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. If only it was a few degrees colder. It turned out to be some of the heaviest snow I’ve skied all season.
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.
By around 11 am, the clouds started to clear lower down the mountain, but the top of Summit remained in a cloud. The Dancefloor groomer probably had the most consistent turns of the day, as it must have been groomed this morning. Werner’s Schuss, on the other hand, was heavy snow to start the day and turned into lumpy bumps.
I was really hoping that the heavy snow would turn into soft powder bumps by mid day, but it seemed like many of the skiers had already bailed by then, so there was not enough skier traffic to form the bumps.
The temps continued to warm throughout the day, so we started to experience some sticky snow as well. Don’t forget to wax your skis this time of year, folks!
It looks like another storm rolls in tonight bringing snow and wind. Fingers crossed that the winds aren’t strong enough to impact the chair lifts.