October 25, 2001
It continues to be a very promising fall and not since 1996 has it been as inpiring this early in the season. It is probably foolish to read much into this, but that fall presaged our last really bountiful snow year and while it is quite possible that a warm rain will wash everything away down at the base, it seems likely that the snow will remain and hopefully accumulate up top. Indeed although it has rained down low this afternoon, up on the mountain it was still snowing. This is markedly different from last year at this time, when a snowless hike to the summit of Polar Peak was still possible.
Although my afternoon walk ended at the top of Ballet (no I didn't take skis), apparently up at the snow plot on Bear almost a half a meter of snow had accumulated. Of course there were numerous hopeful folks heading up to get their first tracks of the season and I heard reports of skiing North Ridge down to Cedar Trail without hitting anything. I couldn't help being a bit skeptical of that last claim, but when I walked down Ballet the snow was almost gaiter deep, so perhaps if they were very careful and very lucky.
At five thirty it is 2 C on the porch and overcast with heavy looking
clouds hanging over the hill.