So yes Krista is right, we have been hard at it the last couple days trying to get more terrain open (nice post Krista, thanks). This latest storm came in with 20 inches of snow and 2 inches of water. In addition, we've had over 48 hours of ridge-top winds in the 40s to 60s. Needless to say, yesterday and this morning we had our hands full with snow safety work on the terrain that has been open so far. I'm happy to say (and proud of my crew!) that we had the Pioneer and McConkey's areas open by 9am after extensive avalanche control work AND we were able to get 17 more runs open for the season in the King Con and Ski Team areas by 10:30.
After a chance to "refuel" with coffee and a quick lunch, we headed up the Jupiter chair heavily armed for an afternoon of control work. Krista is right, we did have some significant results (ie BIG avalanches) in Portuguese, Main Bowl and First Bowl. I am glad to say, where we skied out, the coverage is greatly improved since we were last up there. All I can add to Krista's post, is that we'll do our best to get our work done in the morning (I'll be up at 4am again), and if all goes well with minimal surprises, we SHOULD have Jupiter open around mid-day. From our standpoint, with 3 more storms lined up for Sunday through Christmas night, we'd LOVE to get it opened so YOU can ski/ride it up before it gets buried again.
Thanks for your patience and we'll see you out 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.
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