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December 5, 2017 – Morning Report

It’s easy to look towards the mountain and think, “oh it must be raining up there,” on a day like today, but you don’t know unless you go. While we do have some rain in the forecast it hadn’t begun to fall when the lifts started spinning this morning. The snow surface is actually really good right now, although visibility makes it tough to really take advantage of it to the fullest. Still, today is much better skiing than expected.

The grooming team did a great job laying down the corduroy last night, despite the fact that temperatures never really dropped below freezing. The snow surface is relatively soft, but not so soft that it’s going to get messy quickly. It is, however, easy to edge and allows for some really fun turns. As mentioned, visibility is tough, which kind of forces you to maintain a slower speed to stay safe. This morning it was really foggy around mid-mountain with some breaks near the top. The bottom third of the mountain is relatively clear.

Off the groomers conditions are still pretty variable. With the low visibility it makes it pretty challenging when you’re not on groomed snow as it’s tough for your eyes to pick up variations in the snow surface. If you’re heading out on the slopes today we recommend sticking to groomed terrain, unless we see clouds lift and visibility improve a little.

We expect the warm weather to stick around through tomorrow with colder temperatures coming back Wednesday night. That will give the snowmaking team a chance to turn the guns back on and rework snow conditions going into the weekend.

See you on the slopes!

Average Base Depths:
Snowmaking: 12″ – 36″
Natural Snow: 4″ – 12″
Mt. Mansfield Stake: 18″
Season Total: 37″

Alpine Snow Report

Soft snow, but tough visibility this morning.


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