Powder and Turkey on Tap For Thanksgiving
I’m not skiing again until we get snow. I did my three “beginner days”, the snow is as hard and slick as a frying pan now and, seeing as how I am in desperate need of edges, I can make good use of these in-between days.
It was a blast to hit Alta on opening day, Nov. 20, 2015. They have the most coverage of the five resorts presently open for biz so it was fun to feel the burn under Collins and play around on natural snow (the groomers are down to the manmade).
The backside is open but anything other than the main groomer is roped off and Sugarloaf has yet to spin. It’s Collins, Wildcat, and Sunnyside lifts. Wildcat is wild. Nothing groomed, fluffy bumps with rocks, twigs and dirt showing in the troughs. Careful where you romp. I watched a skier take a toboggan ride to Goldminer’s. It’s too early to end your ski season, Folks. Jumping and traversing will send your skis to the grave as well. One friend’s bases looked like a cheese grater at the end of the day.
The weather is coming. I promise. It’s been hovering around 50 degrees since Saturday and it looks more like May than November. But it’s going to get colder in time for a storm to stretch across the Wasatch on Wednesday night.
Powder Day Thursday!
Snow is forecast by Wednesday afternoon so that gives me two days to play with my new Tecnica ski boots and get my rock skis tuned. Park City doesn’t have nearly enough snow for anything newer.
We don’t know how much snow will actually drop and if this is a true El Nino year we can expect to watch the Sierras suck out most of it before sending it east. If Lake Effect takes hold, the Cottonwoods could see about a foot but if it not we’re talking dust on crust.