It was a little disconcerting to notice a few creeks are starting to show thru holes in a few out of the way spots.
I really hoped that this week's weather was just 5 degrees colder than it's shaping up to be.
Yesterday was a pretty good day, assuming you have an appetite for a good four inches of mashed potatoes. At least they weren't lumpy.
You're not kidding about holes. I noticed they had a good-sized area flagged off on skiier's right of the Hyak face. That's not too unusual; that seems to be a problem spot every year. I wouldn't want to get caught in that hole - it's DEEP!
At about 2:00 we took a couple runs on Reggie's Chair just to let our legs rest (we call it the "Cedar Tree Slalom"). Right in the middle between Reggie's and Easy Street are two big deep creek holes, both of them essentially with vertical walls. That's a tough thing there in the middle of beginnerland.
While hiking a couple summers ago, I noticed that some of the creeks are covered over with boards to allow them to keep running down below without severely undermining the snowpack above. It would be nice if management could spend a little time/money and put a crew to work on that this fall, fixing the ones that need fixin' and adding new covers for the other spots that need it so desperately.
The thing I love about this time of year is that it thins-out the crowds... and when the snow comes back in early March (as it nearly ALWAYS does), the ski-schools are mostly over, and the casual skiers/riders are done too. Even the record years I've been through have the high-pressure zone around this time of the year, giving us several weeks without snow. Look for GREAT Spring skiing/riding!
Well its friday night at 9pm and its still raining up here at Hyak. Seems like quite a bit of snow melt has occurred this week, I can see the banks around my house have dropped about a foot. Lets hope the snow picks up again soon!
Great snow up top. Got first tracks on Breakover into Big Trees. AWESOME! Really sticky snow at the bottom. No Lines, BC Open. Elevator was icy up top and sticky below. A great day. A Monday at Alpental!