Kelly's Storm Watch

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It felt like Christmas when I woke - anticipation is in the air and everyone is talking about "the storm."  At 7:30 am the skies are heavy with gray clouds and at the base it is around 30 degrees.  Stay tuned to this blog because I plan on keeping you up to date on snow totals.

This evening I will have to take measurements from my house, in between my pumpkin pie and sweet potato casserole prep.  To prove that we are starting at zero, here is a shot of my official snow depth measuring station at  7 am this morning.

Introducing the Garden Cam

garden

I'll report back when it starts snowing.

10 am:  Snow is lightly falling.

10:42 am snow accumulating and coming down strong.

1042

11:45 am - coming down steady - enough for the kids to have fun in!!

kids

1 pm chairs on Main St piling up

chairs

3 pm - stairs on to Clocktower deck

stairs

4:30 pm - 5 inches and still coming down steady.

clocktower snow

6 pm - 2 pumpkin pies in the oven and 9 inches of beautiful snow has fallen.  Sorry I do not have the garden cam to show you.  Technical difficulties.  Take my word - it's honkin'

Snow at Kelly's

8 pm - almost 11 inches.  Seems to be slowing down a bit but hard to tell in the dark.

 

Even if we get a foot of snow it does not mean we can pop open a bunch of trails tomorrow.  1 ft just isn't much when you think about the terrain, rocks, ledge and waterbars that have to be covered.  This snow will create a great blanket over the mountian so the ground can freeze.

What you can expect tomorrow is a 9 am opening.  Trails open will be the Gulch (park with features) and Nitro (just a trail - no features) over at Carinthia.  On the main mountain, same trails as last weekend:  Cascade, Canyon, Long John, Ridge, Snowdance and Launch Pad.  The best cord will be on Long John, Cascade, Canyon and Launch Pad.  The others are getting a groom as I type but will also have a sweet layer of natural snow on top.

We will fire up snowmaking on Thursday and start work on Lodge, Exhibition, Freefall and finish River Run.  We still have a lot of snow to make in Nitro.  And there are a few other spots you will see snowmaking.

Thanks Mike for posting photos for me.

5:30 am - Happy Thanksgiving!!!  The snow total at my house is 12.5 inches.  Can't wait to get to work and see what we have on the mountain.  See you on the hill.

turkey

I have a great job.  This is the sight I walk into this morning.

canyon

carinthia

 

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