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Winter Park, CO 4-27-19

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:59 am
by EMSC
Welcome to the Sierra.

Or at least the wet snowfalls they are typical of the sierra. 6" of new snow brought my son and I out for a little over half a day. THe snow was thick for Colorado and I never touched any refrozen base in any un-skied areas (creamy for sure). Fortunately it remained mostly overcast all morning keeping the dense new snow from getting to true mank for quite a few laps. Only the Mary Jane side is open this late (though gondola up/download from the winter park village is running, no skiing down to the base over there).

We got about 6 laps on Panorama in mostly un-touched or lightly touched snow before the sun started coming out with enough frequency to turn the new snow into too heavy to want to deal with. So then we skied 2 more laps on one of the more heavily skied ridge line runs before heading in for lunch. We didn't ski all that much after lunch as the new snow turned into super glue style sticky-ness. We beat it at ~1:30p after stopping by the Bronco's draft party at the base (Bronco's made day 3 draft picks from the base area with NFL network there videoing).

Currently 4-8" fell overnight last night along the divide areas with another 10-20" expected by end of Wed. Unfortunately not likely to be able to take off this week, but another storm may hit next week too so....

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Somehow in the morning rush I forgot Jr's ski poles. He was a champ and skied without any; "That's OK Dad".


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2 of the 3 'real' lifts open for skiing (Panorama & Sunnyside here; and Super Gauge serving the lower mtn)


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About as close as i got to an Action shot today.


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We did get a couple peeks at blue sky in the morning, but not many


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This was a more typical view up top


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This was a pretty typical view of how tracked things were in the trees off Pano lift.


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Someone skinned up to get the line of tracks in the bowl South of Parsenn before the sun caused lots of small slides after the sun finally came out. Seems like this would be such an easy add to the ski terrain for WP with a single lift and no cat ot hike like the cirque is...


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Sunnyside triple is being replaced with a 6 pack this summer and clearly they are trying to get the lift line to melt out fast enough to begin work the moment the ski are closes...


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Bronco's mascot and etc.. were in the base for the Draft. It was pretty low key, really.

Re: Winter Park, CO 4-27-19

PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2019 11:07 am
by jamesdeluxe
I've only skied WP a handful of times but liked how there are four different sectors, each with distinct terrain.