Saturday, May 7, 2016

Pali and North Glade Closing

We did have a couple of notable trail closures this afternoon. We closed the Pallavicini and North Glade Gates. Our Snow Safety Team has been busy digs holes in the snowpack, monitoring instrumentation in the snowpack and generally keeping a very close eye on the steep terrain. What they have found is a lot of water moving through the snow. When this water hits loose, faceted snow near the ground, snow structure weakens and we can see avalanche problems. That is just about to happen on the North Side of the mountain. So....we closed these areas.

At the snow surface level, this can be deceiving. Today the top of the snow was firm, but you did not have to dig very deep to find plenty of loose, wet and unconsolidated snow. The actual snow surface, whether firm or soft, has very little to do with our decision. The concern lies in the areas not readily visible.

So is this closure forever? If we get sustained freezing temperatures and the snowpack "locks up" again, yes, we can re-open these zones.

Pali Lift remains open.


6 comments:

BPappas said...

Ramrod bumps were awesome this afternoon. Thanks for keeping it bumped up.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your efforts Al.

Anonymous said...

Like a lot of people, I love basin for the steep terrain. But come this time of the year, the spring groomers can be really fun. Specially during an slow day. pedal to the metal...

Breckin' Bad said...

How does this work now that the temps have dropped and snow is in the forecast? Is this a day to day call or can we expect the Pali terrain to be closed for the duration of the season? It's all good either way as it's a treat that you're still open, just kinda like to know b4 I buy a lift ticket.

Anonymous said...

That is a great question. It is a day to day, hour to hour decision. While the last 36 were colder, they were not cold enough. Snow temps within the pack continue to rise. To re-open, we need colder temps sustained for a longer period of time. New snow makes the skiing great, but it also acts as a blanket and insulates the snow from colder air temps. So in this scenario, it did not help much. Hope this answer helps a little.

Breckin' Bad said...

It absolutely helps and I like the weather talk (new snow is a beautiful thing) ... Thank you for such a quick response this late in the season! Can't wait for the expansion to occur. Keep up the great work!