Having a grand time at Massanutten this weekend. Pretty neat to have over 40 inches of snow everywhere and temps in the 20's. Makes for great conditions, especially since Mnut is NOT blowing any snow when the lifts are open. They start snowmaking right at 10pm and keep it up until just before 9am opening time. We're staying in a condo right next to the slopes, so I can see and hear the fans when they are on.
The place was pretty empty all day. No waiting more than a couple minutes on any lift, including the two beginner lifts at the bottom of the mountain, Lifts 3 & 4. Partially the cold, but also a function of being the first weekend after the end of year vacation days.
With the cold temps all week, there is no ice to be found. A few spots of hard pack where the snow blows off, but mostly packed powder with corduroy in a lot of places first thing in the morning The top of Showtime was slick. ParaDice was very nice all day. All powder surface and no people made it easy to fly down without thinking. More interesting contours since so much snowmaking has happened in the last few weeks. DJ was being used for Mnut ski team training in the morning. Will be closed again Sun morning for a race.
Mnut ski team practicing on DJ (about 60 kids in the program)
Lift 6, with Southern Comfort in the distance
Blowing on Geronimo 7:30am
public paved parking lots in front of the flag pole, which is a cell tower
view from Summit #129 of stairs onto Geronimo
Southern Comfort and Lift 5 empty 10:00am
Showtime (blue run off Lift 5) empty 2:00pm, same the rest of the day
snow at lodge can be measured in feet, not inches
usually easy to put skis on either side of this fence