What a wild storm day! With 11 inches of high density snow over night with moderate- high winds up top, lots of bomb and avalanche control work were needed from Alta Patrol. The mountain opened by 9:30 and The High T opened by 10:00. Ski conditions were fun, mostly riding on top for surfy turns, soft debris in the steeper areas, and thicker snow in the lower elevations.
As the day progressed winds picked up and the next wave of the storm hit, bringing graupel which made for great skiing on West Rustler and free refills all over. As the graupel fell, temps dropped bringing thunder and lightning shutting down the mountain immediately.
Lifts opened back up in an hour, but the High T remained closed. The lighter density snow fall in the afternoon made for even greater skiing. There is more snow in the forecast and temps will be dropping so be prepared to bundle up! The weekend will bring more fresh snow, Christmas crowds and eventually sunshine.