Well yeah snow finally - please keep it coming.
We got a couple inches of dry snow this weekend. Careful packing starts the bonding process that will adhere this thin layer to the frozen ground. The goal is to create a uniform consistent layer of snow that is bonded to the dirt/grass/rock trail underneath. This base will carry us through the winter into spring skiing. Best piece of equipment for this job has a light touch - SKIERS! Too heavy equipment (Pisten Bullys or grooming drags) will stir up rocks that will stay in the base all season long.
Skiers - get out there (with your rock skis) and ski down this nice dry snow. Be aware that there may be rocks underneath this thin layer. Use caution.
Our crews are out with snowmachines packing. After this first pass is complete and well bonded, crews will be "winging" the trails to get a more consistent texture. We need 6-8" of solid base before the big cats can help out.
Out at Kincaid, we are continuing to make snow in the stadium. Give the cats lots of room to push the piles around. The loop with man-made snow was well used this weekend. Be courteous of your fellow skiers and mind the little people out there.