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Private Reserve Opened Storm Recovery Efforts

The advanced gated access terrain in Private Reserve was opened for the first time this season Sunday. Elk and Yoda bowls and God's Wall were open and enjoyed by powder hounds. Private Reserve is part of our daily operational schedule, pending avalanche control work and conditions. We strongly recommend riding with a friend and carrying a beacon, shovel and probe. Pierce from mComm caught the action in PR Sunday.

The access gates to Heather Canyon and S&R Cliffs have not been opened, pending continued snow bridge building at the bottom of the canyon and assessment. Efforts continue and we'll provide updates here on the blog but for now please respect the boundaries - DO NOT duck a rope or pass through a closed gate. It only delays getting this terrain open.

Vista and Cascade are both on storm recovery. Our lift maintenance crews face major deicing - Vista was started Sunday and crews faced ladders totally encased in ice frozen to the tower itself. The break in the weather today will help and we'll get these lifts open as quickly as possible. Vista is much more likely than Cascade - since Cascade last opened we've had 115" of snow, 2.3" of rain, and 100mph wind gusts. It's going to be a huge undertaking to open it.

All the snow has also affected our park operations. They were buried so we're basically starting from scratch with rebuilds of The Zoo, Shipyard and Forest Park. The good news is we now have enough snow for constructing Rose City and Park Place, our more advanced parks which will have larger features and jumps.


  1. Aaron M.

    January 24, 2012

    So you strongly encourage having a beacon, shovel, and probe with you in the area yet the videographer is the only one even carrying a pack and he appears to be traveling alone?

    Sending quite the mixed message here...

    Meadows: Thanks for pointing this out. Our videographer has a beacon and is riding with others in Private Reserve. He's shooting different people who have dropped in. We will continue to recommend these items to all who pass through access gates to this exciting terrain.

  2. Chris

    January 24, 2012

    Thanks to your efforts yesterday in opening Cascade! It made an epic day epic-er. I was quite impressed with the amount of work required to get that lift going for us.

    Meadows: Thank you for your kind words - it is very uplifting to our lift maintenance crew.

  3. tuffy109

    January 24, 2012

    congratulate pierce on discovering the worst music ever.

    Meadows: OK. But I'll open this up to our blog readers. In your opinion, what is the worst music ever?

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