So we've been open for a little over a week and I'm finally posting for the first time this season. Things have started a little slow so far; heck I was riding single track on a gorgeous fall day Thanksgiving weekend when most years we're skiing powder. Ah well, winter has started, we have a few lifts and runs open, and about half the gang is back working.
The Patrol gathered on the Mountain a little over a month ago for our annual lift evac training. Unlike most seasons, we did not have to train amidst the first big storm of the year.The weather was lovely, a little too lovely for late October really, and the training time was well spent. This was our first chance to work with this year's batch of rookies. I have to say that this season we have one of our lowest turn-overs ever, and the folks we did hire are certainly the best of the crop. The new crew will start on the mountain training next Monday and we look forward to having them around.
David and I attended a Snow Safety open house hosted by the National Weather Service and Utah Avalanche Forecast Center recently. The PHDs in the room told us the season may start slow with respect to snow (as it has), but should ramp-up in December. So far, 4 days into this month, they have been right. Conditions certainly have been colder and snowier and it looks like more is on its way. This gives me a chance to insert an early season avalanche safety reminder. With the recent new snow, many locals are skiing and riding lines in the upper (still closed) reaches of the Mountain. Coverage is pretty thin and the snow that is there is fairly sensitive. If you do venture into the high country, follow safe travel practices and ski/ride lightly. A few folks have taken some nasty rides in the Wasatch backcountry after our latest storm. It's way too early in the season to get hurt in a slide or by hitting stumps and rocks just below the surface. One other thing. As we do get more snow, we'll be heading into the upper bowls to start assessing conditions and even doing a some preemptive shooting. If you see us working around the upper mountain, please stay clear. We'll get those areas open as soon as we can.
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.
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