And frickin more on the way, yes?
And frickin more on the way, yes?
Snow in the forecast continuously until Tuesday, with more incoming at the end of next week.
75" of snow in 7 days. Insane.
I've been watching some of the ski porn coming out of Wolf from the last few days, absolutely crazy. What happens when you hit the flat run outs in waist deep pow? You swim it back to the lift?
you got the snorkel already, just need the fins
Wolf Creek, in naval terminology, is six turns of sprint and thirty minutes of drift. The lift rides seem flat!
Depends on the snow. 3 feet of upside down snow where the heavy stuff is on top and the light on the bottom? Get under a 30* pitch and you are screwed.
This stuff has been blower except for the first stuff that fell 10 days ago. Every day has been dropping lighter snow. Perfect snowpack for as deep as it has been.
I've been doing a fair bit of trail-breaking lines, which has been about 20 seconds of skating in. If I'm getting stuck in flats it is the same thing, I could seconds of shoving through. Sticking to steeper lines (Numbers 7-11, Waterfall gates) I have almost always been skiing back to the lift.
The caveat is that once you are off the steeper pitch, you are cranked back to float the tips and yes, you feel that in your quads.
The Jane was skiing great yesterday, but had horrendous lift lines because all the upper lifts were closed for wind. The lines at the base were the worst I've seen since they installed the first high speed quad. It was fun skiing with friends I haven't skied with for years.... but weekends suck, yuck.
The good. The Chutes are in fine form. I can't remember the last time they were so nice I skied four laps! Hero bumps on all the bump runs, and the trees were fantastic. Here's Hole in the Wall:
The bad. This is the line at the C lift:
The fun. Skiing Hole in the Wall:
Next weekend is going to be a nightmare for crowds. Snow is good, three day weekend, and olympics going on so every gaper that hasn't had the urge to ski since 2010 will get it and head to the nearest mountain.
Yeah, nice little 'locals only' morning.
Looked like two inches or so of new today but the Jane is skiing really well. I suppose we could do with another 7-14.... or several more.
@tball Nice vid! I've never hiked up to Hole-in-the-Wall. Looks nice and wide where you were.
Yep, we got caught in that too. I picked up a friend in Evergreen and that 15 minutes was the difference between squeaking by before they started the avy control. Still, we got in over 35K of vertical and LL was fun. There were a few lines until they got more lifts spinning and the wind was really whipping at the top. Snow consistency was very creamy today - about 8-10" of fresh on top of the previous snow falls. OTR at LL was money and we got numerous fresh tracks on In the Mood off #8.
Hole-in-the-Wall really highlighted what a special time it is to be skiing in Colorado. Winter Park has a 70" base on Feb 9th!
Usually the Chutes at the Jane are a rock fest until March, then the warmth and sun hits them since they face east. Having this great base this early changes everything. Same with Copper Bowl which faces south and needs lots of coverage... it's amazing right now.
I bet a lot of other terrain needing good coverage and with non-ideal exposure is skiing off the hook (Breck steeps come to mind, where else?). Get out and get some before the sun gets too high!
Say Hi to Staircase for me.
LL will break the 3 feet of snow in 3 days mark today. After skiing it yesterday and seeing just how great that mountain is skiing I can't imagine what it's going to be like over the next couple days as they get the time to get the upper mountain open again (with weather clearing).
BTW - A-Basin is showing the biggest totals out of this storm for the Front Range mountains. Clearly elevation meant everything for this storm.
We hit Ajax on Friday and it was skiing very nicely. Started out skiing laps on Bell and then hit up Bear Paw and the Cones. Then we moved over and skied Hyrups and down to Bingo Glades a couple times. Very good skiing all over.
It was snowing hard at Highlands Base when we left at 2:55 and it turned to rain just downvalley past Snowmass and it was pouring all the way down to and through Glenwood Canyon. Dry from there to Vail and then dumping and we got caught on Vail Pass for 2:45 in a closure. I'm just amazed at what people will try to drive with crappy tires and fed or red.
If I remember right, that was 30” in 24 hours, not a 30” storm…
BIG difference. One is fairly common, one is very rare…
It was 24" in 24 hours if you go back and look. It might have been done during the last two weeks but, I have skied at Steamboat, Loveland, and Monarch seven of the last 11 days. I thought it may happen once again last night but, perhaps today/tonight. I know it has happened once each year for the past two years because I was there. His comment was that it was once a decade which is way off. That is a BIG difference!