Craig's Report - December 14, 2005
Has the Griz gone Grinch?
This is the time of year one would hope that the Griz would be stocking the mountain with fluffy treats for the Holiday season, but he has been missing in action and the long range weather forecasts are fueling rumours he has gone over to the dark side. However given the accuracy of forecasts, that might actually be a good sign. In any event it is at least cold and now that I am sort of over mourning last week�s wind assassinated powder, the skiing seems pretty good.
True there are rocks and assorted hazards to watch for in various places and areas that aren�t groomed or well trammelled are still overly interesting. Otherwise the snow is generally firm, without being icy. Most groomed stuff is excellent, although something went rather wrong when they attempted to groom Down Right, which may not have had quite enough snow for underlying lumpiness. Even the often troubled old Lizard Trail pitch right below the Bear�s Den, which I think is now part of Bear Right, was in quite good shape.
Off piste, things varied from firm but grippy bumps where there had been lots of traffic, through rather rough chopped slab to full blown crud, with hard, soft, ruts, holes and the odd stump etc. all possible in the course of any one turn. You might even score the odd powder turn in that less travelled potpourri. Even the crud areas seem to be getting more manageable every day, although whether that is do to real improvement or forced familiarity leading to the reacquisition of crud legs, is hard to say. Either way I found myself actually enjoying it.
These are definitely early season conditions, but all in all still quite good. Still I keep hoping the Griz will soon come through with lots of powdery presents under that myriad of Christmas trees up there.
At 17:45 it is -11 C here at the house, under a mainly clear sky.