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Customer Appreciation was extended for another weekend and will continue tomorrow as well. I took this last opportunity to get up the peak to see the progress on the new structure. All the steel is up and the floors and roof have been poured going into the Winter stretch. Here is a shot looking at the South end of the structure. This will all be enclosed with glass when work continues in the Spring. The work area has been cleaned up and cleared so that there will be plenty of room to move on the peak this Winter. A new road has been cut out in Mineral Basin all the way out to the pass looking into Mary Ellen Gulch. It eliminates the Hillary Step. This will be a nice addition and will restore the Bookends lines. As you can see, there is just a bit of residual snow still holding on to the North facing exposures. Now we are ready for the real deal to begin. It won’t be long now until we are warping down all the lines we have been dreaming of all Summer long. Get up there tomorrow for the last opportunity to hang on the peak until the season begins. See you soon. Peace Out!!
It was super warm today, and a perfect day for Customer Appreciation Day. The folks were arriving early to get that Tram ride for a Food Donation. The winds were still and the peak temp was very mild indeed. The progress on the peak facility has really taken shape with most of the steel up and the floors being poured before the Winter closes in. This is going to be such a cool structure that has plenty of glass to give you vistas forever. Here is a shot taken from the Tram dock looking South. Here is another shot looking toward the North East giving you an idea of the scale of the building. The entire South end will be a huge glass surround. I am so looking forward to spending time in the middle of high weather just checking out the intensity from the protection and comfort of the building. Plus, when the old shack is gone, it will afford 360 Degree vistas with no restrictions. Very cool. There is still a skiff of snow from the last cycle that moved through a few weeks ago, but for the most part it is gone from all but the highest North aspects. Here is a shot of the Twins with just that little bit of frosting. The Mountain Accord is a site that is asking for input on the development of advanced transportation systems to better serve the Wasatch, and help deal with the traffic issues. Here is the link so you can weigh in on the issue. http://mountainaccord.com/get-involved/. This will be very important as we go forward into the future. The days are ticking off, and it will be Go Time before you know it. Get your tools ready for the fun and get up there tomorrow for the last day of Tram service. Peace Out.
This coming weekend marks the end of Oktoberfest for this year. I will be sad to see it end, as I have had a blast hanging out and listening to the great bands that perform. I got to see lots of folks I have not seen in a long time and take in the vibrations the hill generates. Here is a shot of one of the Tyrolian Horn players that was waiting to take the Tram to the peak for a sounding of the horns to bring in the Big Snow. The air has been crystal clear these past weeks with ultra blue gracing the sky wall to wall. This resolution sets off the vibrant fall colors of the foliage as the are now hitting the peak of color. The Aspens are particularly iridescent and seem to strobe against the dark green of the Pines. Stunning. The weather has rebounded from that cold wet cycle that was holding strong a couple of weeks ago, where there was some small accumulation that continues to hold on to the High North. I like this dry pattern because it signals a better start to the real accumulation cycle. Early deep snow in October usually seems to indicate a dry start. A dry October seems to break open in the late part of the month and then unleashes a continual series of storms to build the pack. That would be a much better scenario for a big opener and a continued stream of the Goodness. I did not get up to the peak last weekend as it was very crowded and there was quite a line. Good progress continues on the peak structure, where the floors are being poured and they are racing the clock to get it wrapped up for the Winter. Be sure to make an effort to get up for the festivities this weekend and soak up the vibes, food and fun. The forecast is for a splendid weather, so take advantage of this last opportunity to party before the Ski Season starts. Time is flowing like Little Cottonwood Creek in high melt off mode, so it won’t be long and we will be waist deep in the Essence before you know it. Peace Out!!
We have had a long stretch of precipitation for the last week or so, and ,with the recent cold front moving through, snow was finally evident up on the upper elevations. There was not a lot of accumulation, but just enough to get the juices flowing for things to come. Here is a shot of the the upper Silver Fox area below the cloud deck that was showing the new dusting. It was quite cold on the peak and I was woefully under dressed for the occasion. Doh!!I wanted to get a look at the new snow and the progress on the new peak facility. Work is moving along briskly, but this weather might slow things down a bit, but the floors are going on and more steel is going up on the South end of the structure. These are some adverse conditions in which to work. I am excited to see this building completed and hang out in the big glass surrounds that it will feature. There will be an entrance right off the Tram dock, so you can duck in out of the wind and weather when things get dicey. That will be a nice feature. I went up to Oktoberfest two weeks ago to enjoy the festivities and look at the colors on the hill. Here is a shot of the aspens on the lower section of the Gad Valley, which look very vibrant. The colors are coming out all over the hill and it is worth the time to check it out. Here is a shot of the Uni Mog that is the Snowbird Mascot so to speak, packed with kegs of beer for the fall celebration. I love how they restored this vehicle and made it live. Nice touch. Be sure to get up to the hill for these last two weekends of Oktoberfest. The activities, food, libations, and music is a great take in at this time of the season. Soon it will be time to get back to life on the hill and I am excited about the prospects for the year. I will be bringing the Trailer down from the High Desert this week as my consultations with the Galactic Federation have wrapped up. I will, again, be setting it up for the Winter next to the corral with all my horse friends who see me off every morning and greet me on my return from the hill every day. I tell them about my adventures and they listen with knowing eyes, but I am sure they understand. Be sure to get your copy of Snowbird Secrets – available by clicking on the cover art at the top of the page- which will go a long way to the pre season conditioning. IBBY!!
