Thursday, January 8, 2015
I know, I know. You are too tired from the holiday. You maxed out all your credit cards. Your local meteorologist told you to stay inside. These are excuses folks. And real skiers (and snowboarders) don't make excuses...we create reasons to justify our longings to be one with the mountains. We skiers learned long ago how to let go of excuses, duties and day-to-day monotany. Right?
As always, I am here to help. 5 reasons to let go and get here, now.
1) WEATHER - let's embrace the elephant in the room and throw down the facts, not the propaganda that those meteorologists are feeding you. There are a few hearty weather forecasters out there (thank you) but let's face it, not many of them see temps of 12 degrees as a perfect opportunity to make snow!
Mount Snow weekend forecast
SATURDAY: 2-6 degrees at the summit and 10-14 degrees at the base. Partly cloudy with a chance of flurries.
SUNDAY: 15-19 degrees at the summit and 22-26 at the base. Partly cloudy changing over to partly sunny.
That's not so bad - downright balmy compared to last night. That is what balaclavas, hand warmers and hot cocoa is made for. And please do not forget our extra special 6-pack bubble chair, the Bluebird Express.
2) SNOW - ready for some really good news? Here is where we have made snow in the last 7 days:
Upper & Lower Exhibition
And when we fire up later today we go to:
Ta! Da! Our snowmakers (and groomers trying to keep up with them) are so dedicated! Thanks guys and gal.
Along with all of the snow we have manufactured, Mother Nature pitched in with 1-3 inches on Mon, Tues and Wed. Light snow and flurries predicted every day this week. These little hits are uber refreshing!
#3) NON-HOLIDAY: This weekend is non-holiday, which means Classic Passes are wide open. Traditionally, it is a little slower this weekend as our skiers and riders stay home and take down the Christmas tree and catch up on the 15 loads of laundry from last week. Just sayin'.
#4) AM EXPRESS: The Bluebird Express will open at 7:30 a.m. for season passholders and Grand Summit/condo owners every Saturday through March 7. If you have never tried this, it is a real treat! Lift access will be available anytime between 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. (you do not have to be there at 7:30 a.m.) and only the Main Face will be open to ski/ride before 8 a.m. Obviously, be sure to have your season pass with you or we cannot let you on the lift. Grand Summit/condo owners, please have your partners program card with you.
#5) CARINTHIA PARKS: Heaps of fun. The lower part of the Gulch is being rebuilt and will open on Friday, just in time for the USASA Slopestyle over the weekend. Stop by to see some up-and-coming youth showing off thier talents. Even more exciting is the debut of The Farm - opening Saturday. That gives us four parks for your skiing and riding pleasure. Great job park crew!
The list could go on and on and on. But let's keep it short and sweet so you have plenty of time to pack and group text your friends to let them know that Mount Snow is a go this weekend. See ya on the hill.
Thursday, Jan 8 sunrise. Big Dipper say hello to the Moon.
January 9th update: 3 more inches of snow overnight and still lightly falling at 7:30 am. That is a total of 9" of natural snowfall this week! Snowmaking last night had to change plans due to some nasty southwest winds. As I type we are making snow on Deer Run, Canyon, Prospector, half pipe, Long and Little John and Lower Exhibition. As the winds shift today we will fire up on Beartrap, South Bowl. After that the snowmakers move to Ripcord and Committed. That is the plan - we'll see how it goes. With these temps production is abundant so let's hope to lap these trails sometime this weekend. Update on the Farm - looks like we will continue the build on Saturday so it should open later on Sat or Sun.
1/9 - My favorite early run of the day!
To Ledge, to Choke
to Roller Coaster