Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
As for the ice being bad spring time ice in the west is so saturated with water. ..
Isn't most ice by defination???? Look everyone can agree wto differ, but if you're really, really seriously trying to say that Western ice is in general worse than Eastern ice, the consensus is your paddling up a stream with not much more than a toothpick for a paddle.
Case in point, one of those viscous thaw freezes is hitting the east coast right now, pre-storm. Yesterday, was the 4th straight day of 50+ temps, and some liquid fell from the sky along with many places having some of that "snow eating" fog around too. Now this morning, temps in the 20's, everything is FROZEN solid, most places will open at best half the numbers of trails they had yesterday, and not due to lack of snow, but real, hardcore ice. (my home mtn, Mt Snow went from roughly 100 trails yesterday to 46 today)fortunately the foot plus of snow expected tonight will re-open just about everything, but otherwise, it would be wait until the next warm spell and/or when the cats can get a number of passes over the skating rink. How many trails did Snowbird have open/closed yesterday due to the "worst conditions" you've had out there??
I just found the answer to my own question from the snowbird web site "Please be aware that Spring conditions exist - snowpack will be hard in the morning, soft in the afternoon, and may vary on individual runs.All lifts and inbound areas were open yesterday, March 15th.
Upper Tigertail opened late, and may close in the afternoon today as the danger of wet slides increases due to warming. Back country touring was also closed."