I think we timed this weekend pretty well with the snow conditions. A slow start was spruced up by a 2 foot+ storm the weekend before, and this brought Red close to my 'it'll be well covered' measure of 1.5m on the snow report. There were a few twigs sticking out of groomers (more as weekend went on), and the cliff bands required more care than usual to navigate in places, but the skiing was pretty good overall. As it was sunny, the north-facing terrain was the place to be, and this held up well all weekend.
The new terrain on Grey looked fabulous, but much of the front side was sun exposed and hence pretty solid in the mornings, and only softening for an hour or so after lunch. With a slow lift, that's a short window. It's very different to Granite -more rolling and open than steep and tight trees - which adds excellent variety to an already epic ski hill.
It's been a slow start all around in the Pacific Northwest, and has been sunny since we left. The January doldrums seem to have set in. I hope they break for those of you heading out there soon.
Full report and some pics at:
Edited by gortonator - 1/24/14 at 2:16pm