Iíve only got a few pictures of the new snow down at the house to go with this report, to head right to those, use the link below:
On Monday morning, December 17th, I awoke to find 2.6 inches of new snow on the snowboard, which brought our running storm total in
After Mom and boys were safely on their way, I checked in on
I arrived up at the mountain around opening time, and it was clear that there had been tons of snow from the latest storm. The snowbanks in the village were huge, and you could see that the snow removal crew was having a hard time finding places to add the latest dump to all the rest of the snow. The temperature was only 6 F in the village, and there was still a howling wind on top of that, so I was wondering how many people were going to come out for turns. I wasnít even sure how long I would stay. There were a few people around at that point, but most of the hustle and bustle seemed to be from the folks working hard to clear out the new snow.
At the start of the morning, only the Mid Mountain lift was running, so all the skiers in the relatively small group were riding it. I mostly stuck to skiing The Glades trail, because it offers a nice pitch and a little extra protection from the wind. But, I also ventured off to the skierís left of the lift line and checked out the
Another interesting thing about the ski day was that the groomed surfaces were skiing very slowly. Iím sure a lot of that had to do with the temperature, and I had a fun discussion about that with a woman I met on one of my rides up the chair. She was a beginning skier that was sticking (LOL Ė perhaps literally) to the groomed runs and was wondering if the feeling of slow skiing was hers alone. I assured her that it wasnít just her; most folks were in the same boat. Iím sure you can fight it to some degree with the right wax, but the consistency of that type of soft packed powder at those temperatures just makes for a rather slow surface.
A topic that came up in our conversation was that
At some point I noticed that the Snowflake lift had been cleared and was running, so I decided to leave the growing Mid-Mountain crowd and check out what was going on over there. I donít think many people had noticed that they were running Snowflake (or perhaps cared much about it) because I was the only one on the entire lift. I was planning on a quick Snowflake run before I made my exit to the car, but I noticed that the rope was down on the trail that connects over to the Timberline area. I inquired about Timberline with the lift operator at the top station, and he said that it was running. I was somewhat interested in checking out the Timberline terrain with all the fresh snow, but I had a decision to make. I didnít really want to spend the time skiing over to Timberline and back to the main mountain on a work morning, and the thought of the extra traversing time out in those temperatures and wind was very unappealing. So, I decided Iíd ski down to the car, warm it up, and ruminate on whether to catch a couple runs on Timberline on my way to work.
I was back down at the car at around 10:30 A.M., and I decided that the combination of temperature and wind was enough to get me to head to work instead of hitting Timberline. Interestingly, on the way down the access road, I saw that Timberline wasnít even running. Iím not sure if the lift operator had been misinformed or what, but it certainly made for fewer regrets. Another shot of snow was coming in on Wednesday anyway, so there would be plenty of time for powder turns. The altimeters had recorded 5 runs for the outing, with the Avocet recording 2,510í of descent, and the Suunto recording 2,457í of descent for a difference of 2.1%.
That snowfall from the noríeaster tapered off pretty quickly that day, and we accumulated just a little more snow at the house to wind up with 16.5 inches from the event. As I was watching the mountains from my office that later that morning, I got to see the clouds gradually pull away to get some clear skies up there for the afternoon skiers. I think it remained cold, but Iím sure there were some great views with all the new snow.
At the link below, Iíve just got a few pictures of the new snow down at the house to go with this report. I donít seem to have any pictures from the mountain that day; Iím pretty sure the cold temperatures up there suppressed my inspiration to get the camera out to some degree.