Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Snow and Answering Questions

Great skiing this afternoon. It is good out there. With last night's snow, the storm was at 16" for 3 days. While we were not really able to re-open trails, the quality of what is open improved dramatically. While Pali Face and The Spine probably were quite good, there just wasn't quite enough cover the bare spots down low.

We are planning on closing June 3. We also plan on remaining open 7 days per week until then. Is that an absolute answer? Probably not. Keep in mind, we had an excellent snowmaking season in October, November, and December. All of that snow is still out there. I feel pretty confident that we are going to make it. Only time and the weather will tell. A couple of more decent storms and we should be in fine shape.

What is orographic lifting? When an air mass moves and hits a mountain range, the air mass lifts. As it lift it cools. The cooling often forms clouds and may create precipitation.


Anonymous said...

Hi Al, I was just wondering when was the last year that the East Wall didn't open? still hoping maybe it could open if a few more storms roll in but ..... :) Love your blog! thanks!

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Last time the East Wall did not open was the 2001-02 season.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure you can't have a limited open of the East Wall? I know the chutes are W/SW/NW facing, but they have to be skiable.

The snowpack is fairly stable and this is the time of year to hit the chutes. Short AM openings with closings at 11 would be worth it.