Tuesday, February 28, 2012

fun stuff

I am willing to call the skiing inbounds at the Big on Sunday, February 26, 2012 "EPIC"! That is the most overnight snowfall I have seen in my 21 years here, and as much in 24 hours in that time frame as well. And although the crowds were as bad as they can get, it was still an amazing day. I have actually been surprised by a number of people I have spoken with that did NOT make it up there on Sunday. I think the patrol did as good as possible getting things open, especially with a heart attack/death just when they were nearly caught up taking valuable resources away from their avy control efforts. From what I understand, the victim had actually felt some signs, but took them to be heartburn. But this is another subject.

So we just had about 10 good to great days of skiing in a row, and the conditions remain great inbounds, but the backcountry is indeed a major hazard. I believe it must be settling out, but there are now two distinct and dangerous layers in the top 3-4 feet that cannot be ignored. Certainly, I want to get out and ski some sick, deep pow but just know the conservative approach is the best approach.

More snow is on the way. Nothing like last week, but still, a bit of a re-fresh that should make some great skiing on Wednesday and Thursday, and possibly this weekend.

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