Last weekend’s storm quickly produced a decent powder day on Sunday, but this week’s midweek storm was a more drawn out affair. I was hearing reports of snow in the
The snow line with this storm was actually pretty low, we were even getting snow down in the valleys, but there just wasn’t much snowfall intensity for any notable accumulations in the lower elevations. Unlike the previous couple of storms, where there had been a dramatic low-elevation snow line and snow accumulations seemed to rapidly increase as soon as you hit that point, the snow depths with this storm increased very slowly with elevation. By the time I got up to the
As I started skinning I was greeted with a hissing sound that I hadn’t heard for a couple of weeks, that sound that’s made as your skis push their way through very airy crystals of snow. The mountain was notably quiet without the usual preparation for running the lifts, and the silence seemed to amplify the effect of swishing through the snow. I skinned all the way up to the Vista Summit (3,150’) and here’s what I found for Wednesday Morning’s accumulations:
2,100’: 1 - 2”
2,500’: 2 - 3”
2,800’: 3 - 4”
3,150’: 4 - 5”
In terms of the skiing, I was very impressed at how bottomless much of it was, even as I’d descended into the middle elevations. There was such a gradual density change in the snow as it had accumulated, that it just pushed back at you with as much force as you exerted. Eventually as I got far enough below mid mountain, there just wasn’t enough snow to keep me off the base, but I wasn’t complaining.
When I headed back down the access road at around 8:30 A.M., the temperature at the base of the road was 34 F. There was light snow on and off on the route to
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