1/26: No photos as I was solo...the geezers are from Syracuse and drove over at a leisurely pace. I arrived at the crack of 9:00 and headed out to see how things were. It was about 5 degrees, but no wind. Skies were partly cloudy. The skiing was surprisingly good despite getting very little snow for the last week and a half. This condition would change later in the week. I skied most of the open runs including the double black diamonds off the Straightbrook chair (Rumor and Lies) Rumor was in great shape, with soft snow, very well-spaced and round bumps, and good light. Skied pretty easy. Lies was groomed smooth and very edgeable. Not too difficult. I did a couple of laps in Chatiemac Glades, but the lack of new snow made the fun factor pretty low. It was spitting snow most of the afternoon, so I was hopeful....
1/27: It started pretty cold (about 7 degrees at 8:30) and mostly cloudy. We thought it was the storm coming...wrong. At about 10:00, the clouds broke and it was bluebird. Here's a pic from the top of the mountain looking north toward the high peaks region:
We skied just about everything again including Burnt Ridge. Sagamore was very bumped up, but looked pretty bulletproof. The geezers were not interested in trying that. My issue is that it is mostly flat and flat bumps are a real PITA. We skied many laps of high speed cruisers on Twister, Showcase, and Wild Air. There was nobody at the hill, so we could really let em rip. Lots of fun. By mid afternoon, it was in the upper 20's still bluebird, and the conditions were holding up real well because of the lack of crowds. I love skiing on weekdays.
1/28: The storm that was supposed to start at about midnight, didn't start until about 5:00 this morning. It started slowly, but by 8:30, it was puking pretty good. Probably 2" per hour for the rest of the day. It wasn't Alta 4%, but for the EC, it was as close to heaven as we see. Lots of runs in the Chatiemac Glades:
Lots of runs in Straightbrook Glades:
And here's one photo from the Straightbrook Chair of the pukage:
The snow kept right on coming through about 7PM. Tomorrow's report should be pretty good. I'll try to get some action shots, but the geezers aren't real technically saavy.