February 12, 2018 – Morning Report
As expected, the temperatures dropped overnight, which caused yesterday’s saturated snowpack to firm right up. Conditions are tough this morning, especially on ungroomed terrain which has mostly been closed. It’s windier than expected too, with some light snow coming with it this morning. The clouds are expected to clear, and we should see some sun by the afternoon, but the winds will likely remain. The Gondola is on wind hold, but all other lifts are running as scheduled.
Conditions on the groomers are firm frozen granular. The grooming team did try to do a second pass on some trails, but it didn’t really help soften those spots. It actually just chunked up the snow and kicked around those icy chunks, making for a pretty bumpy ride. Your best bet today will be to stay on the smoother groomed terrain. Although it’s pretty slick, as long as you have sharp edges you’ll be okay.
Off the groomers conditions are pretty treacherous right now, but as we mentioned last night it is set up to be an excellent base for our next storm. Those looking to ski natural snow trails and in the trees should probably wait for some fresh snow, unless you enjoy firm challenging conditions. Even still, Stowe has closed a lot of their natural snow trails. While you’ll still be able to duck into the trees, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it right now.
See you on the slopes!
Average Base Depths:
Snowmaking: 30″ – 60″
Natural Snow: 14″ – 28″
Mt. Mansfield Stake: 60″
Season Total: 167″
Alpine Snow Report
Firm, frozen, fast, and somewhat frightful
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