April 20, 2017 – Morning Report
We’ve got gray skies and some light precipitation falling this morning, but the snow is soft and there are some fun turns up there! We received quite a bit of rain yesterday and last night, which did saturate the snowpack. In spots it firmed up, especially where the snow wasn’t groomed, but for the most part the snow is soft and slushy.
The Mountain Ops team groomed 24 trails last night, which like yesterday are offering the best skiing this morning. There’s great coverage on trails that received snowmaking this season, although there are some bare spots starting to show up, especially in areas that get a lot of sun exposure. Keep an eye out for bare spots and ski at a slower speed than normal until you’ve located them. With the low cloud cover and precipitation visibility is tricky, which makes them even harder to spot.
Off the groomers conditions are variable. In spots the snow is soft and slushy, but in other spots it’s scraped off leaving a firmer layer underneath. Also, because we’ve had a relatively rapid melt of what was a very deep snowpack there’s quite a bit of debris on natural snow trails. This afternoon will likely be the best time to ski ungroomed, steeper terrain as the temperatures are expected to rise into the 40s.
Stowe Parks has given us a little end-of-the-season gift by dropping a series of rails into the North Slope Terrain Park. Tyro is still open, but the features have all but melted out, so North Slope will be the best place to get tricky through the remainder of the season.
See you on the slopes!
Average Base Depths:
Snowmaking: 18″ – 48″
Natural Snow: 0″ – 24″
Mt. Mansfield Stake: 75″
Season Total: 375″
Alpine Snow Report
Some nice soft turns on this gray morning
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