The big question - when are we going to open? Here's the scoop - we received about a foot of snow the last 36 hours. It's very light and powdery, but not ideal for building a base on. The weather forecast doesn't show much moisture after this pulse - we may have some flurries but it doesn't look like anything substantial at least before the weekend. So our "unsettled" base is around two feet in the base area. It will pack down to half that amount so we'll probably need more snow to provide the coverage we would want for opening. We'll see what the weather brings, and we'll continue to prepare.
We have begun "snow farming" - we're making snow when the conditions allow and we're transporting parking lot snow to the slopes. We're treating this snowfall as though it will be the base upon we build our season. We don't take the early snow lightly. And we're looking ahead to the next storm or series of storms to see if we have the ability to sustain an opening. We like to connect a good opening to a good season.
Our standard response to "when will you open" is "As soon as we can provide a quality product that we can sustain." According to the forecasters, we are going to have a long and snowy season - with above average snowfall. We're as anxious and excited as you are to get it going - and we'll be ready to go as soon as the snow allows! We'll keep you updated on this blog, on our conditions page and on our snow phones regarding any early opening announcements. Meanwhile, keep doing your snow dances. Come on La Nina!
Meanwhile, please enjoy this video put together by our Mt. Communications team. It was shot by Adam Fleck and Pierce Hodges - Pierce edited and scored it. You'll be seeing a lot of their work on our site this winter. Enjoy!