So just a quick comment about timing - Friday was pretty much a half-day at work, it being the day after New Years and all, so I decided to go up skiing for a couple of hours before heading into the office.

Flat light, occasional snow flurries and basically a week without new snow made for some meh conditions, but still, time on the slopes beats time in the office.
Saturday - BAM!  8-10" of fresh, super light powder, blue skies...and I'm at home watching my daughter.  I was able to put her in the backpack, grab the dog, and go out for a quick snowshoe (with my new shoes that I got for Christmas), but it just wasn't the same.