Craig's Report - December 06, 2007
Boo, Not Whoo, Hoo!
With the hill opening the day after tomorrow, I should be burning with powder fever, but alas this year the spirit, like the snow pack, is weak. The hill was still closed to hiking this morning, while they continued to expend enough explosives to do a small war proud. I think the signs may have come down later in the day, but by that time I had already headed out and so restricted myself to skulking around the lower mountain. It was a depressing walk.
The temperature has dropped and what snow there is down low is now crusty or icy depending on whether it was previously trodden upon. I am not sure what lifts or runs they will decided to open Saturday, but it seems hard to imagine the point of running Deer as there really isn't any place to ski from the top of it. Even Boomerang seems doubtful and indeed they will have to scramble to even find enough snow to get folks on the ramp.
One could hope it is better up top, but I heard a second hand story of one the most senior of the pro patrollers falling a half dozen times in a trip down the breaking crust on Arrow. If this be true, then what hope would there be for mere mortals who dare to venture off groomed. To add to the delights, the forecast for Saturday now suggests the morning might start off at a chilly -20 C.
Still for skiers the gloomiest time is just before the storm and it certainly wouldn't be unknown for the 'flurries' now predicted to develop into something more substantial and the cooler temperatures will allow for a bit more artifical snow to be made. Finally with expectations so low, anything this side of horrible on Saturday will undoubtedly be a spirit lifting delight.
At 16:00 it is -2 C at the house and snowing very lightly.