three weeks ago (rain last Wednesday, sick the week before), I wasn't sure what to expect tonight in the way of conditions. Specifically, last week's thaw and generally lackluster conditions on my previous visits to West kept my expectations low. However, West's groomers and snowmakers, with some cooperation from mother nature in the form of consistently cold temperatures over the past week, have the mountain in good shape.
The best conditions - I'll call it firm packed powder - were on the trails leading back to the triple chair. Mach and the Alley / Bannister route back to the triple had really nice snow. Frolic and the Face, the main route leading back to the double chair and lodge, had a few icy and variable spots due to the snowmaking in progress on that route. I'd expect that route to groom out into good conditions comparable to the rest of the mountain. There were around 10 big fan guns in operation while I skied, and snowmakers had built up some impressively big mounds - hills really - of snow. With the anticipated storm on Friday, West will be in really nice shape.
I've got two more West Mountain 6-pack tickets left for this season, and it looks like we're in for a decent stretch of conditions. If temperatures remain at seasonable levels, next Wednesday night should be really good.