The last batch of homemade flakes have been made. Now, our dear brother Heat Miser is taking the reigns with 70 degree days and sweet rays of sunshine. Yes, it’s that time of season— you want to know how long we’ll stay open and all we can say is, “it’s weather dependent.”
The bad news: this week, the sun is taking a hiatus as spring showers plan to overstay their welcome. We are now closed Monday – Thursday to save conditions.
The good news: we are currently sitting on an 18-48″ snow base across the mountain. We plan to reopen Friday for more riding pleasure and weekend events!
Like a farmer plowing fields in the sunshine, groomers are tilling trails in the moonlight. Most nights, a team of seven snowcats head out to farm the snow, each cat using between 40 to 50 gallons of diesel per shift. It takes approximately ten hours to groom the mountain. Having a full team allows us to move slower over trails and gives the tiller more time to churn, which makes for better snow conditions.
What’s the toughest trail to groom? Well, it depends who you ask. Most notably, the more a trail is used, the more work is required. Every sunset-to-rise becomes routine— we farm snow from trails’ edges to center, and skiers and riders shred the snow back out.
If you aren’t familiar with skier lingo, those fun bumps seeded on sections of Challenge, Main Street, and Nightmare are called moguls. We build the pattern and frost the bumps with powder, while advanced skiers carve and mold the terrain. This past weekend, the surplus of snow on Razor’s Edge gave us the go-ahead to create more mogul madness.
Besides clean up of hoses and hydrants, we are transitioning with Mother Nature in anticipation of spring blooms and summer adventure. First up, is this weekend’s end-of-season annual pond skim on Sunday, March 20. We dig a 50-60′ long by 20′ wide hole that sits 4′ deep in the middle of Vista. The pond is lined with a tarp and filled with water, set and ready for skimming and (sometimes) swimming.
Next, we help the resort change face from ski lodge to wedding venue and boarding to mountain biking, along with a mix of upcoming events.
But, our season isn’t over yet. It’s our goal to stay open as long as possible.
So, rain rain go away. A farmer’s work is never done.
See you on the slopes,