Thursday, May 5, 2016

Getting Warm

After a weekend of winter-like weather and powder skiing, we have had several very warm days. Today the temperature at mid-mountain reached 52 F. This makes for beautiful spring skiing with lots of shorts and bathing suits on the hill. It also makes for quality time in the Adirondack chairs out on the deck.

It also means that water is starting to move through the snow, which is not great news. When lots of water is moving through the snow and lubricating snow crystals, avalanches become more likely. We don't like avalanches and want to avoid them.  As a result some of the steeper areas may close early each day or may not even open. This afternoon we closed the East Wall and West Zuma prior to normal lift closing time. Plenty of great skiing to go, but not all of the steep terrain may be available.


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am assuming that you closed them for the day. If conditions permit, will they open again?

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

Absolutely yes, if conditions permit, they will re-open.

Anonymous said...

Still open til 6/5?

Alan Henceroth - COO said...

June 5, easy.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to you and the ABSP crew for keeping an eye on that stuff so we don't have to.

Does the equipment on the Spine measure water moving through the snowpack, or is there somewhere else you measure it? Might be a good topic for a future blog post.