Sunday, October 31, 2010

Whole Lotta' Footpackin' Going On

Great weekend with the Ski Patrol all the mountain. Lots of skis cuts, foot packing, and charges. Even had a crew on Pali.














10 comments:

Noah Juran said...

how is the upper moutian looking? estimated opening? haloween photos

Anonymous said...

Great early season conditions and great work from your crew!

Can you explain the purpose of footpacking? From an untrained eye it looks like a lot of work. Obviously, there is a purpose but I am unclear.

Looking forward to many weekends up there!

Anonymous said...

Nny news on the upper moutian

Kevin from Golden said...

need volunteers?

Anonymous said...

When can we expect top to bottom skiing?

Anonymous said...

when can we expect top to bottom skiing?

josh said...

well Al.. your our superhero! keep it up. got any idea for upper mountain or has the stink'n warm weather got to your snowmakers :( well your friends at keystone open on the 5th so that will probably mean traffic'll be a little more spread out (hopefully) cause i die hard 4 abasin...already been up 4x and the early snow is great!

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

When will the Upper Mountain open? OK, I am not quite ready to fully commit to a specific day, but I am pretty sure we will get there by the weekend. Look for an official decision about Thursday. Essentially, 80-90% of Lenawee Face/Dercum's Gulch is ready to go. The snowmakers are filling in a couple of gaps that could use some more coverage. I am very optimistic about having two lifts for the weekend. Previously, I said we would open Lenawee Mountain Lift first. That has changed. It looks like we will open Norway Lift first and move to Lenawee Mountain in a week or so.

We foot-pack, boot-pack, and ski-pack trails for a couple of reasons.

1) Packing the early snow gives us a better base and the quality of the skiing is better with new snow.

2) Compacted snow can be better for avalanche conditions. The consolidated snow is less prone to sliding and less prone to weakening. For those really interested in learning about snow, I recommend, The Avalanche Handbook, available on Amazon.com. It is very thorough and detailed book on snow and avalanches.

Anonymous said...

When can we expect top to bottom skiing?

Anonymous said...

Al,

Thank you for the explanation on the purpose of footpacking!