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January 27, 2014

Snow Valley: January 2014

Slush Ponds, Bare Ground, and Heroic Measures

Snow Valley: January 2014

AARRRGH!! Really: Aargh! There's no other way to say it. I feel my stubborn side kicking in, and now I'm wondering: who will quit first? Will Snow Valley management throw in the towel and close, or will I and my kids give up and stay home? Based on the look of things today, I'd have to say Snow Valley has absolutely entered the heroic-measures phase.

Given what they have to work with, they are doing an amazing job. They are furiously making snow, and stockpiling it, and pushing it around to keep those runs open and those lifts turning. Still: Mother Nature won't even grant them a hard freeze overnight, so by 11am today, on an overcast(!) January day, slush ponds sprouted across all the runs, forming yet one more obstacle to avoid, in addition to the now-ubiquitous bare spots.

But despair not; on the drive home today, there was a sprinkle—yes a sprinkle!—of rain on my AWD windshield, enough to require exactly one I say one hit of my wiper blades. One wipe only, true, but that makes the first bit of 2014 precipitation, however marginal, so surely this awful dry spell has now been broken, yes??


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