30 November 2016 — Snow falling in a lot of places where it needs to fall; measure it in feet at Utah neighbors Alta and Snowbird…also Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee (sort of neighbors)…California’s Boreal has opened and they have plenty of snow side to side top to bottom…Well New England’s fairy tale November is over, mostly, with rain falling and temps soaring; southern stalwarts Mount Snow VT, Jiminy Peak MA and Belleayre NY have all banged it up for the week, hoping to return when the cold does this weekend. Even Gore Mountain and New Hampshire’s Wildcat have shut down for the midweek warmup. Up in the northern ADKs, however, Whiteface NY is spinning a lift AND has a few kilometers of groomed XC trails open. Southernmost New England area trying to stay open and ride out the rain is Stratton, although I’m not sure it makes a lot of sense. New Hampshire’s Cannon also open, they’ve had a stellar early season with a big boost to their snowmaking system over the off season. The Cannon faithful have been moaning about the clearcut slope on the Mittersill side, but they’re surely singing the praises for the new snowmaking on the front side. Personally the new, wide open racing slope doesn’t bother me, but I certainly understand how the Cannonistas feel…on to Colorado, where as you can see from the photo above taken up high at Steamboat, winter beginning to come on strong and we’ll see more and more areas open in the coming days. The ‘boat has received 3-5″ of snow every day for the past three or four, and prior to that had a nice dumping. Down in Summit County it’s more of a little-by-little situation; yesterday Breckenridge reported 9″ of snow while Copper and Keystone each claimed 6″ of fresh; call me dubious about all three claims…yesterday’s firestorm in Gatlinburg said to be started by person(s) somewhere in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We can confirm that the Ober Gatlinburg ski resort was spared, as well as the tram terminal downtown. No word yet if any of the tram towers were affected in between. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this tragedy, as well as those who’ve been displaced.
Photo above taken this morning at Steamboat from webcam atop the Thunderhead Lodge