Originally Posted by William Tell
Fantastic? I beg to differ as well.
I'd have to call it a mediocre season at best, and that's including a couple real powder days I got to enjoy. There were definitely several epic days there this year (I couldn't make them all) but before and after those was just ok. In my opinion the season there opened and closed with a whimper.
That all said I'm extremely hopeful the new ownership and mother nature combine to make some good stuff happen in the future.
Wolf officially ended the season with 274", which is still standing as a top ten US snowfall total in a dismal year. We had some good powder days, including some that I would have waited over a decade for on the front range. I'm just used to getting 10-15 ridiculously good mind-blowing days, and it was more like 6 pretty good ones. Cry me a river, yes, yes.
But the season felt worse than the snowfall average because the warmth was relentless- I am used to skiing almost my whole season on soft, fluffy, cut-up pow, pow that either gets buried in a few days by a new storm or turns to perfect chalky goodness over most of the mountain.
This year? The storm ends and temps immediately shoot up to 45*. Fresh snow turned to crust on day 1. Only the steepest lines turned to chalk, everything else ungroomed refrozen and a sufferfest to ski.
At that was with close to double the snow that Purg got this year. The only saving grace for Purg is that those few big storms came during full operation. For the reasons above, I bet that 150" skied even worse than one would typically imagine as snow preservation was terrible this year.