Flat Light, Wet, Good Snow

Hello Skiers and Riders,

A little snow fell late yesterday afternoon and overnight.  This morning the mountain was again in a cloud, however winds were moderate allowing for full operation at Alpine Meadows.

I encountered sleet at times which stung the chin and clung to my goggles.  This made visibility difficult as the light was flat.  A goggle with small particles of ice stuck to the outside of the lens in flat light conditions does not help one see variations in the terrain.  See attached photo of my goggles.

We did find some nice surface conditions on the mountain this morning.  Groomed areas were smooth and soft.  God’s Knob was soft and wind packed.  Gentian Gully where trees fill the slope made for better visibility.  We were turning in fresh snow that gave a new surface to existing moguls.  Lower down the slope the snow became a little crusty, but turning was not a problem.  Some of the best snow was under the Alpine Bow Chair.  It felt like wind packed chalky snow.  I say felt because it was not awfully visible.  Attached is a photo I took on the road leading from Summit Chair to the top of Alpine Bowl Chair.  ABC is not visible in this picture.  Trees were really a necessity today.

Roads at the bottom of Alpine Meadows at Hwy. 89 are wet, but clear this afternoon.  Wet snow is falling lightly.  However, further up the road snow is sticking to the road surface.

The mountain was not overcrowded today.  Lines were generally light or at least not ridiculous.

Enjoy your day,

The Unofficial Alpine Meadows Ski Report
Produced by Andy Wertheim
Tahoe Truckee Realtor
Email: andyinalpine@yahoo.com
Website: andyintahoe.com
Cell: 530-386-0734

Lot for sale: Level Alpine Meadows lot with year around stream, Aspen Trees and easy access available with existing topographic map. $139,000.

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