Park City has had a couple good storms this week and another, bigger one due tomorrow. The only chairs open today were Payday, First Time, Bonanza and Silverlode. Bonanza and Silverlode only serviced the Claimjumper run, which is mostly a superwide, long, blue/green cruiser. The story I got is that they're saving the snow for Christmas. The coverage on the closed runs off Silverlode looked very good from the chair, and once it's rolled out and open it'll be fine. They're making snow on the King Con runs like crazy, so they should be open next week too. This weather report
looks good- we got about 4 more inches today. I gather from the staff that most of the big, wide groomers will be open, and also the new Crescent lift, which dumps out right on top of what was my favorite secret powder stash
. Whether Jupiter or McConkeys will be open, I don't know. Jupe needs a lot of snow to be good, but it is on the way. We need about two or three feet of base to cover the brambles off the groomers.
The snow conditions on what is open are excellent, nice cold, creamy snow, easy to set an edge into, and no icy spots that I could see, even with man made snow in the mix. Of course we don't get real ice here, except maybe in spring on a refreeze- as every ice coaster who has skied here knows.
Haven't been to DV this year, but generally they do well with snowmaking and a few good dumps. They roll it all together with that monster groomer fleet and buff it all out nice. Again, can't venture a prediction on the back bowls, Empire and Lady Morgan. Perhaps a DV local has been up there and scouted around and can post.
Alta is in good shape, I was up there Monday, and it seems the Bird is too, from what I read here.