5/1/17 — East is almost done, West has just begun?

1 May 2017 — Fresh snow and unbelievable late season conditions throughout much of the Rockies, Wasatch and California right now…photo above shows live view of Mineral Basin at Snowbird UT this morning; they actually had to dig a lift out with snowblowers yesterday. That may be routine mid season but it’s hardly expected on the last day of April. Also not routine is lift-related incident overnight at the ‘bird, apparently during grooming operations they accidentally snagged a chair on the Peruvian lift, took the rope off the sheaves. That lift will be shut down for a few days…in Colorado, Arapahoe Basin got so much snow this past week they re-opened the East Wall yesterday, also hardly expected on the last day of April. I can’t recall that in the last dozen years…A couple of the northeast’s major late season players shut it down yesterday, namely Sunday River in Maine and Wildcat in New Hampshire. Our sources tell us it was definitely time to close as the strips of snow are becoming disconnected and getting too narrow in too many places…plenty of activity still at Tuckerman Ravine and Killington for our east coasters…Sun Valley ID checking in with final season numbers, claiming 400,000 skier days down from 419,000 it tallied last season. Sun Valley spokeswoman Kelli Lusk sez it’s due to a late start, and the fact that they had to close Baldy for a few days due to lack of snow. On the positive side, the venerable old resort had its highest volume day in history on December 28th with more than 9,100 skiers…Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley CA have both announced that they’ll be offering lift-served skiing on July 4…and a heads-up for those of you who have been putting off pass purchases, today is the last day for the super deals for a while anyway. Among them the MAX Pass goes up fifty bucks tomorrow…be back next week with more news, cheers!

Photo Above: Snowbird Utah, May 1st 2017!

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