Craig's Report - November 17, 2004
Semi Patiently Waiting for Snow
The wait for snow on the lower slopes continues, but alas the serving this week was more rain. That is pretty common in November, but that doesn't prevent me from moaning about how different it could have been if only it were a few degrees cooler. Despite the decidedly unsnowy scene outside the window, it isn't yet time to get depressed, especially given the decent base up top. A couple of good storms might be all that is needed and with over three weeks until opening day, the odds of that happening here are pretty good. Still the ski hill's decision to set the opening date a little later this year, is starting to look wise.
The rain yesterday left the trees unpromisingly dark up to about the top of Bear, but a brief reconnoitre into Lizard this afternoon revealed that the upper mountain had in fact probably received another thin layer of Sierra cement on top of the already solid base. The actual snow line had not changed much and since there was little snow below the Bear's Den anyway, little harm was done.
To my surprise I discovered that the half pipe on Incline is being filled in and apparently there won't be any half pipe here this year. While this may annoy some folks, it certainly will clean up the traffic flow as having it empty into one of the busiest cross over areas on the mountain was less than ideal.
At 17:20 it is +3 C (boo, hiss) degrees on the porch and the sky is partially cloudy.