2/2/18 — Happy Groundhog Day!

Shout out to Loveland in Colorado, they’ve got Chair 9 open, that’s the lift that goes up to the Continental Divide and really puts them into the “big” category. They also deserve kudos for their dedication to adaptive skiing; photo above courtesy Loveland Resort. 4″ new snow overnight is just icing on the cake for any Denverites who are afraid of tunnels…on the other side of the aforementioned divide, Arapahoe Basin benefiting equally from the storm, East Wall terrain getting closer to opening…Oregon’s Anthony Lakes Resort reports a couple inches of fresh; they’ve been getting some here and there…in Michigan, guns were back on at Caberfae this week; if you click on the webcam over in the right hand column you’ll see that things are looking good. Unless you click on at night, in which case it will be dark…checking in from New England, Stratton reports a couple inches of fresh overnight. They’re back up over 70 on the trail count, which doesn’t mean much except that it’s sort of a good barometer of conditions in general. Considering the recent thaw-freeze-thaw, that’s pretty good…seen those fat tire bikes at a couple of resorts, Greek Peak New York has announced that they’re adding the two wheeled oddities to their rental fleet. I think they’re cool and whatever floats your boat, etc. BUT it’s only a matter of time before some knucklehead takes one down a steep and kills some unsuspecting skier or snowboarder…FIS World Cup calendar, not sure what’s coming down this weekend in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany. Ladies are scheduled for a pair of downhills but training runs both cancelled yesterday and today.  Men are quiet this weekend, and everybody heads to Pyeongchang next week….Update from FIS:  The ladies’ will hold a downhill training run on 3 February starting at 10:00 CET with a 1-run downhill race from the reserve/super-G start beginning at 12:30 CET. Further details about Sunday’s program will be available after the successful training run and race on Saturday.