Here we are half way through September, and Time is in overdrive it seems. The colors on the hill are looking very nice and still have a way to go till they peak. Here is a shot of the Tanner’s Flat area getting painted over with the fall colors. The Canyon has so many faces that get covered over when it snows. I learn a lot by looking
closely at the hill durning this time to help dial it in. Here is a shot of the Upper Cirque area. Soon it will be Go Time. Up on the hill, the new structure is beginning to take shape with steel going up and continued work on the foundation. Here is a shot of the progress since the last time I got up. It is looking very cool. There was a rendering of the new facility there on the peak, so here is a shot of how it will look when it gets done. I really think it will be a great addition to the experience. It will be fun to stand in the big glass windows when the storms are pounding the peak. I love that time on the peak, though you have to move off quickly, so you never get a chance to witness the Vortex as it rages. I will look forward to that. The Starman sent me this incredible shot of 25′ storm surf on the Baja a few weeks ago. That is some serious water rolling in here. He had a great stretch of surf and Kite surfing. That is a cross training dream. Nice..Don’t forget Oktorberfest will be going off this weekend, so be sure to get there for the fun and get up to the peak and the check out the lines, it will give you an edge. I’ll be going down the rabbit hole this next stretch, so it will be interesting to see what I find. Be well and get ready to SIZZLE!! Peace Out!!
I went up to take in the Oktoberfest vibrations today. The crowd was really thronging when I got there, with a great band over on Chickadee and the German folk music going on over in the big tent. It was very festive indeed, with all sorts of choices for beer all over the place. Here is a shot of the Mountain Coaster with the launch section sending a thrill seeker to the top. I also got a chance to run into folks I haven’t seen is some time, as the Summer takes me far from the hill most of the time. Here is a shot of Julia just after her top to bottom run down the Single Track Mountain Bike Trail. The word is that it is shaping up nicely with all the traffic. Here is a shot of the beautiful Ms COOL, who was taking care of the folks there at the Birdfeeder. She is a great artist and it is always such a treat to speak to her about her painting. I took a Tram ride to see how things are coming along on the Peak. They are moving along rapidly with the foundation work, and the steel is now staged up for when the concrete is done. This is going to be a very cool structure and will not impede the traffic flow on the peak at all. While I was snapping off this shot I could not help but see this kind of Non Sequitur shot of this mondo Cat excavator arm framed in front of the Twins. Just had to share it. The air was very clear today, and you could see the Lake clearly way out between the Mountain ridge lines. I took this shot of the range down to the west with the big head walls looking very stark and severe. The festivities will begin all over again next weekend so be sure to get up there for the fun and great food and drink. Lots of music is happening as well, so there is no shortage of events to take in. Get there a bit early to get good parking. Ciao!!
A cold front moved through over night, bringing the first real feel of fall in the air. This quick change will moderate in the next few days, but this really signals the ride toward the Winter Season. I got back to town after a very interesting journey to the far reaches, where I visited with folks I have been remiss in visiting. I had a great time and saw friends I had not seen in many years. It is always nice to make contact and see the changes. Up on the hill, the top facility is shaping up quickly and more of the structure’s extent can be seen. Here is a shot of the concrete walls and foundation lay out. On the ride up the Tram, I took this shot of Jaws without it’s cover of snow. This illustrates the stark extreme nature of the Upper Cirque. It is amazing to think about charging this piece of the hill. I don’t even like to get close to this drop without snow. Oktoberfest is in full swing with a really big turn out for the festivities. The Cristy’s Sports ski shop has it’s entire stock of last year’s new skis and boards on sale at Must Have prices. Now is the time to buy for the Winter. There is also a large selection of outer wear available, also at great prices. Here is a shot of just one section of the Wall of Skis just waiting for you to snag a pair or two. Out on the deck was where all the festivities were going off. I ran into two friends I have known since my very first year all those years ago. Art was yodeling and playing the accordion at the first Oktoberfest I experienced back in ’76. He also was the Tram operator during that year as well. I haven’t seen him in many years. Also, here is my good friend Louie, who is 93 this year. He gave up skiing just 3 years ago when he was 90. It was great to seem him here during the Summer. It would not be Oktoberfest without all the great beer and wine that was flowing all over the deck. Here is the a shot of the beautiful Felice in her finest Oktoberfest costume serving the wine to the guests. There was quite a long line for this station, so I had to get this shot off quickly. The fun continues tomorrow, so get up there early to get good parking. All the lots were filled when I was leaving and folks were parking on the road. The more the merrier. There is also a band playing over on Chickadee in the afternoon, so stay and enjoy the music while sitting on the grass. It won’t be long now and we will be back in the thick of it. There are hints of the colors changing already. Syrup won’t stop ‘EM!!!
