Archive for the ‘Snow Reports’ Category

CURTAIN FALLS

1-18-21

When I put my skis in line this morning at 7:30AM, it looked like the day was going to be sunny and looked promising. By Go Time the curtain of clouds had moved up the Canyon and fell over the hill, reducing the visibility significantly. I decided to check out Mineral Basin, which offered some illumination from the Sun that was trying to hold off the cloud. Here is a shot of that little bit of light.

The last bit of Sun on Mineral Basin to start out the day. The clouds lowered and snow was in for the day.

The Groomers were offering the best lines, but some of the wind swept lines were still holding up the smooth from yesterday and seemed even a bit more dry and chalky. The Front of the hill was offering great prepared lines, which were beautifully smooth, which helped a lot with the reduced visibility. Tomorrow, look for some additional accumulation on the hill as it is snowing briskly here at The Trailer as I write this. Social Media shots of the Canyon indicate some slick accumulation during the day and a very slow ride down the hill. Look for the smooth lines to still be offering the best ride while the off trail may still be a tad testy. I expect much cooler temps for tomorrow, but clearing is in the forecast. See you there for the early turns. IBBY!!

WILD SKY

1-17-21

The clouds in the sky were wild this morning as they seemed to morph as they moved over the Mountain Peaks. We all stood and watched the formations change rapidly as they moved overhead, changing colors and shapes each moment. Here is a great shot Jake took from the Tram.

The Cosmic Clouds moving and changing right before our eyes. Not the colors in the left hand side of the formation.

That accumulation of grauple yesterday made for some excellent wind transported lines that were sensational, with sugary, smooth sections of perfection. Here is a shot off from a Lewis and Clark lap first thing.

Perfect wind smoothed lines made for a magic morning with friends and sunshine.

The Groomers on all sides of the hill had been given a good fresh till, which offered plenty of traction and smooth turns for the morning session. The pack got a bit skied off later in the day. Off trail had improved markedly, with with wind transported sections cushioning the ride where crusty consistency was in effect yesterday. Here is a shot of one of the wind scoured areas from where all that loose snow was taken.

Wind scoured pack that was very difficult to negotiate. It was best staying with the smooth buff.

Tomorrow, look for more great Groomed lines on all sides of the hill, some overcast skies with periods of Sun, and fair traffic for the holiday. Some of those wind smoothed lines may still be offering the goods, so take a look around.

The Cosmic Clouds changed with each second, and were moving very fast.

See you there for the morning festivities, and enjoy the smooth lines that will be waiting. Lay it over like Ligety!!!

OVERNIGHT DUSTING

1-16-21

There was an overnight dusting of dense grauple, which gave the hill a bit of extra traction for today’s festivities. The clouds cleared off early enough to make the visibility good and, with a bit of Sun, a bright shiny day. Here is a shot of Flyin’ Brian Beck out in Wilbre Bowl making it look easy. The crusty surface was still in play, and going for the smooth lines was providing the best ride. Lewis and Clark had some sweet lines that were ready for go time with those big smooth prepared lines.

This coating was only 2 to 3″, but any amount of freshness is explosive.

Tomorrow, look for another Sunny day with great Grooming on all sides of the hill. Look for the smooth left over wind smoothed lines, which can still be found. The new material will make the machine worked lines just a big softer. I’ll be looking for the Mineral Basin lines for the start of the day.

My good friend Jack, all rigged and ready for the festivities.

See you there dark and early for the morning session. Remain Standing!!!

WIND LINES

1-15-21

The morning was clear and cold and the winds had subsided, leaving wind buffed lines on some of the South East aspects that were bridged by scoured crust. The wind lines were dry, chalky, firm, and dialable. It looked like it could be breakable, but I used my light touch technique to stay on top and extract as much goodness from each turn as I could get. Wind slab is one of my favorite surfaces. Here is a shot of the wind line on the Chamonix Chute. It is kind of hard to make out, but it was top to bottom smooth and looked great.

Areas of wind smoothed slab that were fun to hunt down and tie the lines together.

Traffic was fairly light, and vertical was easy to get. The Groomers were really fun, with a fresh till on all sides of the hill, which was a real treat. I went looking for wind slab lines, but they were hard to discern in the flat light the front side, but there was little there to be found. Tomorrow, look for increased overcast with some light precip. for the morning session. Stick with the smooth lines, as the wind really worked the surface pack, making it very stiff and variable. Entrances remain very sketchy, interference patterns are wide spread. Look for continued excellent Groomed lines on all sides of the hill. The morning corduroy is well worth getting there for the open bell. Dial it up, Dial it In!!

HIGH WINDS

1-14-21

It was a bit nippy this morning with the Sun shining in Mineral Basin, but the very high winds kept the Tram down for the day. The Chairs were the ticket to get the day started, but the winds up high were really nuking, making the ride cold and slow as the chairs were running a bit slow due to the wind up high. The front of the hill was really scoured, and only some aspects in Mineral Basin were gathering some of the transported snow. Mineral Basin closed later in the morning when the wind increased even more. Here is a shot that Tramrat sent from his January Golf Hacienda in Arizona.

When your sitting on a high elevation chair in high winds with cold temps, this shot gives me a bit of warmth just looking at it. Get a hole in one Tramrat!!

While the Groomers were very firm, the wind was depositing some dust on the mat, making the traction a bit better, but slick spots were abundant and a cautious approach to the flats was advised. Tomorrow, look for another fun day of working the Groomed lines on the hill. I will be looking for any residual lines of wind deposited snow for the best off trail offerings. I think Mineral Basin will be offering the largest selection of those smooth lines. Dress for cold again as the Northwest flow is still in effect. IBBY!!!

