The snow quality was exceptional for the Sierra and we did not have a bad run all day. With more snow on the way and cold temps these next few days, the conditions are all-time.
This report was written by James Yim.
After receiving 32” of new snow over the last two days, the stoke was high on Monday morning at Alpine Meadows. Most of the mountain was on wind hold through the Sunday storm, so there were plenty of fresh lines to be skied. After a cold pow day for the ages on Sunday at Palisades and cold temps overnight, I had a feeling things would be just as good today.
Huge props go out to the ski patrol and mountain ops teams at Alpine for having all of the main lifts (minus Lakeview) ready to go for a 9am start. I was a bit nervous when leaving this morning about how big the crowds might be for a Monday pow day, but it was all for naught. The lift line at Summit chair never even filled the lift corral at the 9am opening and by the 2nd lap, the wait was only a couple of minutes.
We got fresh lines in Wolverine Bowl and The Sisters for our first two laps on Summit and the snow was cold and deep! The snow quality was exceptional for the Sierra and we heard non-stop hooting and hollering all the way down. We were also blessed with some clear skies for the first hour or two of the morning.
After that, we decided to head over to Scott chair, which just started getting some sunlight on Scott Chute. These runs did not disappoint either. We did a few runs here down the Chute and around the back to Gentian Gully and Promised Land which also had amazing quality snow. We did not have a bad run the entire day.
By mid-morning, another storm rolled back in and brought more snow and low visibility. We ventured back to Summit for one of my favorite low viz runs at Alpine – D8 to The Face. Pro-tip is to ski in or near trees when the visibility gets low for some light contrast.
With more snow on the way and cold temps these next few days, the conditions are all-time. Get it while it’s good!