August is flying by like the Little Cottonwood Creek in the spring, and it will just be a blink of the eye and we will be back on the hill. I came down from the High Desert to touch base with how things are shaping up on the hill. The Mountain Biking trail is getting high marks and the folks are really loving it. The Cool Air Concerts have ended for the season as Oktoberfest will begin tomorrow for the fall season. There is so much going on with all the activities that the addition of the Fest is going to be extra special fun. Here is a shot of the Twins free of the old snow and ready for the fresh coat that is not long in coming. Check out all the colors in the sedimentary layers. It is like it was painted by the BIG BRUSH. Here is a shot of two ladies who were experiencing their first Tram ride to the peak. They were really amazed by the extreme terrain we have here. It is hard to imaging that all this gets covered up under so many feet of the Goodness. It will be here soon indeed. I also stopped by to see THE CHEF and how is garden is coming along. He is harvesting arm fulls of veggies every day. Here is a shot of a cucumber blossom that was glowing in the sun up on the trellis. The bees were having a field day pollinating all these blossoms. He has bee hives in the back yard and he had to add extra hive segments to keep up with the industrious little guys. I got to taste some of the fresh honey that they made right there. It is very cool to see how his yard is blooming. The structure on the peak continues to shape up as the concrete foundations are being poured. It will be really fun to see how it all turns out. I am back off to the High Desert to deal with more pressing issues involving the Morphogenic Field. Stay Frosty!!
We have quickly arrived here in August, signaling the downhill slide back to the Winter Season. The first exhibition Pro Football Game was televised yesterday, and that is a clear indication of a very quick return to the goods. I made a visit to the Chef’s garden the other day to see how it is going, and here are a couple of shots of it in all it’s verdant abundance. Here is a shot of me standing in front of his huge pumpkin plants, backed by the Sunflowers that are just starting to blossom. He is pulling arm fulls of produce out of this garden every day. He made a huge salad with vegetables he picked just moments prior to eating it. It does not get fresher than that. The corn is still a ways out, but the tomatoes are just beginning to ripen. I hope to get a few of those and make some fresh pasta dishes myself, when he has enough to give away. The Fresh Air Concerts on Saturday night continue to be off the charts excellent, with some of the smokin’est music I have heard all Summer. Octoberfest will be beginning soon, so that will be well worth the effort to get up to the hill for the festivities. Well, I am back to the deep research these days, but it won’t be long until we are back at it. Stay Frosty!!
Along with all the Summer activities that are happening on the mountain, the new downhill mountain biking trail is shaping up nicely according to my inside sources. Folks are doing multiple laps a day on the trail and loving it. Here is a shot of my friend JX who sent me these shots of the trail. The burms are building up and the rocky areas are beginning to work in better. As the trail is 7.5 miles long, that gives you a lot of time and terrain to dig into the deep sections of the mountain. This is the trail as it makes it’s way into the Little Cloud area. The wild flowers are at their peak right now, so you will be getting a full eye full of color all the way down this section. This is one of the sections that bridge some of the sensitive areas on the trail. This is a shot of my friend Julia on one of the sections crossing Wilbre Bowl that has some interesting exposures along this section. She knows the mountain like the back of her hand and is really loving the trail. Work continues on the new facility on the peak with the footings having been poured and the foundation forms going up. It was hard to determine what was what the last time I was up there, but this shot gives you an idea of how the footprint looks. Plus, years from now, when it is finished, you can look back and see the ground level beginnings. Some of those foundation shots from the early 70′s are fun to see now that the Center is all up and running. Here is a shot of this big excavator on the peak that is a very rare sight at 11,000′ above sea level. It is an interesting contrast with the Twins behind it looking as massive as they are. Don’t forget to get up to the Saturday Night Fresh Air Concerts. They have been really excellent with remarkable talent. Here at the Trailer I am keeping track of the frequency changes in the Morphogenic Field as we pass through this particularly interesting part of the space. One rarely thinks of how fast the solar system is moving as it orbits the Galactic Core, but it does move mighty quickly. This space ship Earth is ripping, but, for the most part, it is a smooth ride. END TRANSMISSION