Cold is here as promised; very cold indeed. The last few mornings near zero with high temps barely making it to the teens. As we are now finally skiing and working out of the Summit, I've been meaning to tip my hat to those responsible. The snowmakers have a tough and dangerous job. They spend their shifts running around in the dark in sub-zero temps, working with pressurized water and air lines under the very loud and very wet snowguns. On years like this when we have 5 inches of natural snow at the Summit, we simply would not be working and you would not be recreating here without them. If you see the team in black coming off the mountain after their shifts or heading up the mountain while you are on your way to the bar, be sure to thank them.
Yesterday Colin and I took a ride up the Jupiter chair to set up our weather station for the season. There is actually more snow on the ground than we anticipated; 17 inches on our total stake. While the surroundings looked grim for December at 10,000 ft, the ridgetop west winds were cranking and it seems we are indeed in for a change in the flow pattern. The next week looks to be unsettled with a dusting of snow overnight, a larger storm Monday and Tuesday and another towards the end of the week. The last couple seasons mid and late December have been good to us. Remember the 36 inch Christmas eve storm last year? We can only wait and hope.
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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