Have you been up skiing yet? If not, what the heck were you thinkin’?
Things looked GREAT this morning and were skiing even better at upper elevations! After a couple days of closure we got High Campbell and Green Valley open by 10am. Skies are blue and the sun’s a-shinin’, but the blustery winds (and occasional wind-holds on upper lifts) tell us the next storm is knockin’ at the door. Translation: More snow is on the way! Woo-hoo!
We did the first active avalanche control work of the year this morning! We didn’t get big results, so keep that in mind as you’re skiing around. Things are going to change a lot in the next few days so I’m not going to even try to tell you what to expect, But generally, for you off-piste skiers & boarders, it’s good to remember we’re still in early season conditions. Whenever you hear that our avalanche control work hasn’t produced much in the way of results, it could mean that any instability that may be in the snowpack still remains and you’ll want to take extra care to keep a partner in sight and keep those avalanche eyes ON when you get away from the groomed.
And remember, contrary to what a lot of people think is "common sense", a thin snowpack can often be much more unstable than a thicker snowpack. If you say "huzzuh, wha…?" to that, consider taking an avalanche class this winter to learn a little more about managing your own safety!
If you’re a backcountry skier headin’ out Thursday or later, please note this avalanche warning from the Northwest Weather & Avalanche Center! Or even better, come on up to Crystal where the slopes are a little friendlier!
Stay tuned to the forecast….More snow’s on the way!