We plan to add Scott at Alpine and KT-22 at Palisades to the schedule on Wednesday. A lot of work goes into prepping these two lifts, even with the help of more than two feet of recent snowfall up top. Patrol, Lift Operations, and Lift Maintenance teams will be working throughout the day tomorrow to set ropes, finish ramps, and work out any last-minute kinks in the chairlift. So while you may see these chairs spinning tomorrow, our opening goal is Wednesday.
The snow we got is light in density and compacts easily under the weight of snowcats. Building access roads and ramps in such cold snow can be harder. Another storm with a wetter, higher-density snowpack would go a long way in continuing our terrain expansion.
Photo: Teams working on KT-22 today. Taken by Jimmy King, Palisades Mountain Manager.
Lift & Terrain Updates:
- There may be limited grooming off of KT-22.
- Our grooming and snowmaking departments are continuing to work on Headwall, but we do not have a set opening date yet. We were able to open the Sun Bowl terrain for the first time today. Our Ski Patrol will continue to expand off-piste skiing where they can.
- Granite Chief still needs more snow at the bottom. Solitude is close to being ready. Silverado is not even on the table yet.
- We’ve seen a lot of questions about Lakeview and Sherwood. We do not have estimated openings for either of these chairlifts yet. We simply need more snow to be able to get snowcats back there to start work on access roads and chairlift ramps.
We are finally seeing a solid chance of snow in the forecast every day for the foreseeable future:
- 1-3 inches by Wednesday morning
- 7-15 inches by Thursday morning
- Friday will probably be a clearer day.
- Storms return on Saturday with ranges from 3 to 18 inches depending on the elevation. There are still several days to watch this storm take shape.
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