Sunday, January 8, 2012
Gore Mountain: 01/08/2012
Before I'm accused of being a complete shill, I'll tell you that the skiing on Gore's lower mountain today was not very good. We found uninspiring conditions on our warm-up lap down Wild Air: loose frozen granular ice shavings over a hardpack base. Given yesterday's warm temperatures followed by a (relatively) cold snap today, I wasn't surprised. It took just that one run down the front side to convince us that the summit was the place to be.
From the base of the Straightbrook chair up, snow conditions were far better. Overnight grooming left surfaces carvable and chalk-like on Hawkeye, Open Pit and Lies, a far cry from the polished hardpack I had feared we might find. Other skiers told us how great Lower Darby was yesterday, and quickly added "don't ski it today." We didn't, but apparently it re-froze overnight into ungroomed teeth-chattering funky chunks, making it the only exception to excellent summit conditions.