Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Skiing is Good

Today, I found great skiing all over the mountain.   My favorite was Slalom Slope and North Glade.  It has been snowing lightly all day and there is more snow on the way.  Expect some great soft turns this weekend. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

First East Wall Opening

Today we saw our first East Wall opening of the year.  We opened The North Pole upper, middle and lower gates.   With more snow in the forecast expect more openings of this terrain.  It should start to get better and better. 

Winch To The Bottom Of Loafer

Good news on the snowcat front. The drivers made it to the bottom of Loafer, where it meets the bottom terminal site of the proposed Beavers Lift. Part of our strategy this season was to figure out the best way to groom both Loafer and Davis. The winch cat needs to be anchored to either another snowcat or a purposed built winch anchor. This season we plan to identify the winch anchor sites through our experimentation and install the anchors this next summer.



Saturday, February 10, 2018

Bald Spot Skiing

I told you the skiing in the Bald Spot was going to be good.   



Friday, February 9, 2018

Bald Spot

The Bald Spot is open. This is double black diamond "Extreme Terrain" and can be accessed from the lower left side of Loafer. Like everything in The Beavers and Steep Gullies this season, it requires a hike when finished. This area has some nice tree skiing up high and ends in some very steep, rugged chutes. Very cool for the right person. It is very similar to the Lower Alleys. Insider tip - Great skiing and snow to be found along the left side adjacent to the ski area boundary.



Thursday, February 8, 2018

Getting The East Wall Ready

I never tire of viewing the East Wall and Black Mountain. Our Snow Safety Team has been doing lots of mitigation work on the Wall. The have shot the avalauncher. They have done a couple of North Pole routes. Today they did a route down Willy's from the top as well as a Tree Chutes route. Both involve some pretty good hiking. Both brought down decent slides, one in Willy's Wide and one in North Y.

I know the question is, "When?". And most of you know my answer is, "I don't know." That said, we are making some good headway. Today's base is 53". The Wall generally opens once the base is 50-ish inches. The storm for Friday night and Saturday is shaping up. Once the storm clears, the Snow Safety Team will be back at it.

My stock answer, "SOON, VERY SOON."


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Snow Nerds Only - Snowpack 116%

As the pictures indicate, the skiing is tremendous. This week's storm was a huge bonus. While the statewide snowpack is somewhat less than ideal, The Basin has fared better than most. The Grizzly Peak Snotel site (next to A-Basin) indicates a Snow Water Equivalent (SWE and commonly called "The Snowpack") is 116% of the long term median. According to that same site, Season to Date precipitation is 108% of the long term average. You can find all kinds of snowpack info at https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snow/

Some people have been surprised when they get here and realize how good the snow is. No need to be surprised, we are having a good year.