We took a heli ride up to Max’s Weather Station on Friday. A sling load of rescue gear followed us in the next load. The rescue gear will be permanently stored there so that we can prep venues or openings more quickly to take advantage of the good weather windows that Ma Nature gives us.
After moving rocks, swinging twelve pound sledges, and tightening cables for a couple of hours, we felt pretty good about the Knack box surviving the worst of the storms that will pummel it in its new home.
We skied over to the Saddle, then climbed up to the rescue cache above Fastboy. A quick dig out and it was back to the Saddle for the ski down. A six to ten foot wall of windloaded snow follows the whole Headwall ridge, evidence of last week’s wind event. Five strong skiers traversed the Headwall because the skiing was so difficult. You can see the tracks in the afternoon when the sun hits it.
Speaking of sun, yesterday it finally had the power to soften the south-facing snow. It was the best non-groomer skiing of the last three weeks from one o’clock till close. So even though we don’t have fresh snow in the forecast, there are good turns to be had.