Garry Klassen and I had a couple of days that could give anachronism at Wolf Creek a run for his money. On Nov. 11 only Chairs 1, 3 and the gondola were open, but if you ranged farther afield and were willing put in a little work, there were impressive rewards. Like these off the backside.
From here, you could take the long Roadunner trail around to the front. But were too tempted to continue to this.
This put us at the bottom of Chair 14, where we had a 15 minute walk up a plowed road to ski back to Main Lodge.
We next arrived up top to the opening of Dave's Run.
But the best was yet to come. We continued down through Chair 5 terrain, even though it required taking a bus shuttle back from the base of not yet open Chair 2. I put the second track into Sliver, and here's Garry adding the third track.
I'll take this day over Wolf Creek's start. The next day, not so much. The Sierra snow sets up after we have hit the powder, and it's much tougher skiing than in the Rockies until it's gets packed out by wind or skier traffic.
As for opening some bony terrain, here's the opening of Climax today.
We were beat from Wednesday's skiing and took a pass on this.
Chair 2 opened today Thursday, adding several more groomed runs.
Detail report with more pics: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11909
While it’s warm during the day, the sun is low and the snow is not melt/freezing. It’s still 20F at night, so snowmaking is ongoing on the lower mountain. The second storm snowed 20 inches over the mountain as far as Canyon Lodge, but at lower elevation there is not the solid base from the first storm with heavier snow. I was informed that Chairs 4 and 5 are likely to be open by the weekend of Nov. 21-22.
I would expect a trail or two to Canyon Lodge by Thanksgiving based upon my observations during recent past lean seasons that didn’t have the natural snow start that we have now. The next storm early next week is projected to be a modest 8 inches, but the cold air with it will help snowmaking get more runs open for Thanksgiving.
Edited by Tony Crocker - 11/13/15 at 12:43am