Spring has sprung in the mountains with pre-corn conditions for the most part. Big roller balls and wet slides can be found in steeper slopes and mushy snow can be found where the sun is
warming it up into dense snow cone consistency. Early morning when the sun first hits its hard but will soften if its facing the sun into infinitely skiable snow. Real corn not quite yet up high but my bet is full South facers may be having it served up now or pretty soon. Remember your sunscreen, its bright out there. And its just warm enough to take a dunking into the lake at the end of the day if your feeling frisky.
Yeah... so the Cold Front that blew through yesterday slammed what was once impeccably beautiful light dendrite crystals into wind packed round balls that formed windslab and sastrugi. The SW and W winds were strong enough to rotor down onto most exposures and if that didn't do it the switch to the North winds last night took care of the rest. There still exist some very protected powder pockets if you poke around but the wind sure did a number on the almost perfect conditions we had earlier in the week. So it goes. Hope you got out there when it was good because... it was really really good from top to bottom and beyond. Those of you that got into the BC know just what I mean. All that wind loading did result in some slides here and there but generally damage was limited. Crowds were thick as flies on a rib roast today (as Uncle Eddie would say) judging from the parade of cars traveling very slowly up the highway in the morning. I am sure conditions remain good on the mountain (
OK, my title is a bit of an overstatement. Sometimes you can find decent snow that has softened a bit with the sun, but on a cold day... not so much. Grooming is still amazingly good despite the fact that it hasn't snowed in over a month. The grooming crew is doing a good job of providing 3 to 4 runs on the Slide Side and many more on the Rose side with typically a couple of face runs and Bullwhip groomed. Aida's has my vote of Best In Show lately! Checked out The Chutes today and although some might say they are wonderful (compared to glare ice or bare rock) most common people would say they are pretty dicey right now. If you fall and are not able to get your edges right under you or do a pole self arrest, strap yourself in for a skeleton-like ride... and you just might be a skeleton in the literal sense if you wrap yourself around a tree since you purchased a ticket on the Oblivion Express. Its chalky in places and very smooth while it's cut up and fairly hard in others.
First grooming job earlier in the week left Zephyr torn and scabby to say the least which is normally true when a run hasn't been groomed for weeks or months... today that investment paid off with perfectly smooth cord with the nice addition of a million dollar view. Kudo's to the grooming crew for grooming more runs than usual and really working the snow into perfect cord with very few anomalies. I can't say it's as well groomed as a Dave Hahl job but its getting closer. On the Hahl Scale I would say grooming the last several weeks general scores high marks... 8.8. Keep up the good work boys! Zephyr is why we love Nevada... open country, few people and enough snow and sky to have the freedom to fly on those boards of ours. Sven