Not such a great day at the mountain for pictures, but an excellent day for skiing. A week-long stretch of good snowmaking conditions enabled Gore to open quite a bit more terrain since last weekend, and the guns continued blowing snow all day today.
K2 Sideshows, purchased at the end of last season. With a wood core and 90mm waist they are very similar to my now retired but much loved K2 Work Stinx. The narrow (by today's standard) waist excels on firm snow, the wood core construction adds liveliness, and mild tip rocker plus 40mm of sidecut means they want to turn. For me, that's a winning combination. While it may sound like I researched this purchase, the reality is I bought these skis on the basis of feedback from a few of the guys I ski with, guys I've been skiing with for 20 year who know and share my ski preferences.
Gore didn't get any of the snow that fell farther north (see here and here), but conditions were quite good for early season. A coating of new snow whitened the ground and the trees, and low clouds kept views pretty much non-existent all day.
Since last weekend Showcase (top to bottom), Sleighride to Stokes/Arena, Lower Sunway and a few others have come online, adding some nice early season trail options. Snow conditions were best under the guns and on trails like Sunway that have received the most grooming. A few locations, like lower Showcase, were a bit chattery, especially late in the day, but certainly nothing to complain about. We split our time pretty evenly among the open trails.
Gore's off to a great start for the season, far better than this point last year. Unfortunately we are in for a round of warm weather Sunday through around Wednesday. As of a few days ago (Thursday afternoon), plans were for the snowmaking crews to finish up on the lower mountain and then head up to the summit area, with Pine Knot, Uncas, Tannery and Hawkeye among the trails mentioned. We'll have to wait and see how much this warmp-up impacts those plans.