Saturday, December 15, 2012

Gore Mountain: 12/15/2012

Snowmaking cloud partly obscures Gore's summit, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

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Just a quick report from skiing Gore today. Even though it was a bright, clear day, I didn't take many pictures. Since it was just Daniel and me skiing today (Beth and Sylvie had Sylvie's 5th birthday party), I didn't have much time for photograpy. Every time I felt like I must be far enough ahead of D to stop, take out my camera and snap a picture of him skiing, he'd be right along side me. In fact, the majority of my photos were taken at the top of the gondola, where I can easily catch D on the flats. Of course that meant we got in a good deal of skiing.

It was a good day for skiing, some of the best conditions Gore has had so far this season. Honestly not quite as good as Whiteface on Wednesday, but still very good. In a nutshell, everything that was open skied well, with nice, edgeable snow all around. It appeared just about every trail had been resurfaced since Monday's rain. Our pick of the day was the Foxlair-Sunway-Quicksilver combo, with the snow on Foxlair staying surprisingly chalky and edgeable right to the end of the day.

A rare shot of Daniel from the front, on Foxlair

Looking towards snowmaking operations on Pine Knot

Snowmaking was underway on Pine Knot, Fairview and Tannery, along with a bunch of fan guns at the base. It would appear that the plan is to then move snowmaking to the summit area. I think Gore's done an excellent job with snowmaking this season, blowing as much as weather conditions have allowed. As always, it's a balancing act of keeping what's open in good shape versus expanding terrain.

Pine Knot looks just about ready to go

My new K2 Sideshows look good on the rack, but better on the snow

This week's weather looks to bring a mixed bag of snow and non-frozen precipitation. Hopefully that will at least result in a net gain rather than a loss of snow coverage. Importantly, overnight lows are in the teens and the longrange forecast looks favorable.

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