April 15, 2018 – Afternoon Report
And that’s a wrap on the 2017/18 ski season at Stowe! It wasn’t your average closing day today thanks to unseasonably warm temperatures and consistent, but varied, precipitation over the past couple days. It’s been a mixture of sleet, rain, and snow over the past 24 hours or so, resulting in some very unusual conditions for April 15th.
The groomers were much better today than yesterday, but the snow that fell last night was quite granular, so it was easily skidded away revealing the firm icier layer that we were skiing yesterday. Still, it was much easier to find soft turns and edge-able snow today. Steeper terrain was also re-opened today thanks to last night’s snowfall. The consistent precipitation today wasn’t all snow, although at times it did help refresh the trails a little bit.
Off the groomers if you were the first person to hit the fresh snow it was quite fun, but anything after the first few tracks was pretty icy. The wet, granular snow from last night did bond relatively well to the icy layer underneath, which really helped recover un-groomed terrain, but it wasn’t deep enough to cover it completely. Despite it not being ideal snow or ideal weather, it was still nice to ski some fresh snow on closing day.
See you next season!
Average Base Depths:
Snowmaking: 30″ – 60″
Natural Snow: 8″ – 30″
Mt. Mansfield Stake: 86″
Season Total: 264″
Alpine Snow Report
Not ideal weather or snow, but a fun closing day!
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