Archive for the ‘Snow Reports’ Category

FIRMING UP

2-03-23

More great Sunny sliding, with warming temps, wide open Groomers, and dry chalky lines kept the stoke high today. White Pine and The Twins was open again today, and that was a great feature that I have rarely seen open this early. The Grooming efforts had been employed all over the hill, offering more great ground pounding lines where you can dial in your inner Ligety. However, the feel is firming up as the pack consolidates each day.

Mikey M and Doc on the East Twin ready to do an East Pass loop.
The Guardian of White Pine keeping an eye on the the traverse on the climb out.

Traffic built up as the day progressed and it was wise to keep your head on a swivel see what was going on around. High clouds moved in later in the day, making the light go flat. Tomorrow, look for increasing cloudiness as the next front begins to move in. Look for winds to be increasing and look for some transported snow to begin filling those low areas with some dust. There will be plenty of prepared lines on all sides of the hill for a consistent line in the variable light. Speed Safely!!!

VERT FEST

2-02-23

With light traffic, blue skies and unlimited visibility, it was a full on Vert Fest for The Faithful today. Amazing industrial smoothing efforts had been performed on all sides of the hill, which were off the charts buffed. Mineral Basin was offering the bright Sun, with White Diamonds and Lone Star offering that steep wide open big mountain feel. On the front of the hill, Anderson’s and Lower Primrose Path were dry, chalky, cold and perfect, which was perfect for the top to bottom laps that let you dial in those arcing turns.

Mark Malu looking wide open and silky in the afternoon Sun

With the inversion building with the High Pressure, the temps warmed up nicely, but still had that chill that kept the quality of the mat good to go all day on all aspects. The off trail is consolidating, with building interference patterns, rumble and static becoming wide spread, however, the surfaces are cold and dry with only just a hint of the high density product feeling slick.

Pipeline opened today, with a lot of interest and one of the earliest openings I’ve ever seen. Bonus!!

Tomorrow, look for more amazing carpets of AHHHHH to be on tap on all sides of the hill, pleasant temps that will keep the hill in good shape, and ground pounding fun wherever you choose to throw down. Enjoy these days of great visibility. Syrup Won’t Stop ‘EM!!

WARMIN’ UP

2-01-23

Another clear cold day began warmin’ up as the Sun got higher in the sky. Light traffic made today a vertical max out day. Amazing carpets of AHHHHH had been prepared all over the hill, with some very nice surprises that kept me moving around the hill to get as much of the untracked corduroy as I could. It was ground pounding fun in the Sun, with White Diamonds and Lone Star featured in Mineral Basin and Lower Primrose path offering dry chalky buffed quality on the dark side. Out of area was open and a lot of folks were taking advantage of the access.

A great view down Canyon from a high point in white Pine. Big terrain.
Kyle Weston sent this shot of Hidden Peak with the Twins in the background taken from the top of Baldy.

With the light traffic, the carpets held up the smooth chalky feel all day long. All the aspects maintained their quality with the low angle Sun and still cold temps. The Sun came up after Noon and really warmed things up, which was a very pleasant change. The Grooming has been exceptional this season, and with all this snow, it has been a big job to keep it worked for us. It is so much fun to get these new lines. A big shout out to the Cat Crew for having those ground pounding lines ready each morning.

The Cat Crew having breakfast at the Forklift this morning. Great to have them with us!!

Tomorrow, look for more amazing ground pounding lines to be on tap on all sides of the hill. Take your choice on how to bag all the smooth vert and untracked nap that is up for grabs. I think it will be a touch warmer, so get it while it’s good. Straight Ahead.

SMOOTH CARPETS

1-31-23

It was another clear cold day on the hill with bright Sun and great conditions wall to wall. Traffic was fairly light and became more so as the the crowd got spread out, making back to back Trams fun and fast. Amazing carpets of AHHHHH had been prepared on all sides of the hill, with some surprise treatments given to rarely worked lines that are steep, long and just deluxe. With the Sun out, it pulled the crowd to the bright bowls, leaving the front side carpets vacant and dialable. Off trail, the snow quality was light and fluffy, with the cold keeping that consistency on all aspects all day.

The Chef, giving a double thumbs up on the day from a day much like it some years ago. He is now staying warm in Brazil.

Tomorrow, look for another great day on the hill, with more sweet, velvet carpets to manifest your High Edge Angles. This snow quality really lends itself to perfect consistency on the prepared lines. I expect fairly light traffic again, so get ready for some high vertical accumulation and endorphin generating runs. These are the days to treasure, with the hill to yourself and close friends. Lay it over like Ligety!!!

PICTURE PERFECT

1-30-23

It was a picture perfect Kodachrome day on the hill, with bright clear sun, unlimited visibility, and blower Essence for The Faithful. All sides of the hill were offering soft light lines that were easy and smooth underfoot. The Road To Provo opened, and it too was just what you see in the magazines. It was cold, very cold, and that kept the product nicely refrigerated, so the goods stayed good all day long.

