Archive for January, 2020

STORM SIGNALS

1-07-20

Formidable lenticular formations clung to the peaks this morning as I was driving up the Canyon. By the time it was First Tram the clouds had moved off and it was a clear morning with only some of the residual clouds still hanging on down Canyon.

Residual clouds still hanging on the peaks as storm signals out ahead of a Low Pressure that is beginning in the morning.

Incredible grooming efforts had been done on all sides of the hill, with this last blast of product the perfect material with which to work. Anderson’s Hill and Lower Primrose Path were offering ground pounding smoothness with no traffic as every one was pulled to Mineral Basin and the sunshine. The air stayed coolish and the off trail continued to stay soft and unaffected by the Sun. Here is a shot of Team Dynastar getting ready to hit the new day with next year’s designs.

A great day to take out brand new skis out for a real test of versatility. Looking forward to trying the new skis out.

With the low traffic, the machine worked lines remained smooth and arcable, with the Peruvian Gulch offering top to bottom lines that kept the motor running. Here’s a shot of the New Mayor of Brighton enjoying his first day of work at Snowbird.

I’ve known Dan for 40 years and he still has not even begun to slow down. Congrats Mr. Mayor!!

Tomorrow, look for a storm riding day, with dropping temps, variable visibility, accumulation throughout the day, and great lines to be had as the Groomers will be flannel delights. The off trail may present difficulty in the failing light. Look for some wind work for natural smoothing on all sides of the hill. We are in for a nice cycle over the next days. See the Line, BE the Line!!!

BONUS BLAST

1-06-20

Yesterday’s impulse delivered a bonus blast of Essence that was a total surprise. High winds moved material from slope to slope with the East, Northeast, as well as the South East aspects filled up with more depth than the reported accumulation. After a short delay, Mineral Basin opened and I was able to get an untracked line down Silver Dipper top to bottom, which was a very rare event. Ski Patrol Gully also opened and I worked the chairs to get as much of the goodness before it got skied out. The Groomers were amazing with a light dusting on top that made them deluxe. Lower Primrose Path was given a fresh till, that had 3″ of Essence on top of the corduroy that was like 40″ of Zero%. Here is a shot of Team Excitement who were out in the Exotic Trees looking for the goods and they hit pay dirt.

Team Excitement on the traverse below Boundary Bowl. They were some of the first folks to get the Exotic Trees untracked today. It was deep!!!

After Noon, I went looking out and about and found some overlooked lines in the Exotic Trees. I went back to the prepared lines as the pack began to get some static going. Tomorrow, look for another amazing day on the hill, with Grooming efforts happening on all sides of the hill. Look for fresh prepared lines on the some of the steep pitches in Mineral Basin. I expect a fairly clear day and the temps seem to be on the rise, so I may dress a bit lighter. There is still plenty of soft snow to find if you look and those deeper sections today still be offering the soft feel in the AM. See you there for the goods and the ground pounding fun. Watch your SIX!!

MORNING SKY

1-05-20

A beautiful morning sky treated the Faithful who made the early Trams, with a bit of Sun streaming through the high thin clouds as a storm was approaching later in the day. Here is a shot of the long view to the South with several layers of cloud deck making the sky a delight to behold.

The sky was beautiful as I got to the top of a Lewis and Clark exploration.

Amazing grooming efforts were employed on all sides of the hill that were silky smooth and had a bit of wind transported snow covering the corduroy. Ski Patrol Gully was opened early, and I got a couple of fast laps there before it was discovered. The quality was very dense, but very consistent, however, down toward the bottom , the low angle sections were very wind slabbed, but were of no concern as the exit was easy and well covered. On my laps I took advantage of the opening of the Upper Gate beyond The Chamonix Chutes and hit the apron, which was a tad dodgy and required some very controlled round turns to keep the torsion forces in check.

My tracks are on the right and Chad’s tracks are on the left. He put down a much tight line using his new Dynastar Legends that were perfect for the pitch.

Clouds kept lowering and the lights went out, so I kept working the front side carpets, which included a fresh till of Lower Primrose Path. Perfect!! Tomorrow, look for some fresh accumulation as that impulse was dumping when I left. The Groomers will be offering the smooth goodness, while the off trail has set up and the rumble is difficult to negotiate. We’ll see how these next impulses soften the ride. See you on the first bucket! IBBY!!!

