hours. Arapahoe Basin, on the west side of the Divide just a few miles from Loveland, reported seven. The disparity was much smaller than the reports, however. A couple of friends and I spent the morning at Loveland then zipped over to A-Basin in time for the first opening in two days of the upper East Wall – some of the best steep terrain in North America. This unidentified skier got first tracks down Willie’s Wide in a fresh foot of light, dry powder.