A Blast of Winter
After a bit of a dry spell it appears that winter has made a comeback on the slopes of mt Werner. With only a few weeks left in the season it’s easy to look forward to sunny weekend groomer days and warm temps for the upcoming free concerts. However, when I got up this morning and saw fresh snow on the ground I couldn’t help but smile and embrace the stormy weather. There was only an inch or so of new snow when we opened this morning, but it’s dumping out and looks like it will keep going until tomorrow.
Since the storm just started this morning, the snow totals aren’t going to be huge but it’s coming down heavy and wet so it should cover most of the icy stuff by the afternoon. I found a lot of great turns this morning in Sunshine bowl where the groomed runs that had a nice creamy layer of fresh snow on top. Sunshine lift line is usually my go-to run in the area, but any of the groomed runs like Quickdraw or Flintlock should be in good shape today.
From the looks of the gondola square web cam, it looks like people are starting to show up, but the mountain should stay pretty wide open for most of the day. I was surprised to see a nearly empty first tracks line this morning and almost no one on the slopes up top. Fortunately for me the ski patrollers were out checking on the hazard markers or else I might not have found anyone to photograph. As you can see, the turns on High Noon all the way down to West Side were nice and smooth this morning.
The weather report for the top of the mountain is looking pretty good for the rest of the day and tonight. It looks like we can expect to get around 3-5 inches during the day and another couple of inches overnight. So it won’t be a full on powder day, but combined with the warm weather it should be enough to make for a good time on the groomed runs. Later in the day we might have enough accumulation to start venturing into the bumps too.
With the season starting to wind down it’s best to savor days like today. Soon enough the storms and snowy weather will fade into spring and we will left with only memories of powder days and anticipation for winters to come. So get out there and enjoy the stormy conditions.
Dan Tullos, snowboarder
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