Not much has changed at Alyeska in the last two weeks. A massive high pressure system has taken over Alaska, blocking any major storm headed its way. The temperatures have been in the single digits in the valley floors and the mid twenties above 1,000 feet. Its been nice to escape the cold and take hot laps on the groomers on the upper mountain.
These cold temperatures on the valley floor have been wonderful for the snowmakers. They have now filled in most of the lower mountain and are blasting huge mounds of snow on runs that are not open such as Tanaka and water fall. This will be great for the race team to finally spread out and allow more room for the public. Its also looking like they are preparing to build a terrain park on chair 7 as well.
The quality of the snow has been variable. Some areas have great chalky snow and other’s have patches solid ice thats almost impossible to hold an edge on. Off trail is about the same and has many moguls just about everywhere. There are some good jumps here and there but the landings are rock hard. Its been best just to stick to the groomers and link some fun, fast racer turns.
The weather finally may have a break in the high pressure system this coming monday through out next week. The temperatures will begin to climb this weekend and by tuesday it looks we may have a similar storm to what we’ve had most of this season, rain at the bottom and snow at the top. Lets, hope for snow so we can get a little refresh!