The stoke was high this morning with Alpine reporting 13” of new snowfall in the last 24 hours. The Summit and Roundhouse lift corrals were full by 9am as people were excited to ski all of that fresh new snow. On our first chair ride up, we saw lots of back seat bandits flying down the hill, really having difficulty making turns. The best turns were definitely higher up the mountain in the morning. North Peril specifically had my favorite turns. I hit a lot of icy bumps under the surface when trying to ski Pete’s Peril today. The Palisades zone also had some decent snow in it, but the visibility was not as good.
We skipped Roundhouse and went to the top of Summit. The snow coverage is still great here—we did a few laps in Alpine and Wolverine bowls. The upper parts of both bowls still hold snow very well, and we found excellent corn skiing there, especially on the groomed parts.
The saving grace this time of year is a solid overnight freeze. Luckily, last night’s freeze was more solid than the previous night. The morning started with some firm groomers.
I arrived at Palisades late this morning under sunny skies with temperatures climbing up to about 60º F. A slight breeze could be felt down in the parking lot, but it wasn’t until our first chair up KT-22 near the summit that we realized there were actually some pretty blustery winds, keeping the snow (and us) cool despite the sunshine and warm temps.