Craig's Report - December 14, 2007
Cedar Bowl Opens
Just a quick report that Cedar Bowl is now somewhat open and the Haul Back and Boomerang lifts are in operation. The only recommended skiing in Cedar were the groomed runs (Cruiser, Cedar Centre and Trillium) and brief excursions off groomed quickly confirmed the wisdom of those recommendations. Coverage wasn't the problem, but rather the uneven rain crust under and sometimes above the snow, which mixed with wind slabbed snow made things all too interesting and certainly not pleasant.
Cedar and Snake Ridges were closed as were the KC Chutes and lower Cedar Centre, leaving the Cruiser tuck out as the only route to the bottom. This was a bit icy and thin, but certainly acceptable. Even lower North Ridge from the Haul Back down was not bad, although it is hard to imagine it withstanding much traffic. On the lower part you could amuse yourself slaloming around the small weeds, while lower Linda's Run was rather overly twiggy.
On the new side Gilmar Trail is now open, but not recommended and while I did not try it myself, a friend who did said it wasn't too bad, except narrow and icy in spots. Hmmmmm.
Snow is predicted to start shortly and the hill thinks 6 to 12 cms might fall tomorrow, with more expected in the following days. It will be much appreciated, especially as traffic will be increasing significantly as groups start arriving this weekend.
At 16:15 it is -5 C at the house and partially cloudy.