January 12, 2018
Well, it’s raining pretty hard at the mountain and it’s also pretty windy. Let’s be honest, it’s not the best day to be out on the slopes. On the bright side, however, we have a pretty deep snowpack in most spots and this rain is supposed to switch over to snow tonight. With any luck we’ll come out of this storm about even in terms of snow loss and/or gain. If you are heading out on the mountain today wear a waterproof layer or just throw a poncho on over your normal outerwear. You’ll be glad you did. The Gondola is starting the day on wind hold, which is usually the best option for these wet days.
The conditions on the groomers are pretty interesting today. Despite the warm weather the cold snowpack is actually keeping the snow pretty firm in most spots. It looks like the grooming team got out early and focused on lower angle trails where they wouldn’t damage the snowpack. Most spots that got hit with a groomer set up last night and are pretty firm today. Even some trails that typically get groomed, but didn’t last night, were still quite firm. Whether it was groomed or not there’s some imperfections in the snow surface thanks to the steady rain.
Off the groomers conditions are more inconsistent and variable. Steeper natural snow trails will be closed today in order to preserve base depths as best as possible. Lower angle runs will be open and the snow is really soft and manky in spots, while other areas are firm like the groomers. It’s somewhat hard to predict what is going to be soft and what’s going to be firm, although it’s safe to say the snow surface will only soften throughout the day. Where it is soft the snow is very saturated, creating a heavy, thick layer that you kind of partially sink into.
Keep your fingers crossed that the temperatures drop throughout the day. Right now the forecast is calling for precipitation to start turning over to sleet and snow around 11 pm tonight, but maybe through our collective will power we can get that to happen a little earlier. Positive thoughts… starting… NOW!
See you on the slopes!
Average Base Depths:
Snowmaking: 24″ – 48″
Natural Snow: 12″ – 30″
Mt. Mansfield Stake: 46″
Season Total: 125″
Alpine Snow Report
Steady rainfall. Wear a poncho and have fun!
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