Opening Day 2008

Brundage Snow Blog
December 20, 2008 by

Opening Day Crowd Braves COLD Temperatures

What a pleasure to have fresh powder for opening day! We got two inches of fresh snow overnight, bringing our total for the last 7 days to 33 inches.

Here are some photos of the Opening Day fun:

Opening Day Crowd Braves COLD Temperatures
Knee-Deep Powder on Opening Day

Knee-Deep Powder on Opening Day

Face Shots on Main Street

Face Shots on Main Street

Next Generation of Powder Hounds

Next Generation of Powder Hounds

The Bear's Den offers a great place to warm up

The Bear's Den offers a great place to warm up

Several of our visitors today were wondering why Main Street and Alpine were not groomed.  You may not realize that a week ago, we had less than a foot of snow on the mountain. All of the snowfall we’ve had since then has been very light “champagne” powder, with extremely low moisture content. That snow doesn’t pack down very easily, and both Main Street and Alpine are very rocky slopes with many natural gullies in them. Grooming those runs would have merely kicked those rocks up to the surface of the snow, making them more hazardous to our visitors and their gear. We hope the storm that’s coming in Sunday and Sunday night (1-2 feet of new snow predicted) will give us the extra depth we need to pack and groom those runs.

We also encourage our visitors to pick up a new trail map each time they visit. Our new trail maps are printed daily with a list of groomed runs and other important messages for our skiers and riders. You can get those at the ticket window, OR check out our website’s grooming report. There’s a link to it on our popular Snow Report page. Thanks to everyone who joined us for opening day to track some snow and share some smiles!