November 30 Another 9 inches of snow reported in the morning and light snow throughout the day. Heavy winds but GREAT skiing. Soft everywhere and few lift lines (afternoon). The wind blew quite a bit of tree debris onto the ski slopes. They were running Chair 11 Northwoods but it wasn’t open. I hope they drop the ropes on that in the next few days.
Scene from the chairlift today, above mid-Vail
November 29 It is a Powder day in Vail today! 9 inches of new snow as of 6am and it has been snowing all day. They opened Chairs 2, 3 and 4 and rumors they might be opening more this coming week. We have received perhaps 5 inches since 6am, but who knows. Everyone is coming back with smiles on their faces. With the recent Vail snow there are now 500 acres open. Many of us are stuck here in the office today. Chris R.Vail Ski Mountain provided the following photo from today
November 28 2-3 inches of new snow today. They were blowing snow on lower Simba and then opened Lodgepole and Columbine from the top of the gondola. Columbine looked a little thin on snow but people were reporting that Lodgepole was better. However, I did not see Lodgepole with my own eyes. This 2-3 inches will help, but we still need that 8 inches of snow or so before we can get that upper 1/2 of the mountain open. The new snow will at least soften up the 4-5 runs that we have open. Chris R.Soft snow in the early morning.
November 27 A 1/2 inch of new snow in Vail today. Enough to soften the runs up a bit, but still just three runs open. I went up on the telemark skis for the first time this year. I burned my quads big time. I had to take a lot of breaks to get down the mountain. I’m out of shape. They opened the beginner chair 12 down at the base of Golden Peak. Chair 15 the beginner chair at the top of the mountain is open. But for us Intermediate/Advance skiers it is just the Born Free lift. The runs that are open are Born Free, Columbine to Bear Tree and parts of Bwana. They are blowing quite a bit of snow on Lodge Pole, so I’m hoping they open that on Friday perhaps. It looks like it wants to snow, but nothing yet. 40% chance of snow each of the next 4 days. Chris R.
November 25 Another day on the hill. I spent the day skiing with my wife Sarah and Tom (Antlers Director of Preservation). The hill is getting better all the time. After 6 or 7 runs I called it quits but Sarah kept on going “one more run, one more run”. And she did, one more run. We did most of our laps over on Columbine and Bear Tree then looping back around to the Born Free Lift. It required two traverses but the snow was worth it. Not as many people over there. It seems to us that they’ll open portions of Bwana in the next couple of days and perhaps Lodge Pole with the gondola running top to bottom runs. Keep your fingers crossed. Chris R.
November 24 I went out for first chair and conditions were optimal. Much better than waiting for later in the day. Groomed runs and sunshine. I met up with the General Manager of the Lodge at Lionshead for a few runs. We did one run over on Columbine to check out the Vail snow-making operations. It looks like they are trying to open up Lodge Pole from the top of the Gondola down. They were also blowing snow below Chair 2. I figure that by Wednesday they will have 2 more runs open. Weather people are predicting snow for Thursday/Friday. Chris R.
November 22 I waited until the end of the day to hit the hill. Grabbed the Chairlift at 10 minutes to 3:00. I did three quick runs before they shut the lift down. It was a bit icy for sure. After the people skied on Born Free all day, the snow was scraped off a bit. Wish I had some new skis to carve on the ice. Interesting scenery, as the Vail mountain crew this past summer cut down quite a few trees near the top of the gondola. This new open area near the top should make for some nice skiing this year. Chris R.