Conditions were firm today. A drizzle on the mountain yesterday and fog in the evening followed by cold overnight temperatures resulted in widespread frozen chunder anywhere off piste. However, Tower 16 saw enough sun to soften up and was actually pretty good in the afternoon.
Today felt like deja vu from last January when we had a wet storm followed by weeks of cold frozen ground and blue skies. The low angle of the midwinter sun keeps most of the mountain in the shade for long periods of the day. There were several terrain closures today due to frozen chunder. Anything skiers’ right of Siberia all the way around through C II to KT-22 remained frozen and closed today.
The resort is spinning more lifts including Headwall, Emigrant, and Granite Chief. They aren’t open yet but if the daytime temps are high enough, and the snow becomes soft enough, we could see a lot more terrain open up with some good spring-like conditions. By the end of the day today Tower 16 was soft and fun. Plenty of obstacles scattered about but not many are hidden. If you can see the snow you can ski the snow without much concern of hitting sneaker rocks below. Sun Bowl and areas in Granite could be fun provided it doesn’t s stay too cold.
No new snow in the forecast yet but if we’re lucky and temps cooperate, the snow might not be half bad in the right spots over the next week.
Night skiing is open this weekend. Tonight and Saturday night until 8:00. Should be fast. You might even be able to beat the elevator with the ice. Hope it warms up tomorrow.