The wind was nuking this morning as we waited for the first Tram with conditions very much like a deep Winter storm. The Tram went down due to wind, and the Peruvian Chair was fired up provide access to the mountain. The wind was so strong that this too was shut off after only a short while. Reports of trees falling in the high wind were coming back as the few chair riders descended. Conditions on the hill was very variable with a crusty layer with wind slab on top. When the Tram was called off, I made a bee line to the Forklift Chair to wait out the maelstrom. Here is a shot of the scene out on the Plaza with the wind leaving pine tree boughs and snow blowing around like it was January. I have to admit that I did not wait for the re opening of the Tram, but my calls to those who did told me that there were fun times for the last day of the full operations. I am glad that they got things going, but my knees were not up to severe variations. I want to thank all the folks who make the bird turn; The Patrol, Lift Operations, Grooming Crew, Snow Making, the Forklift Crew, and all the many people that work hard to make it happen seamlessly every day. The Bird is such a vast expanse and it amazes me that it goes so smoothly. It was a great season and I am glad to have shared it with all of you. I will be reporting on the coming weekend opening, so stay tuned for the updates. Thanks to all of you who read this site and it is a great pleasure to meet you all. Stay Frosty!!!
5-11-14 by dave