OVERNIGHT TRACE

1-13-21

It was very warm in the parking lot, with the tell tale signs of some kind of frozen accumulation. That overnight trace, which was no deeper than one millimeter made the groomed runs just an extra bit sweeter to start today’s festivities. Here is a shot of the accumulation on the Plaza chairs.

Just a little bit will do ya!!

Traffic was light, and the visibility was OK, but the details were hard to discern. Thanks to the Grooming Crew for the smooth carpets of AHHHHH. I was working the Peruvian Gulch early on to take advantage of the wide open lines, fun terrain variations, and Lower Who Dunnit, which was offering a roller coaster of fun changes of aspect. Tomorrow, look for some additional accumulation as some more energy will be passing by. Sunny skies may be on tap, so check it out and go for the Sun if it is up and shining.

Leopard Man in his Happy Place

I found out today that my good friend John transitioned from the training fields of Snowbird to do some extensive recon work for us in the Powder Fields in the Great Beyond. John brought smiles, amazing energy, and love to all he encountered. We will all so miss him. Prowl the deep John. Straight Ahead!!!

FILTERED SUN

1-12-21

There was a high cloud deck over the Front this morning, which filtered the Sun, making the visibility interesting, but had enough contrast to make the details stand out. Light traffic in Mineral Basin made for some fast and fun laps on the freshly machine worked lines. After 11AM, the Sun burned through the deck as it moved East, making the visibility come alive as the entire mountain was fully illuminated. The Baldy Chutes were opened today, accessing Alta. The entrance looked really rasty, but it had quite a lot of traffic non the less. Here is a shot of Flyin’ Brian Beck standing at the top considering the gnar.

Now that’s entertainment!!
Mikey M working his way into upper Main Chute at ALTA. There is plenty of cover in the chute, but the entrance is dodgy.

The Groomers were offering the smooth ride, with great consistency that really paid off big when the flat light was keeping things interesting. Later, after Noon, the open lines began to get a bit scraped off, so I was using my best averaging techniques to keep moving through the turns despite the variations. Tomorrow, look for light snow in the AM. Visibility will be interesting, so stay with the Groomed lines and stay close to the trees for reference. The off trail remains difficult, with wide spread interference patterns and rumble.

Jake was playing tourist today and was checking the out of the way lines. Here is looking down the entrance to Hot Foot Gully.

See you for the morning session, and, perhaps, some light Essence to work. Speed Safely!!

STILL COOL

1-11-21

It was a full on sunny day, but the temps were still quite cool, and only warmed up after 1PM as the Sun rose up higher in the sky. The Groomers were offering some really nice corduroy out of the chute, with good traction, smooth surfaces and wide open lines to dial in some high angles.

Another shot from yesterday’s Heavenly display of light and color.

Mineral Basin was offering the bright Sun on the first Tram, so those wide open prepared lines were fast and dialable. Lewis and Clark was also offering some nice lines, but there are still large areas that are quite dodgy with rumble and static that make those lines interesting. The Front of the hill was offering the top to bottom pace, with low traffic on the lifts, fast turnaround times on the runs, and fairly uncrowded sections to open up the throttle a bit. The pack got a bit slick as the nap was shaved off the corduroy, and I bailed after 1PM to save my knees. Tomorrow, look for more of the same conditions on the hill. Those early Groomers will be offering that carpet like consistency, and the off trail is still stiff and tricky. Dress for that morning chill, and follow the Sun for best visibility. See the Line, BE the Line!!

GOLDEN SUN

1-10-21

I got an early start on the day with an invitation to join the 7 Summit Tour. The Sun was just rising when we got to the peak and it was shining a golden light on the low clouds in the Valley’s, making it feel like Heaven.

Morning light illuminating the Mineral Basin for the early Trams.

The Groomers on all sides of the hill were offering smooth turning on the soft nap of the corduroy. The light on the front of the hill was flat, but some of the details were illuminated by the reflected light coming off Superior. Here is a shot of the Valley before the Sun rose up over the ridge.

The days are getting longer, and the Sun is rising earlier, but the Front of the hill takes a while to light up.

After Noon, the machine worked lines began to scrape off, leaving slick tiles that kept me averaging the turns to even out the variations. Tomorrow, look for another great day on the hill with smooth groomed lines for the morning session, great visibility, and nominal temps to keep the ambient comfort pleasant. The off trail continues to present challenging conditions, with some dry chalk in the low spots, some stiff crud in the areas that have seen less traffic, and lighter traffic. See you there dark and early for the festivities. Watch your Six!!

FLOATY CLOUDS

1-09-21

Clouds were still floating over the peaks, as the Valley was washed in Sunshine most of the day. The floaty clouds moved up and down the Canyon, letting the Sun shine in the higher elevations. That last impulse missed The Front with no real accumulation after the expectations were built up all week. Conditions remain unchanged from yesterday, and the Groomers are still offering the real smooth that you can trust even when those pesky clouds float on in and send the visibility to ZERO ZERO. Here is a shot of my good friend Steve that I took the other day on the peak.

Yesterday on the Peak was amazing. Steve and I spent a few minutes in The Summit enjoying the ambience and remembering the days long ago when we dreamed of such a facility on the peak.

Tomorrow, look for more sunshine, smooth Groomers to make the early corduroy the draw as Mineral Basin has been offering those perfect carpets with very low traffic. The off trail remains difficult, with widespread interference patterns and rumble to keep you focused on the variations as they present themselves. Straight Ahead!!!