We got 9″ of base-area snow since Thursday, which means we will have just enough snow to prep our slopes for opening this Friday, December 14th.
It’s been an extremely odd year for preseason snow. We have a whopping 60″ on the summit, and barely 12″ in the base area.
That means Opening Day could look a little different than what you’re used to.
WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Thanks to another 8″ of fresh snow, we know FOR SURE that we will open 100% of our terrain with at least 4 of our 5 chairlifts running Friday, including the Bear Chair. All of our primary runs have been groomed at least once this week, most of them twice. See you Friday!
WHAT WE KNOW FOR SURE:
We know for sure that we have enough snow to open the BlueBird Quad, Lakeview Lift and Easy Street on Friday.
As these photos show, the upper two-thirds to three-quarters of the mountain have excellent coverage and even a nice topping of powder.
I couldn’t make it back to Lakeview to bring you any photos, but our hearty hikers and mountain crews tell me it looks fantastic…mid-winter fantastic. And check out how much snow is up at the top of the Bluebird:
The lower part of Main Street does have a thin cover in places, so if these twigs intimidate you, you will want to take it slow.
(The last pitch of Alpine is likely to be in similar condition.)
Still, we know for sure that our skiers and riders are eager to get up there and enjoy this!
WHAT WE WON’T KNOW FOR SURE UNTIL LATER THIS WEEK:
We don’t know yet if we’ll be able to run the Bear Chair or Centennial. The thinnest snow of all is at the base of these two lifts. As you can see, it’s pretty hairy down there.
Some of the runs on the lower 300-400 feet of the mountain may remain closed, as well. (The slopes in question are those off the Bear Chair and the lower parts of 45th and Temptation, Sensation, Celebration, etc.)
The good news is that there is a chance of some more fresh snow – Pinpoint Forecast – and that could make a difference on those lower slopes.
We will bring you an update by Thursday to let you know exactly what you can expect for Friday’s opening day. But if what I saw on the upper mountain is any indication, confident skiers and riders have a lot to be excited about.