There was the feeling in the valley this morning that today was going to be an epic pow day the likes of which we have not seen since last season. Well…. the skiing was fun but it was far from epic. The blue ice layer that the 10″ +/- of new snow was sitting on could be felt on just about every other turn. On lower mountain and KT the slick base layer, cupeled with the low snow, meant you had to ski in low gear and with caution. When someone thought they had a solid powder turn they would hit bottom and slide out which made for some very ugly skiing. The skiing on upper mountain was far better with less slipping and sliding on the firm ice. Shirley Lake and Granite were the winners with fun groomers and pockets of true powder turns.
Winds: Very high on ridge tops from the SouthWest. Top of Headwall was getting blasted!
Snow: Blower sitting on top bulletproof ice .
Visibility: In and Out.
Winner: Shirley Lake and Granite where about 90% of the skier could be found today.
Losser: KT-22 where you could feel the slick base on just about every other turn.
Forecast Looking GREAT!!!!
Elevation: 7383 ft
Tonight: Snow. Low around 19. Strong and damaging winds, with a southwest wind 35 to 40 mph increasing to between 55 and 60 mph. Winds could gust as high as 90 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.
Wednesday: Snow. High near 24. Very windy, with a west wind between 40 and 45 mph, with gusts as high as 65 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 10 to 16 inches possible.
Wednesday Night: Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Windy, with a west wind between 30 and 35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Thursday: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 21. Windy, with a west wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.