Snow Report for 1.6.21
What a start to the first week of 2021! The mountain reported 11 inches in the last three days with nine inches just yesterday.
And what a gorgeous day it was today. The visibility in the morning was a little foggy but eventually it cleared up and we had a great bluebird day. The crowds have subsided since New Years weekend. The lines appeared to be long with social distancing measures in place, but the wait was never more than five minutes. And with more terrain open, you can find yourself in complete solitude.
The conditions on the mountain have certainly improved with more snow coverage, though there still are rocks and fallen trees sticking out on the tree runs. There’s plenty of untracked powder in the trees between Sideburn and Closets. Stay more to the right because the trees can get tight and from there you can make your way down to Sunset to avoid bushwhack.
If you’re looking to cruise, Sunshine lift line is the perfect groomer for today. Westside was also great but getting there from High Noon was a bit treacherous with all the push piles. If you’re on the lower half of the mountain, Heavenly Daze was surprisingly awesome.
16 of 18 lifts are open with Pony Express and Priest Creek closed. Priest Creek will only serve as a secondary lift when necessary to help spread crowds. There’s still not enough snow coverage to start running Pony Express, but hopefully that will open up soon.
There is no snow in the forecast for the next five days, but that could change. According to scientists, a sudden stratospheric warming event is splitting the polar vortex in two and is pushing the polar vortex off the North Pole, sending Arctic air towards the northern hemisphere of Europe and the US. Experts say this may lead to weeks of wild, unpredictable winter weather.
Bring it on!