This has been the worst season of the last decade in Pennsylvania. I don't think anywhere in PA has had more than 5 or 6 inches of snow TOTAL for the winter and we have had many, many days in the 50s and 60s. Currently, we have a not very thick layer of ice with loose granular on top most days. If it were not for a number of evenings under 32 the mountains would be closed. Hopefully things will turn around in the next few weeks.
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But for us... I have never gotten in as many runs as I have this year. People have grossly overestimated how bad the conditions are and stayed away. At times it's been like having my own private resort.
We can lap blue and blacks all day long, and not have any wait to get a chair. We have been asked to stop hockey stopping when we get to the chair, because they have to rake the snow back, though.
So I'm having a great season. Because I own a raincoat and I'm not afraid to use it.
We're doing okay at Big Sky with a great powder day last Thursday and the Resort 100% open. A group that was here all week had no complaints even though it was big bluebird skies all week. It began to snow early this morning and has been snowing all day with a good accumulation and a 50% chance for more predicted tomorrow and 30% Sunday. It isn't the epic year we had last season, but the trees are skiable and you can avoid the rocks off the top with a little care. It's certainly one of the go-to places in the country from what I hear.
I was up at Alpine/Squaw a couple weekends ago and wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't powder skiing by any means, but the groomers were fast and the lines non-existant. I guess that's one benefit to an off-year. It's hard to compare after ski-bumming in Jackson last winter.
I've been getting that familiar beep on my iPad snow app that Winter Park has 4-6" of new snow just about every morning since late last week. It is killing me, because end of last week was excellent and it is getting better day by day.
I think we've been pretty lucky here in the NW this season. I live in Portland, Oregon and my home hill is Mt. Hood...I usually ski at Timberline. The base depth at Timberline is 118", which is way below average for this time of year, but I know there are plenty of ski areas around the country that would KILL to have a 118" base right now. Have a new addition to the family this year and diaper duties have kept me somewhat grounded...but I've made it up to the hill 10 times this year...and 4 of those 10 days were really sweet pow days. All in all, can't complain.
My season pass is at Meadows and that is not quite how I see this season. November was cold but no snow; December was rain and snow and wind and rain, not much to ski in. January offered a few good days but mostly rain at 40- deg. after snow which meant cement and ice. Last monday was excellent surface and almost nobody up to get in the way, even with Cascade being zero visability it was still good. Now it's snowing again, after raining, so maybe February-March will be great.
one can hope.
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