For anyone who's been able to make it to the slopes this weekend, I'm envious!
Scott, I can relate to the driveway shoveling. I got a real long front walk and a 70 ft driveway (according to the survey of my house, but it seems a lot, lot, lot, lot longer with all this snow). No snowblower, I just have this antique old shovel left behind by the previous owners. I still have 20+ more feet before I reach the road, so it doesn't look like I'll beat the crowds to Whitetail tomorrow. Whoever does, enjoy. (Wish I had parked at the end of the driveway instead of in the garage.)
Unfortunately, I'm not at Timberline this weekend, but friends staying in my place report having shovel snow away from first floor windows. I just got back from Lech and St. Anton in Austria. It seems that it snows everywhere I go. When I landed in Zurich ten days ago, Lech had just received 3 meters (9.8 feet) and all roads to the resort were closed because of a level 4/5 avalanche threat. I had to stay in St. Anton for a night until the police could blast along the roads--not a problem because St. Anton has some of the best terrain in Austria. It is Bode Miller's second favorite free ride space next to Chamonix. Anyway, I'm working on a two part article on the experience for DCSki so stay tuned.
On the plus side, this snow isn't going anywhere, and you'll find memorable conditions for the foreseeable future. Next weekend could be quite busy.
Meanwhile, I'm sore from all the shoveling yesterday. I looked out the window, and I can't see my driveway. <Sigh.> Looks like more shoveling today! Ugh.
I did, however, speak to some bud's of mine that were up there. Sunday was reported as beyond awesome. No chance for the powder to get skied off since it just kept coming and the crowds were super light. Mondayby contrast, was only fair. Apparently, although you would think the snow would continue to be awesome, it was only so-so. The problem was not quantity, but quality. A wave of sleet came through so there was some crust on top of the powder with crust underneath. To compound that, the groomers weren't able to keep up with all this snow and get the surface a more consistent packed powder. So although there were a couple of great ski days, give the groomers a bit more time to catch up. Skiing and boarding this weekend should be pretty intense!
Any word on the road conditions near Timberline or Wisp? I'm hearing news reports of 3 to 4 feet of snow in those regions and the roads are apparently a disaster. Even the locals may be having trouble reaching the slopes today.