Chait here, covering for Ron, covering for Hugh today. I’m going to go out on a limb and say today is the best day of the season so far. Sure, we’ve had some truly memorable days this season to date, but today seemed to be a combination of all the best scenarios. Temps were mild, winds very low, and there’s so much wonderful powder up on the hill! Many were treated to some fantastic fresh lines on Madonna, due in part to cold weather closings over the past week. On top of that, 2-4 inches of fresh snow fell overnight combined with some new snow yesterday and two feet in the last week!
I heard some comments (and even joined in, myself) from the more experienced skiers and riders about how nice the snow was sliding. Again, we owe this to temperatures being much closer to the freezing point. When the weather is super cold, wax can’t melt that tiny layer of snow, and thus, there’s no lubrication between your equipment and the snow surface to keep you sliding. Now that the snow is fast again, it’s much easier to slide that equipment around underfoot!
Great conditions for all!
The warmer temps are keeping the fresh snow nice and soft on the groomers as well. I saw people of all ability levels out enjoying the nice quiet turns! Even the youngest of the shredders! Folks out taking lessons today were very happy with the way the snow felt.
For tomorrow, we plan on opening F.I.S. back up from the top with manmade snowmaking whales. These last few days, it has been closed due to a full-on snowmaking annihilation. That means Catwalk will again offer access to Freefall, Robin’s, and Madonna Liftline, as well as Lower Catwalk. While it was fun taking upper Madonna Liftline to access Freefall and the Black Hole today, it was certainly challenging negotiating the obstacles exposed by the strong winds associated with last Thursday’s storm. I’m a glutton for punishment, so I didn’t really mind it, but I know plenty of people who will appreciate the access from Catwalk, that’s for sure!
What’s happening this weekend?
We’re ready for a great holiday weekend! While there is some clear snow in the forecast for Friday, we expect it to clear out and finish off with the real kind…the white stuff. And we might just see quite a few inches of it. It’s a little early to tell for sure how much. We’re kicking off our brand new Kids’ Club this weekend with special activities, gift packs for kids, and much more, so be sure to ask about it when checking in at the Guest Service Desk. Your kids will NOT be disappointed, and it will certainly be nice to have some activities for them to work on while you do parent stuff. Find out more info about Kids’ Club here.