Hello Skiers and Boarders,
The sun was shining out of a dark blue sky this morning. I was reminded that there is actually a color blue. Gray is back this afternoon with snow falling once again. We received two to three feet of snow overnight. Once again we were out shoveling front steps, decks, and driveways. The good news is that the temperatures were in the single digits overnight leaving us with more than enough light snow on the mountain slopes.
However, due to the amount of snow both Alpine and Squaw received overnight both were closed today to dig out and mitigate the avalanche danger. The new controversial Gazex exploders installed over the summer to control slides above the Alpine Meadows Road were used yesterday. I heard them used late in the afternoon and again this morning. I believe they were also used on the mountain around 2 in the morning. Alpine controls areas above the road between the first entrance to Deer Park Dr., as you are driving up the road, and the ski area. Owners and guests should be aware of the danger of natural and manmade slides that occur on the main Alpine Meadows Road. During storms it is not advised to stop along the road nor walk along the road. The other day a natural slide occurred in the evening covering the road with three feet of snow. When Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol is controlling slides either stay in your house or vacate before they begin.
Enjoy your day,