Here is a shot that Dave Matz sent of Tymp. looking majestic and mystical. Thanks Dave

Tomorrow, look for more great lines, soft snow, and, perhaps, some more openings. We’ll have to see. The Groomers will be off the charts full platform engagement dialable, so don’t miss some of that ground pounding fun and get that untracked corduroy. Sensational. It will remain cold all day, so I expect the product to keep all day as well. It is good to take advantage of this time of the season, when all the aspects remain good to go around the dial. Don’t Forget To SIZZLE!!!

STILL SNOWING

1-29-23

More Essence was delivered overnight and the next impulse came rolling in mid morning to add to the amazing pattern this season has been bringing. Visibility was variable and Mineral Basin was tough to navigate in the difficult storm conditions. Still, plenty of great lines were waiting for The Faithful as the surfaces and aspects keep getting deeper and more consistent with each passing day.

4 Members of The Morning Crew making hot laps on a day with much better visibility.

Tomorrow, look for more accumulation to be on tap for the beginning of the week and perhaps a lull in the flow for a few days. It is snowing hard here at The Trailer as I write this and I expect delays for the morning with all the new snow that has amassed. It is going to be a great day with great snow wall to wall. Let The Good Times ROLL!!

WINDY & COLD

1-28-23

It was a windy and cold day today, with a Canyon closure in the AM, and full court press by The Faithful to take advantage of the fresh Essence that had been delivered overnight. Traffic was fairly high, but, with the opening of Mineral Basin the push was spread out. There were great lines to be found on all sides of the hill, however, the rumble and static is still resident in the high traffic lines.

Here is a great shot from The Landing that Jake sent me from his lap out on Lewis and Clark the other day. Misty mountain fog.

Tomorrow, look for more weather to be in the mix as the next Low Pressure dives down into The Front. This may well deliver another significant installment, pushing the pack deeper still. The hill is in find shape to handle the additional accumulation and keep the dream alive. IBBY!!!

FLURRIES & COLD

1-27-23

Flurries and cold greeted The Faithful this morning with variable visibility as the impulses continue to flow out of the Northwest. The Groomers were offering deluxe carpets that let you trust the surfaces even though it was hard to see the details. Where the wind had blown yesterday, pine pods from the trees littered the surfaces, making the definition a bit better. There were still pockets of freshness to be found with some looking and there was no pressure to get there first.

Buck Buchanon finding freshness out on Baldy with no one else around.
The Jazz Man getting the goods in the Exotic Trees. He is on a mission!!

Tomorrow, look for more accumulation overnight, with cold temps continuing with the flow. The hill is in great shape and it is only going to get better as the pattern is active for a number of days ahead. So great to see an epic year still coming at us.

The Chef is now in Brazil escaping the cold.

The Chef, in his search for new and exotic culinary delights, is always looking for new directions on his path. We miss him on the hill, but he is here in spirit. Safe travels Chef!! Stay Frosty!!!

BREEZY & COLD

1-26-23

It was breezy and cold this morning with some clouds moving around, in and out all day. Traffic was light, and the Groomers were offering dynamic carving opportunities. If you got after in, you could dial in untracked nap that was dry chalky and smooth. The wind was transporting the product and adding an extra element of AHHHH to the surfaces.

Mark Herath finding a still deep and blastable line, and making the most of the Sunshine.
Mark Herath working a line of Essence in The Exotic Trees.

Tomorrow, look for more great prepared lines on all sides of the hill. There is some weather moving in, so expect clouds, wind, and continued cold out of the Northwest. Visibility will be an issue, so use those trees for reference. See you there dark and early for the festivities. Visualize Face Shots!!!

SURPRISE ADDITION

1-25-23

There was an inch of light density product on The Trailer this morning and between 7 and 9″ on the hill, to make this a surprise addition to start out the day. Fairly light traffic was on hand to sample the new installment, which felt light and creamy, however, the bottom crust was evident with every turn. A long deliberate turn was required to deal with the variations and, as the visibility was marginal, a close line on the known prepared lines helped keep things consistent.

Kevin Canton getting sweet freshies out in White Pine this morning. There are still lines if you know where to find it.

I took some time and went looking around today, just hither and yon, where I scoped out The Exotic Trees, where I was late to the party. I had thought it was much less traveled, but…….NO!!

Doc getting in on that tour to the deep places and finding it.

Tomorrow, look for more machine worked lines to have been prepared, which will offer very carvey lines as this new product gets integrated into the mat. Mineral Basin is offering nice lines, with much smoother substrate due to the lighter traffic. More fresh Essence may fall overnight as the flow is still coming out of the North West.

The Morning Crew as well as The Speed Queens gathered to salute The Chairman of The Board this morning.

Visibility may still be variable tomorrow, we will just have to wait and see. The hill is in great shape wall to wall. Dial it up, Dial it in!!!