After this weekend's rain event, I returned to the mountain today with some trepidation. My walk in from the parking lot was not encouraging. The snow banks are shrinking, and mud and grass are showing. In fact, the grass outside my office is actually turning green. Yikes!
I decided I needed to get up on the mountain personally to confirm what other staff members were telling me - that conditions are still remarkably good!
I went up the lift with sales manager Krissy Fraser for some "product testing." It is unreal how much snow is still up there, especially on the summit and those trails facing north, like Skimeister and Arlberg. We started out on these trails and were astounded at the snow. Even snow in the woods, and on natural skiing trails like Jughandle which have no snowmaking on them. The top photo here shows some of our visiting ESSC students on Jughandle. Shot below is me on Skimeister. Dig those crazy blue skies and views to Mount Washington!
Next up, we hit the Pipeline Glade. The glades, again, all natural skiing with no snowmaking, are holding a surprising amount of snow. Being protected by the trees from the sun makes glades a great choice especially late in the day. By 2:30pm, they were nicely softened up and made for a great tree run! Below is Krissy coming through Pipeline. Weee!
We did pass by Koessler on the way to Ledges. I wanted to do it but Krissy wimped out when she saw the bumps. Kidding. Unfortunately we ran out of time and didn't have time to make it down our signature bump run. As you can see here, there is a ton of snow on the trail in the form of nice large moguls. Cranmore hosts an employee mogul competition on our closing weekend and it should be in great shape for our finest skiers and riders to rip it up!