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January 13, 2018

Today was a fun Saturday on the slopes! The weather and snow conditions actually improved throughout the day, which is somewhat rare on a busy Saturday. First thing in the morning we had strong winds with some steady sleet, although the sleet quickly changed to snow and the winds calmed down throughout the day. It did have an effect on lift operations as the Forerunner Quad has a late 8:30 start today and the Gondola didn’t start spinning until later in the afternoon. The freezing rain last night also made things challenging for the lift crew as they were busy de-icing lifts across the whole mountain.

Snow conditions were fun and the best skiing was on groomed trails. There was an inch or two of soft snow on most trails even though the grooming team hit the trails pretty late last night. This made for some nice creamy, smooth turns first thing in the morning with the sleet-like precipitation. As the day progressed the snow got lighter and didn’t accumulate drastically on groomed trails. The snow surface stayed relatively soft and consistent throughout the day. There is an ice layer underneath thanks to the rain and freeze we has this past week, but thankfully the fresh snow has helped bury it on the groomers.

Off the groomers is a different story, unfortunately. Natural snow trails lost a lot of snow yesterday and most steeper runs were closed today. There are exposed streams now, which will likely freeze up over the next couple days. There are also more exposed hazards like rocks, roots, stumps, etc. We’re going to need a bigger snowfall before the off-piste terrain is back to skiing how it should. Until then we’ll keep enjoying the excellent groomed terrain.

See you on the slopes!

Average Base Depths:
Snowmaking: 24″ – 48″
Natural Snow: 4″ – 12″
Mt. Mansfield Stake: 46″
Season Total: 127″

Alpine Snow Report

A fun Saturday on the slopes!


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