The biggest benefit of having your company's drivers represented by the Teamsters? You end up shutting down for EVERY possible holiday, including Lincoln's Birthday. So I get a nice day of hot laps and no crowds every year around this time.
There was a lot of old fashioned EC boiler plate. They must have been short staffed or got a late start grooming cause there were cats all over the place all morning. Certainly they had some crazy temperature swings to deal with over the weekend. That may have contributed to a late start.
A lot of what was groomed was left chunky or uneven.
A patroller picking up trash under the lift
Is pretty crazy how fast conditions can change around here. Hopefully, things improve soon.
Boy, what a difference a couple weeks and two snow storms makes. Went Saturday (3/10) to Windham and the conditions were fantastic. Still some untracked on the sides and lots of fresh to be had in the trees, which I spent part of the day exploring (note to Windham -- there are a couple really natural places in the mountain to do some light clearing on to turn into more accessible glade areas that would really add a ton to the mountain). The Whataride glades were in great shape, and there were a ton of tree runs to be had between Lower Wolverine and Lower Wipeout. Got caught in knee+ deep snow in trees between Mini Park and Wapeka run when I didn't fully commit and lost speed. And a top of Lower Wipeout there is a nice tree run that starts with a little bridge over a stream thing before wrapping through the trees for about 100'.
A couple icy spots from high traffic (e.g., Upper Whistler) or wind (top of Wing'N It, top of Upper Wheelchair) or both (headwall of Windfall). FYI, I heard from ski patrol that they believe plan is to keep the two bumped out under the lift runs (Wing'N it and Wheelchair) bumped out for now -- not going to groom them down. Ski patrol also said Windham's conditions right now are best they have seen in 5 years, and I'd have to agree it's in great shape. If they get another 3-4" this week as they looks they might next weekend should be really great too.
Was great to finally ride Wayout and Upper Wipeout and worth the transverse walk on Wide Connection -- never had seen them open.
Side note: Took me 4 trips to notice all the train names begin with W.