So as promised we celebrated the end of 2 weeks of rookie training by taking the class of 08-09 up to the McConkey's area for an afternoon of "snow stabilization." In other words, we all rode in our snow cat to the top and side-stepped down the starting zones, crushing the crusts and mixing up the facets. This should help the new snow (you did see Krista's post with the storm warning) bond to the old surface which in turn should help us open this terrain as soon as possible.
Now I have to be honest and say we did do a little skiing on the lower half of the main McConkey's and over on Sunrise Bowl. After all the hard work of trudging down the upper half, the crew deserved a little fun. Of course I also have to honest and say the skiing was far from great; a mix of crusts and thin cover made for challenging conditions. Colin and I are pleased to say everyone made it out safe, learned about our snow safety program, AND had some fun. As "they" say, a bad day of patrolling is better than a good day.....well you know the cliche.
That is what we do as patrollers; get out there when conditions are less than best in order to see that things are as safe and enjoyable as possible when we do open up and you do get there.
Originally from the Pocono’s of Pennsylvania, Travis found his way to Park City three years ago and is now our grooming manager. When not in snowcat you can find him skiing or snowmobiling in the Utah backcountry or enjoying the skiing here at Park City Mountain Resort.
Nicole Roundy is a world class snowboarder on the US Paralympic Team. She is a cancer survivor, inspiration seeker, crossfit training, Park City riding superpower blogger. Follow her adventures right here. You can also spy her on twitter (@nicoleroundy) and Instragram (@nroundy)