It's a beautiful, clear, COLD day up top. The high temperature yesterday reached 10 degrees. The overnight low reached negative 23 degrees. It was negative 21 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain received 7 inches of new snow yesterday, bringing our snowfall total to 10 inches. The trails are still pretty slick, the 7 fresh powder inches are easy to walk through but there is still an icy baselayer beneath that. I would highly recommend Microspikes if you intend to reach the summit. Needless to say, it is extremely cold out. If you intend to reach the summit, be prepared for arctic temperatures. Windchills are expected to dip into the negative 40's on the summit. Be careful & have fun out there!
The snow was absolutely marvelous yesterday. The flurries started at 7:30am and really picked up around 11am. I waited until 3pm, then started skiing around the mountain. Boot deep snow, absolutely nobody else in the park (bless the snowy roads!), powder still swirling, trees laden with the heavy happiness of winter and self-propelled motion! What else could a young man wish for?! I carved a nice little run down from the office to the bear trap, 3 solid turns and about 10 seconds of snowy adrenaline. It was too much fun. I didn't realize I lost feeling in my hands until I tried to open the door. My smile clearly mattered more than the numbness. Sometimes, I can't believe this is my life.