It softened up nicely. The snow was good and did not get slushy, should stay good for a little while.
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2015-16 Colorado Weather Discussion - Page 72post #2131 of 23654/3/16 at 6:59am
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #2132 of 23654/3/16 at 9:14pmThread StarterQuote:
Well...gorgeous day. Rattler mashed up nicely, everything else in Copper Bowl was refreeze into early afternoon and....was actual rattler. As in fillings.
Mrs. Naybreak, who has continued to insist she doesn't like slush. Well, no such insisting today . There were pockets of corn around the mountain, but less than expected for that much sun and warmth.post #2133 of 23654/4/16 at 5:32ampost #2134 of 23654/4/16 at 8:49am
From the bus stop.
There were some fresh tracks in Fourth of July Bowl.
We staged cars at Copper to take a couple run in SKY chutes on Saturday. The snow was fresh and cold in the shade. Sun affected snow ranged from sticky wet through crispy on potatoes to delightful cream cheese.
The out and back on the ridge is us 'being legal' and exiting through the gate and backtracking to get to the top of K.
Lots of p-tex was lost getting over the wind-scour near the ridge. It was easier than walking on hidden rock.
Then things started to improve.
It just got better.
Our second run, on S, required no backtracking.
View up S from a rest spot near the end of the run.
Looking down S.
My brother with Marty in the background.
K in the middle. We went down the center trees then into the chute proper on the looker's right.
A nice and tiring day.
Yesterday I helped with the final RMM race of the season, as GS on Cimaron.post #2135 of 23654/4/16 at 10:52pmThread Starterpost #2136 of 23654/5/16 at 4:40pmpost #2137 of 23654/5/16 at 6:25pmpost #2138 of 23654/5/16 at 6:41pmpost #2139 of 23654/6/16 at 2:08am
Friggin pooped from about noon-2:30 at the Luv Tuesday. Sawdust on the dance floor at first, but got progressively softer, right up to the point when work called to tell me I needed to work 12a-6a.
Probably only 5-6" storm total, but was better than the 2-4" forecast, and the frozen chicken heads I was expecting. Visibility was SKETCH on lift 8, and heading back to 4 between 1-2pm. Fire Cut has had unprecedented zipper-lines for most of the season, and was IMO the run of the day. Visibility was passable, and a nice graupel buffer over some otherwise treacherous ice bumps. Lift 9 was off my trail map for the day, and with 30-40mph winds forecast for Wed., will likely remain so if I manage to rally for an afternoon session.post #2140 of 23654/6/16 at 2:19pm
Breck had about 4 - 5" of wind firmed snow today. The snow report was 7". The snow take showed more than that last night at 10 when I checked. I guess they moderated their report based on the aberration that the stake showed.
Patrol set off some sizeable slides in Horseshoe.
With the obvious slabbiness, many natural slides and wind affected snow, I called it early.post #2141 of 23654/6/16 at 2:57pmYa the wind ruined it all sadly. But I still made a day of it. Ended up skiing peak 6 quite a bit and that was jst fresh tracks in trees. I also ended up hiking up to Beyond Bowl which was fantastic. Overall, still a very fun day. Tomorrow might be even better over at keystone!post #2142 of 23654/6/16 at 3:05pmpost #2143 of 23654/6/16 at 4:19pmpost #2144 of 23654/6/16 at 4:39pmpost #2145 of 23654/6/16 at 4:54pmpost #2146 of 23654/8/16 at 10:42am
How is the snow surface holding up at the Summit / Vail County resorts heading into the weekend?
