real deep snow



snow – finally

By ccrossen | February 19, 2018

6 inches of very cold, dry powder today… dust on crust conditions. off piste will be highly variable given the long dry spell we have been enduring… enjoy this micro-burst.

Snow remains in the forecast, perhaps another similar system on Thrs, and then another beginning of next week. The much awaited pattern change may occur at the end of the month. Temps will stay very cold throughout the week.

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By ccrossen | February 16, 2018

Posting many records this winter, none of them very good – heading for the lowest snow year on record, and it shows – dirt below 7500′. Fortunately, we still have a decent snowpack above 8,000′ and the small system that moved through this week, combined with cold temps, did a great deal to refresh things. The skiing is pretty good all things considered. We have managed to get just enough, every time, to make the season work.

Next potential for any sort of price comes this Sunday into Monday, with cold temps and 1-3 inches … after this pulses, expect a 10 day wait before anything else materializes… fortunately, it looks like we might get a real system end of the month into March. Stay tuned. Enjoy.

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something out there

By ccrossen | December 19, 2017

Snow in the forecast – we have a strong, fast-moving, and cold system dropping in for a quick hit Tuesday night – Wednesday. We could see up to 10-12 inches above 7,000′, and there is very cold air in place, which will stay around, so we could have a great reset … this snow will be very low water content, so take that into account when exploring lines.

After this system, we go into another prolonged dry spell, until at least New Year’s eve, where, right now, the models are showing a stronger, wetter system dropping in and giving us a nice prolonged event. We’ll see what transpires, as this is a ways out right now. Stay tuned, enjoy the reset this week.

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Pow + Ridge!

By ccrossen | December 4, 2017

Six inches and a lot of wind and cold out there – fantastic ski conditions. We had very high winds (110mph) associated with this system, so be aware of wind loading and slabs. Above 8000′ the snowpack is in great shape, really much like mid-winter, and the riding is great. East winds are in effect today. Enjoy it while the temps stay cold as we are looking at a three week period without any price. Ridge is forming and it should be stuck here until at least Dec. 20th. For more info on this ridge, which we have seen before, visit:

Things may change, but for right now enjoy these cold pow conditions while we have them.

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snow + deep slabs

By ccrossen | November 17, 2017

A lot of new snow above 8500. The high country got hammered, with anywhere from 3-6 feet of new snow at the higher elevations. This is a fairly dense layer, which is presenting some major deep, ground-level facet issues, specifically in the Rose area (for now). Given the high snow levels and the access to other zones, it remains to be seen whether or not this problem layer exists elsewhere.

We had a deep slab slide in Hourglass yesterday, human-triggered. For more on the facet layer and what we’re dealing with, see the SAC write-up.

The take-away (why the SAC has been posting info about areas where snow has persisted throughout the fall): the Sept and Oct snow that remains has changed a lot over time, and now it is presenting a major problem… head’s up in the zones where you know old snow remains way down deep.

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