May 21, 2018

  • 8:47pm

    We are still in the peak of Spring (getting close to Summer) skiing. Good snow with plenty of fun stuff coming up. Come on up this weekend for some great morning skiing. Saturday afternoon Whitewater Ramble plays Mountain Goat Plaza. Sunday afternoon we are hosting the Festival of the Brewpubs with 14 craft brewers sharing their goods. Can't think of a better place to spend Memorial Day weekend.

  • 5:00am

    The skiing is holding up nicely on the Upper Mountain. I strongly suggest skiing the groomers although Lenawee Parks has been quite good in the morning. The best snow might be found on the Cornice Run. We have had to consolidate the Lower Mountain trails to get the water flowing where we want it to and to keep good, deep snow into the base area.

May 20, 2018

  • 7:47pm

    It has been a bit of stormy weekend with nice mornings followed by unsettled afternoons. We have had a little thunder and even a couple of brief lightning closures. Very often, the storm breaks up in the late afternoon creating beautiful images with blue sky, clouds and sun. I took these walking to my car yesterday afternoon on my way home.

May 19, 2018

May 18, 2018

  • 4:14pm

    I think it is always good to see it snow. We have some nice big wet flakes falling down right now. I don't think the snow forecast huge. We should have stormy, unsettled weather over the weekend. If we are lucky, we may see a few inches. You know, this snowing/skiing/snowboarding thing is pretty good. Like really good.

May 17, 2018

  • 8:35am

    Here are a few more thoughts on the three types of snowfences. In general, fences work better above timberline. The ideal fence is on or near a ridge crest and deposits snow where skiers want to ski.  Often, our bigger, permanent fences are on the edges of a trail. As wind and snow blows towards a trail, it hits one of this big fences and slows down. When the wind slows down, the snow falls out making drifts. We try and position the big fences so the snow lands where the snowcats can get to it and create beautiful, groomed ski trails.

    The snowcat and human portable fences are a bit different. They don't catch as much as snow, but they can be very effective. We typically set them right in the middle of the ski trail. This way we catch snow right on the trail. Much of this work occurs before the trail is open to the public so our guests might not always see it happening. Once the fences have effectively caught snow, we move the fences out of the way to let skiers or the snowcats pack it down. In yesterday blog, I was talking about putting the fences right back in the middle of the trail to catch snow next fall.

May 16, 2018

  • 3:36pm

    One of the very first things we do with Montezuma Bowl, once it is closed for the season, is to get the snowfences ready for next season. Zuma has a mixture of permanent snowfences, snowcat portable snowfences and smaller human portable snowfences. The snowcat portable fences (it takes a snowcat to move them) have to be stored somewhere. Yesterday the Trails Crew and the Ski Patrol placed these fences just where we want them to be when the snow starts flying next Fall. This way, they start catching snow from the very earliest snow events. We place all three types of fences in a strategic path to catch snow and to establish the first trail with deep snow. 

May 15, 2018

  • 7:42pm

    I enjoyed some very nice runs out on the hill this afternoon. We are well into the Spring now. Montezuma Bowl is closed. Lenawee Mountain, Black Mountain Express and Molly Hogan are our turning chairlifts. As we get later and later in the season, the best skiing is found in areas that have been packed the most by skiers, or even more so, by the snowcats. Cornice / West Wall were exceptional. We will keep grooming that as long as we can. It was fun.

    If Spring is your thing, The Basin is the place to be. We have some great stuff coming up. Surf band, The Beloved Invaders plays this Saturday. On May 26 Colorado favorite, Whitewater Ramble will be at Mountain Goat Plaza. And... of course, May 27 we host the Festival of the Brewpubs featuring Mojo Mama. Lots of fun to go.

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