Are there still soft or mid-winter snow up high and/or north-facing areas or has it turned to mostly spring conditions?post #2147 of 23654/8/16 at 11:30amQuote:
I'll let you know in a few hours, although my roommate has suggested that upper mountain hadn't gotten warm enough at Breck to soften up that much.post #2148 of 23654/8/16 at 2:53pm
Cool - debating on the plan of attack for the weekend based on the forecast - wondering how good the steeps and off-piste will be Sat or if it will be more of groomer day if things don't soften-up - depending on temps, sun, and/or precip.post #2149 of 23654/8/16 at 3:14pmWe are at Vail - didn't soften up until after noon today offpiste in the back. That was with mostly sunny and a filter of high clouds. Never got too slush as clouds rolled over around 1, but it's now sunny - go figure. If it isn't sunny tomorrow, I'm demoing some race skis or something Crusty in the AM.post #2150 of 23654/8/16 at 4:44pmpost #2151 of 23654/8/16 at 6:13pm
Breck below tree line was just a little sun softened snow on a terrific easy to edge base. Upper mountain was pretty mixed. I did CJs and George's Thumb. GT was a little more predictable because of its aspect (more northerly) but the last storms snow left some pretty interesting variable wind packed and scoured. CJs had more sun and was not overly skied so the new snow was dense and somewhat break through. Not that pleasant, but energetic and challenging. Neither was getting much traffic.post #2152 of 23654/8/16 at 6:29pmpost #2153 of 23654/8/16 at 6:43pm
Yeah they announced in Dec they were building a new restaurant to replace the warming hut at the top of Peak 7. That sign wasn't there earlier in the winter.
Sat will be a game-time decision depending on morning temps, sun/clouds, precip. Whether its A-basin, Breck, or even just rippin' groomers at Keystone.post #2154 of 23654/9/16 at 9:34pm
Started the day today at Keystone - ripping groomers up top were nice cord. The south facing started to soften up nicely by mid-morning then pretty much everything else did as well.
Headed up to A-Basin for the afternoon. Pali - Spine was skiing awesome, nice soft windblown snow. West Wall was a mess of melt/refreeze. Got one run on Zuma Cornice which was soft and corny nice before the snow squalls moved it with cloud/fog and visibility went to nothing. A-Basin got 1-2" of wet snow out of it. It was raining in Dillion later in the day.post #2155 of 23654/10/16 at 10:30am
I enjoyed some nice skiing at Breck yesterday. Started around noon with a lot of laps in Wonderland on/in windblown semi-firm snow. When the visibility dropped I moved over to Peak 8 and skied some trees and groomers. Below tree line things were soft and moist. In the trees, the snow that fell a few days ago fell again from the tree tops leaving some fun, 'fresh' snow.
Sixth Sense to Peak 8 (r to l)
Peak 5 from Wonderland
Baldy, Guyot and the front range
Conditions in Wonderland were fun...
... until the clouds dropped down
Trees on Peak 8post #2156 of 23654/10/16 at 10:37ampost #2157 of 23654/10/16 at 11:45amThread StarterQuote:
I got stoked by this, but then realized A-Basin has just raised the price. You used to be able to by next season's pass starting April 1 and ski the remainder of the current season, and that was $299.
So this is $50 more...and still the best deal out there.post #2158 of 23654/10/16 at 8:01pmQuote:It'll pay for itself in no time.
Loveland was really good this afternoon, after a no-rush 1:30 start. Freshies on Porcupine Saddle at 2:30, and great stuff right under 9 and on #4 headwall.
Going to ski A-Basin tomorrow just because I can.post #2159 of 23654/10/16 at 9:38pm
Breck skied really well today Sunday. The day started out really overcast, some snow showers, and low cloud/fog with everything above treeline socked-in until about 11am.
I skied groomers on 9 & 10 until about 10am then ventured over to Upper Mountain on Peak 8.
T-Bar into Horseshoe was so-so with some new snow on top of mixed conditions from anything including chalk, windpack, coral reef, hardpack, and crazy amount of slide debris chunks that came off Cucumber Bowl last week.
6-Chair was garbage - dust on crust in the morning - it may have softened up later in the afternoon but I didn't didn't venture back.
Imperial opened around 11:30am when the clouds lifted.
Peak 6 was skiing real well today and once I made it over there I hung out there until the end of the day. They opened the hike midday and everything in Sixth Sense area was skiing real nice with new soft snow.
George's Thumb, Sixth Sense, Wonderlust & Intuition were skiing excellent today.
Monday - either going back to Breck or going to A-Basin. Going to see how the weather looks in the morning.post #2160 of 23654/11/16 at 6:11am
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