Wind Packed Dense Snow

Hello Skiers and Boarders,

Temperatures have risen this morning to near or above freezing.  This has changed the road color from white to black in many areas.  Driving is less hazardous today.  Although I see patches of sunshine here and there it is basically still precipitating on the mountain. Light snow is falling on the hill.  It is wet.  More snow fell overnight, perhaps six inches.  Winds are still strong causing lift closures.  However, some lower level lifts at Alpine and Squaw were open today.  This morning Roundhouse was again the top of the mountain.  The good news for those of us at the hill early this morning was that very few other people arrived to check out the conditions.  We enjoyed a number of uncluttered runs allowing us to make turns in untracked snow.  The snow was not the light fluffy Colorado/Utah powder that we had a few days ago.  Instead it was a dense wind packed surface.  We sank into the snow about 6 inches.  One might have thought the conditions would have been more wet and that it would have been much deeper, but the pack has condensed with the warmer temperatures and the strong winds we have been plagued with creating a solid base.  

A photo that Mark Fisher took of me near the bottom of High Yellow Gully is attached.  I hope this gives you an idea of the conditions today.

Enjoy your day,


The Unofficial Alpine Meadows Ski Report
Produced by Andy Wertheim
Tahoe Truckee Realtor
Phone: 530-583-3483 ext:3

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