Sunday, February 24, 2013
Gore Mountain: 02/22/2013
Scored another great ski day on Friday at Gore. Snowmaking crews had all the summit trails in fantastic condition, with Rumor and Lies skiing the best they have all winter. Hawkeye and Chatiemac were also top notch with soft, dry packed powder conditions. Summit glades skied nicely and we even found some untracked lines in the Straightbrook and Chati Glades and one or two other less traveled trees runs - surprising for a holiday Friday two days after the last snowfall.
From the start it seemed the summit was the place to be. Our warm-up run on Wild Air was fine, but the snow up top was really great. We lucked out with beautiful weather conditions too - Friday was one of the few days all week that wasn't cold and excessively windy.
I really didn't have high expectations for the glades. Sure, we could use more snow, but there was surprisingly good snow to be found in the trees. Maybe all the wind during the week blew a bunch of snow into the woods, or maybe the wind kept people off the summit. I'll be curious to hear weather the conditions in the glades held up through the weekend - certainly the couple inches of snow Saturday should have helped to keep conditions refreshed.
Usually when the trees are skiing well we just spend the majority of our ski day there. But today the summit trails were so nice that we split our time 50-50 between the trees and the trails. With lots of good choices it's hard to make a pick of the day, but I have to give the nod to Rumor and Lies, which both had excellent snow top to bottom.
Winter's roughly two-thirds over. Gore is skiing really well right now and bases are deep on the trails. With luck, we'll have a strong finish to winter and be set up well for spring skiing.