BIG WIND

1-04-20

It was an overcast morning with a high cloud deck that filtered the Sun for a while, till the deck moved off and it got a bit more sunny. Huge plumes of snow were glowing as the big wind transported the product. I was not on the hill today as I was resting up for the week that promises some more installments of goodness. Here is a shot of Old Ladies just after the rope drop that Ricky Rev sent along.

Old Ladies delivering awesome lines when the rope was dropped. It is good to know where to enter to beat the crowd.

Tomorrow, look for wind transported lines to be happening, Groomers to be deep shag perfect, and soft snow to still be found in pockets. The hill is in great shape wall to wall and, at this time of the season, all aspects are delivering the goods. I’ll be back on the hill in the AM. Speed Safely.

LATE SUN

1-03-20

The Sun was a bit late appearing this morning as the clouds hung on the peak, with brisk winds blowing out of the North and visibility a bit dodgy. Mineral Basin and The Road To Provo were delayed opening, leaving the Faithful to work the front side of the hill to extract the goodness from the overnight accumulation. I went out and did the far reaches of the Cirque Traverse to check it out and found some new wind stripped areas that should be taken into account, and a good line if you stayed low on the traverse. Mineral Basin opened around 11:00AM with a wide range of consistencies depending on aspect. The Faithful were pulled back there and the Tram line diminished. The medium density went a long way to smooth out the rumble, but the larger areas of interference patterns persisted. Lower Primrose Path was given another smoothing treatment and was offering amazing flannel soft lines that let you dial in your inner Ligety. Here is a shot of the Bingham Mine in the morning Sun as the Clouds began to move off.

The Bingham Mine covered with January Essence and framed by clouds.

The Road To Provo opened and offered good quality lines that were very consistent and luxurious. The area was tracked out very quickly, but some lines were hiding out of site and were holding up nicely. Tomorrow, look for some clouds back in the mix, fair traffic for the goods, and amazing lines wall to wall still soft and fun no matter where you look. Look for some wind worked lines to perhaps be happening, and look for the Groomers to be offering perfect carpets on all aspects. I’ll be taking the day off to rest up for this coming week. Straight Ahead!!

LUXURIOUS ESSENCE

1-02-20

Yesterday’s storm and the overnight accumulation delivered a heapin’ helpin’ of luxurious Essence. The hill opened on time with much of the hill opened and ready for prime time as the medium density product cushioned the old layer and made the turns surfy and magical. With a strong turn out by The Faithful, it was wise to work the chairs as they really dealt with the traffic quickly. I was looking around and checking out lines I had been avoiding till we got more cover and was delighted to find good cover and smoothness. Here is a shot of Doc that Mikey M sent from their Baldy runs.

Doc getting jiggy with the perfect frosting that covered the dance floor this morning.

As the pack got worked over, the harbor chop began to build, requiring a strong blasting turn to punch through the variations, but gone were those slick spots that had been pesky last week. Tomorrow, look for more great conditions to be on tap, amazing groomers to be offering deep pile perfection, and some un tracked lines in spaces that folks missed in the variable visibility. All the traverses and entrances have improved markedly, though caution should be used on the steepest, high traffic spots. The hill is good to go into the New Year and the base is fully in prime time mode. Don’t forget to SIZZLE!!

NEW YEAR

1-01-20

A new year brings with it some new snow that was medium density and came in with a lot of wind. The Tram was delayed for a while, but the Chairs lifted off without delay and the faithful were in full attendance to start the year out right. Out in Mineral Basin the visibility was marginal, with the Lewis and Clark area offering the best quality, as the low angle pitches seemed to make the medium density pack more consistent. On the the front of the hill, the wind was working out of the Northwest, moving the snow quickly and piling it up along the tree lines. The interference patterns and widespread rumble persists, and I took advantage of the smooth lines I had memorized to keep my knees happy.

Team Smarty getting fueled up before heading out on the hill

I ran into Team Smarty during my Forklift visit, and gave them the 411 on the hill situation. There was plenty to share and they were stoked to have the great coverage and fresh Essence. I bailed a bit early to avoid the slow down hill traffic expected. Here is a great shot from just yesterday of Mikey M’s side country effort.

Mikey M getting the last of the freshness out in the far reaches of the Exotic Trees.

Tomorrow, look for more accumulation and wind transported lines. Be looking for the tree lines and guts to have collected the extra product, which will have smoothed out the ride. Look to those Northeast and East facing aspects to be holding the most accumulation. The entrances and traverses will be improving as well, still, watch for the thins spots and avoid those high points. See you there as we get serious about the New Year. Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!!