50+ degrees the past three days, today its supposed to reach 60!!! WTF
I have three days booked at Hunter starting Sat...might have to bring out some water skis.
Snowmaking isn't really ow you recover from the warm spells. It's grooming that does it. Blade to push snow onto the bare spots. Tiller to bust up the ice. This is when you find out how much snow they made in December and January.
hmmm... I'm no expert, but I partially disagree - while I know good grooming makes a huge difference, it doesn't make miracles - if they start with a surface that is nothing but bullet proof ice, which will probably be the case at Hunter after these warm days since last Saturday and the rain forecast for tonight, there isn't much "snow" they can put on top of it by grooming. It's usually a VERY thin layer that is gone after the first 2 hours of skiing. They will need to do a lot of snowmaking to recover all the trails, if we are to have half-decent conditions after this warm spell.
I know this much , the recent weather really took alot out of my stoke for skiing around here. I was fortunate to get 6 days in at Colorado before the weather went south here in Pa. For me, I start getting depressed about skiing when it goes on the serious wane after being very good which was the case here. Hopefully, the second half of Feb and into March will allow half way decent skiing to return to end our season. It seems like the roller coaster of weather gets more extreme every year. Its impossible to get a 3 month sustained winter period anymore here in Pa.
I was able to arrange a meeting in SLC which will allow me 3 1/2 days of skiing out there next week which I am extremely grateful for. Plan to get back to Vail in April , knock on wood.
Tell me about it showing snow for the next 10 days on and off in north LT so fingers crossed this starts to top us up a bit.
Yes, it is a bit of a disaster here in Ontario also. We lost a lot of snow, we lost the bumps, we are down to the man-made base. PATHETIC.
Last weekend I skied on rock hard conditions after temps dropped following some rain. I think it will be the same thing this weekend when temps will drop again after 3 days of rain.
As I told you some time ago, stop wasting money on race quivers for Flatton, Hunta etc, and put it into real skis for real skiing at real areas. You finally discovered what a decent mid-fat can do, now try it on real snow at a real area with real terrain and real vertical, and you'll understand what it's all about.
Sorry Marty - bad news - I've been in Whistler the past two weekends, and it's barely better than the least coast. Icy and nasty with the usual Whistler non-visibility- like being at K-Mart on a marginal weekend. If you can go somewhere else, DO IT.
Off to SLC with the kids tomorrow.
Skied PA (Liberty) today. 64 degrees on the mountain, so I was in a tee shirt. 74 degrees when I got back to DC. Snow was nice and soft, but suuuuuuper slow. Decided to make it a park day , and wished I had worn a long-sleeve tee shirt when I fell landing switch, and tore up my forearms/elbows.
Still, was an enjoyable day, and a good warm-up for my trip to JHMR tomorrow.
Lady Salina and I thought about going to NC mountains today, looked at the weather and saw rain for the afternoon so we opted to stay in the flats of SC and go golfing instead (74 here today).
Only 3 more sleeps till Vail I can't waite.
Hope it snows in NC when we are away
Hunter was incredible today(Wednesday). It was in the high 40s and the sun was in and out all day. I got a good tan and the snow was great, soft but not too slushy, the best spring day at Hunter in 2 years. Coverage is still great and they didn't lose that much on the trails.
It's going to get cold mid-day tomorrow, so they have 2 nights to groom and blow everything back into shape and shouldn't be too bad.
I also heard today in our briefing that they plan on grooming the west side tomorrow during open hours as soon as it gets cold enough. I've never seen that before at Hunter except once when we threatened to close a major trail when it became unskiable.
You guys have the right idea....
Getting jobs that have reasons to fly you to Denver and SLC.
In Michigan here with the weather we have basically zilch for snow left and it will be ultra slick this weekend on whats out there. I don't think I am going to go out and spend $50 to ski on ice. We might get lucky and get 1-2 inch by Sunday when I want to go.
Maybe they will have the hills repaired by Sunday. The temps are to drop in to the 20's again for a good week. So we will have some alright snow making conditions.