At sunrise, we have a temperature of 34 at Main Lodge with a 20 up top.
Winds over the summit are gusting to 71 MPH out of the NE. Lower down the mountain the winds are much less at 18 MPH at times out of the North.
Weather for today will be Sunny, with a high near 37. Looks like a repeat on Thursday. There is a slight chance of showers now on Friday with some strong SW winds in the forecast.
Local area roads are now chain free, however, side streets and some shady areas are still white and have black ice on them so use caution in those areas.
The base out on the hill is 37 inches at Main Lodge with 60 inches over the upper mountain. The Canyon Lodge and Eagle Lodge areas have a solid 18 to 36 inches.
Surface conditions on the groomers are firming up, now that it’s been a week without any new snow. Just about every groomer I skied this AM was a bit firm with the WNW flow on the mountain keeping the snow pack solid.
The snow should be better on Thursday morning on the groomers as we return to a South West wind.
Mid Mountain: Over on Chair 3 West Bowl has good coverage if you come in from Saddle Bowl. Center Bowl also is skiing great with a fast and flat groomed out surface.
The Face of Chair 5 is ski-able with some fun wind buff lines. However coverage is thin on the face runs so be ready to ski around some rocks and tree tops still sticking out. Solitude is all groomed out nice and wide, with great coverage.
Over on chair 9 I would avoid the non groomed runs, this area is still in very low tide conditions. The runs that are groomed down to 9 are in good shape with full coverage. Nice to get some early morning runs on 9 with it’s full on sunshine to start the day.
Conditions up top are a midwinter packed powder mixed with soft and firm wind buff spots. You will find bumpy areas and some flat spots.
Dave’s has been going off at times this week and should offer some windy skiing fun again on Friday.
The Cornice is now getting groomed so you can get you’re early morning speed fix flying down the groomed surface.
ALL Lifts are Open for the Holidays and the 2019 Winter Season
Snowmaking: Will continue as conditions allow to re-enforce the base of snow we have on the hill.
The Night of Lights is this Saturday at Canyon Lodge. The fun starts at 4:30 PM with the Fireworks Show at 6:45 PM. Here is a link to get the details.
12-12-2018 – Looks like a break in the weather over the next few days. As of this morning, we are looking to see a few snow showers this Friday into Friday night. We could see 0-2 inches from that system above 9000 feet.
By Sunday into Monday, the system we have been watching appears to want to split. It still looks to be enough push of moisture into the area for a few inches of fresh snow to refresh things out on the hill.
Beyond that time frame it appears we will head into a new weather pattern that will be dry into the new year.
The holidays look to offer up lot’s of bluebird days as of this post. Things can still change so check back before heading up.
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Thanks so much, see ya on the Hill!
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