The clouds and flurries refused to let go of the mountaintop yesterday until it was too dark to fly. We added another fresh half inch of powder to our total that saw no melt, bringing our total depth to 1.5” around the lodge. Temps also never got above 14° and the mercury fell to 7° during the night. The strongest of gusts placed windchill values down near a bone chilling -10° at times again. We’ll start out cold this morning, but thankfully by tonight temps could climb back above freezing. Except for when working directly underneath that helicopter wash, it’ll feel like a heatwave after where we’ve been in recent days.
Trails are very icy in numerous places up and down the mountain. Because recent foot traffic will have compacted any powder into ice, traction devices will be a must to ensure safe passage. With clear skies expected, we’ll be looking to fly in supplies all day. Reminder that lodge grounds are closed to all visitors, but Cliff Tops and Myrtle Point are always open and make great spots to sit down for a rest or snack.