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
I'll report back when it starts snowing.
10 am: Snow is lightly falling.
10:42 am snow accumulating and coming down strong.
11:45 am - coming down steady - enough for the kids to have fun in!!
1 pm chairs on Main St piling up
3 pm - stairs on to Clocktower deck
4:30 pm - 5 inches and still coming down steady.
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'
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.
I have a great job. This is the sight I walk into this morning.