Whitewater is having a good week. (As is Schweitzer in Sandpoint, Idaho, by the way.)
Not counting what fell during the day today, December 20, Whitewater has had 54" of snow in the past 7 days as of 7:30 this morning. Most of that has fallen in the last 4 days.
They had just under 20" from 7am Wednesday to 7am Thursday, with 17" of that falling between closing Wednesday afternoon and 7:00 Thursday morning. My guess for the day today (Thursday) is another 10-12", based on what I found on the bumper of my truck at the end of the day.
The base has reached 98", but since so much has fallen recently, it will settle rapidly. Whitewater has had over 215" of snow so far this season.
It is not coastal snow. It's light and dry. Hero snow.
Below is a random skier at 2:00 in the afternoon on an easily accessible run in-bounds. This was just a grab shot, not something that was set up in advance. It was taken with a compact camera. This is the kind of day everyone was having.
Below is the lift line on the smaller Silver King lift at 11:00 am. The Silver King, despite having a vertical of only 900 feet, has a number of nice tree lines, and, today, many face shots. No waiting.
Finally, a scenic shot taken mid-afternoon. It looks so skied out. Well, maybe not.
Again, this is in-bounds and easily accessible.
Every run today had face shot after face shot. Some lumps you went over and floated down the other side. Others, you went through because they weren't really lumps.
Sometimes, the ground dropped away under a smooth looking surface of snow and you would find yourself slowing down abruptly in waist-deep snow. Momentum is often a Good Thing to get to where it's only thigh deep.
It was a spectacular, awesome day. It was well worth telling my employer that this really needed to be a ski day.
And it's not even Christmas yet.