Archive for ‘Mountain News’

Patrol training

Our first week of training culminated with Sourdough Weekend. Our volunteer staff helps immensely during busy periods. We often have a big variance in ticket sales from weekdays to weekends. Without the Volunteers we would not be able to open the Headwall or the Moneys nearly as often. They dig …Read More

Posted by —November 13th, 2010

Roaring to Go

It never fails. The blank and rather stunned look on people’s faces when I say, “As a matter of fact, we do have snowmaking at Alyeska.” The fact we live along one of the most beautiful stretches of open water, located in the northern-most coastal temperate rain forest does not …Read More

Posted by —October 30th, 2010

The final countdown

Squaw Valley recently hosted ISSW 2010. The International Snow Science Workshop is billed as a “merging of theory and practice.” That means those of us that work on snow day in and day out share what we see in our daily duties and the scientists run experiments to see what …Read More

Posted by —October 27th, 2010

Termination Dust

The big old Harvest moon gave us a extra celestial show by revealing Jupiter as close as it’ll be until 2026 or so. The essence of sinessense hangs in the air. Its mixture of wet dog and old tennis shoes signals that the plants are dying or hibernating and the …Read More

Posted by —September 27th, 2010

Top-to-Bottom Fun

From the top of the tram, without much of a warm up, I rode down towards the lower trail. A sharp turn and some big rocks mark the official entrance to the downhill section. Yeah, those first couple turns definitely felt sharp. . . and steep. . . leading to …Read More

Posted by —September 19th, 2010