Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pali Lift and More Terrain

Pali Lift is now operating with its normal hours. It will be open from 9 to 3:30 weekdays and 8:30 to 3:30 on weekends. We are starting to see some limited openings on the North side. Yesterday the Standard - 13 Cornices zone was open for the afternoon. It was only good if you like skiing powder. Pallavicini trail is just around the corner.

OK. "Snow Management 101". In general, snow becames firmer once it is compacted. It is hard to keep snow in place on steeper terrain. When we first open the steep stuff, we often open it for several short periods. This allows the snow to be compacted without being skied to ground. We may do this several times particularly trying to mix it up with new snow and kind wind. It gets firmer and more durable and ultimately is better skiing and lasts longer. Anyway, sorry for the diatribe, but I think people wonder why we open bits and pieces for short periods. There is a method to the madness.