I’m not sure how prevalent is the term “bluebird day”, nor do I know where it came from. But it’s a phrase well known to skiers. I do wonder if it came about after the song “Bluebird of Happiness”, which was composed in 1934. I don’t know the lyrics, but I can say with all certainty that a blue bird day on the slopes makes me happy. On bluebird days I will even chuckle excitedly to myself as I ski down the mountain.
Bluebird days just make a skier smile... or they should! They are defined as days with a solid blue cloudless sky, made all the more remarkable by the contrast against a snowy landscape. Polarized sunglasses help, too. (Note that a polarizer was not used in the image below.)
For many people, the above definition is complete. But in my opinion, a bluebird day needs something more. I am sure many western skiers would agree that a blue bird day in its highest form requires there to be a fresh thick coat of overnight powder. Of course, here in New England we need to make some adjustments for our lighter snowfalls and the fact that so many ski areas these days have all-night crews rolling (i.e. packing) the snow. Seen below, there’s about six inches of new natural snow, some of which has been rolled and some of which has not. Regardless, I was happy and smiling and chuckling all day!
Panasonic DMC-TS3 waterproof, shockproof, dustproof P&S camera
4.9mm focal length (28mm fffl)