I logged in day 19 for the 00-01 season today at snowwbird. Days like today are why I moved from the D.C. region to Mo-town (slc). After three weeks with only one 6" storm, Snowbird was blessed with a healthy dose of champagne powder. Although their web site is only reporting 9" of fresh, there was nearly two feet at the top of the tram. Around 16" mid mountain. No lift lines, Deep Powder, Amazing mountain. I cant wait for this coming week. 6-12" tonight with continued flurries tomorrow. You D.C. region skiers should come up to the bird sometime, there's plenty of powder for us all. Skiing is a different sport out here, you should all try it sometime.
But I dont mean to complain. It was a beautiful cold, sunny day. And the snow coverage on the open runs was good.
Am heading home to Utah for Christmas: Alta, the Bird, SnowBasin, Brian Head. 30 new inches this week. Ahh, two weeks of the "Best Snow on Earth"...
Due to the great early-season conditions, Snowshoe has decided to curtail snowmaking ops during the day, running the guns at night only. (Of course, that could change in the future depending on conditions.)
Let's all hope for more cold weather and snow!!!
Looking forward to later this winter when I should get 16 days in Utah on 3 trips. Flights to Utah have been really cheap this winter.
It is obvious that Western PA has received bountiful snow.
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I'm way too excited to sleep!!!
I skied Heavenly 3 days, Kirkwood 1 day, and Squaw Valley 1 day. Heavenly was good but there was a lot of poleing on trips home. Kirkwood had powder up to my chest. As my friend (who is a lot more experienced than me )said, "you'll never get a day like this again!" Squaw had to be the best overall mountain I've ever skied. The bowls were huge, the terrain was massive, and there was a lot of different skiers and boarders to watch. We even got to see a professional photo shoot of skiers and boarders coming of the very tops into the rocks.
Pray for more snow here because I dont want this season to end!!!!
Jimminy and Brodie had excellent conditions. Both are what I would call... backbone New England, with local crowds mixed with a spattering of New Yoekers and Bostonians.
Venerable Stowe was excellent except for one weekend that the temperature went up into the '50s and after heavy rain, dropped from the '50s all the way down to -14 in less than 24 hours. The trails were literally blue -- ice that is... But following several snow dumpings later and massive snow-cat work, the trails got back to their usual conditions.
Killington on Prez Day weekend was a challenge on account of the crowds. I will never do Rams Head mountain again. Stuck on a line for a half an hour. But the rest of the mountain was super.
Sugarbush had some incredible conditions and it was a pleasure to ski that place.
The Snow Gods are continuing their showering New England with more snow. They are having the best conditions in ten years.
Heavenly was a great mountain. What killed us was the poleing. Only on the third day did we discover better trails to get us home that did not have as much poleing. There were not as many top to bottom trails either. It took 3 chair rides to get to the top and sometimes a chair ride to get home. Unfortunately, Milky Way Bowl and Mott's Canyon (Heavenly's double diamond trails) were not open the days I skied there. If I had skied them, I may have a different opinion. Would I go back to Heavenly? Definitely.
Squaw was just the most magnificent mountain I have seen (and granted I haven't seen many). There really are no trails. It's just wide open mountain. I saw things you normally see on TV or in Ski Magazine (extreme skiing conditions that I could have done). There were some beautiful views of the lake and of the mountain itself from all over the place. There was only two chairs to get to the top of the highest peak and you could ski the entire 3000 feet down without stopping (but only if you are in that kind of shape. NOt me).
The entire Lake Tahoe area is magnificent. You also have Mammoth mountain nearby that got 7 feet in 7 days the week before I was there. I think I could do my next 4 vacations there and not get bored. If you got a freebie place to stay go use it. It would be well worth it. My ski group is thinking about purchasing a place at kirkwood (prices seem lower than other places and they are really starting to grow the mountain). Any information on it would be greatly appreciated.