December 7, 2017
What a difference 24 hours can make! Another round of grooming combined with about an inch of natural snow and the conditions are drastically better than yesterday. There’s still a firm layer underneath the fresh snow we received, but the grooming team did a great job working that granular snow into a smoother surface. Snow showers are expected to continue throughout the day with mild temperatures in the lower 30s.
Most trails were freshly groomed last night, including Nosedive and Upper Hayride. Nosedive may have been one of the highlights of the day in sharp contrast to yesterday when it was probably the toughest way down the hill. Lord, North Slope, Standard, and all the trails on that side of the mountain are back to skiing more like packed powder than loose granular conditions. While there is about an inch of fresh snow on top of the groomers, it’s not quite enough to make it bumpy or variable and the snow is very light, so conditions should stay consistent throughout the day.
Off the groomers we still need a little more snow to really refresh conditions. That firm layer underneath in ungroomed spots can kind of buck you as it’s still pretty bumpy from the thaw/freeze cycle. If you are venturing into ungroomed spots we recommend skiing at moderate speeds so you can better anticipate the variable snow surface ahead of you.
Temperatures are expected to stay consistently cold through the extended forecast. That should really allow for some significant snowmaking and we should see the Gondola opening very soon.
See you on the slopes!
Average Base Depths:
Snowmaking: 12″ – 36″
Natural Snow: 4″ – 8″
Mt. Mansfield Stake: 15″
Season Total: 38″
Alpine Snow Report
What a difference some fresh snow makes!
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