Joel is lowballing with 3-10. I can see flakes falling on Breck as I type. The snow kind. :-)
Bring it on, Ullr.
I spent today teaching some kids in my wife's family to ski- It is a lot of fun to break somebody else's kids into a really expensive hobby. They took to it really well and it reminded me that it has been really fun to teach most people how to ski.
We starting getting squalls coming over the ridge and even some lightning down in South Fork.
The snow feels like late March. We skied until 4:00, and by that point a few patches on the mountain had scraped to translucent ice, but on the whole everything was springish and soft and really big grains.
Tomorrow might be a nice leftovers day with a couple new overnight on top for us weekday warriors. Gonna be a huge mess on I-70, so many will have to leave really early today. Wind is really going to pick up overnight and tomorrow, refilling and closing lifts.... so looks like Copper is the better choice for us RMSP holders.
I think it's a lot worse this way ... my daughter left Dillon this morning at 8:20 and made it home by 10:15. She said C470 was the worst of it.
I'll try to explain while staying completely neutral...
They are folks that claim that the climate is not changing and global warming is not happening. A few take it further and suggest that there's some nefarious reasons behind folks claiming that global warming is occurring.
Given the extreme winter going on in NE this year, they are likely claiming that as support for their view.
But the same folks in the west wouldn't have any support given the weather there this year.
I guess to clarify, I should have said they deny that humans are the cause of any climate change that may be occurring. (E.g. that "global warming caused by humans" is a fallacy.) Not that the climate has never changed or can't change.
And yeah - the skiing in Mexico will probably be awesome in the next ice age.
I'd love to keep going with the climate change thing, but Eldora was great today. 13" reported and really really fun if you made it up in time! Still some thin spots in the trees but I skied soft snow all day long and it was wonderful.
Today my wife and I skied Purg. I know, right?
Purg did something really cool for local school teachers (my wife) . They sold them a $25 lift ticket, which included breakfast, a $15 voucher for lunch anywhere on the mountain, 2 free alcoholic drinks, and a healthy apres appetizer, along with setting aside one of their bars to be the teacher's lodge for the day- basically, with the food goodies, teachers skied free.
Conditions were pretty damned rough. Yesterday was in the 50's (as was most of the past 2 weeks), and last night was a hard freeze. The frontside of the mountain saw just enough sun to unfreeze- before a snow flurry came in and froze everything solid.
All told, I guess for 85" of snowfall in Mid Feb, it could have been a lot worse. It was definitely a groomer day, and coverage seemed adequate on the groom despite looking horrific everywhere else. Groomers had a lot of patches of real ice and hardpack, but as warm as it has been, I would have expected even worse. It definitely felt East-Coastish.
In the afternoon, after getting edge-high freshies laid down, things got reasonably acceptable on the back lifts, but the lower half of the front side where it was corn earlier in the day was absolutely treacherous.
At the end of the day, they had a very generous raffle where about half the crowd won stuff. I won a Helly Hanson jacket and my wife won 4 tickets to the train!
This was about 50' of boilerplate that has spent 2 weeks getting melted, refrozen, and windscoured.
This is why it is a cardinal sin when Purg gets good early-season snow and doesn't open up terrain as a result. In many years, those are the best opportunities for good conditions and long dry spells progress to stuff like this.
Copper got some healing today. Another 5-6 inches would heal the whole mountain. South facing stuff was still crusty with death cookies underneath but north facing stuff was money! My girls slaying some Pow!