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Seemed accurate to me.
Skied at midday at BC. Conditions were firm, but not icey, and were consistant on all trails. Rated it as very good.
Also able to ski in the meadows and woods on the crust, although my pole plants were breaking through the crust.
There was a dusting of new snow, and another dusting occurred in the PM.
I wasn’t sure what to expect today, but my expectations were exceeded. The season lives on, if you want it.
After mid-March, grooming at Beaver Creek decreases to once or twice a week, with the interval and day often determined by the weather. Most years it’s not the snowpack that limits/ends grooming, but it’s the limited number of skiers coupled with the limited budget that causes us to cease grooming. “When the bicycles come out, and the gardens go in, the skiers disappear.” By mid-April at the most, we will cease grooming and begin bringing the equipment home.
This time of year, its usually best to ski the trails in the mornings from about 9-noon or so. If you can get there when the snow is slightly softening after the overnight freeze, and leave before the warmer daytime temps create soft or slushy conditions, then you will have the nicest skiing. The Tree loop often catches a lot of sun, so it is not a good indicator of conditions on PipeDream, BLM, or Eternity Hill.
Afternoon skiing can be ‘soft’, but if you watch the weather stations for South Pass, you may be able to catch a good day when its still cool and/or overcast, which protects the snow from softening. The South Pass DEQ website closely mimics the temps at Beaver Creek. And remember that softened areas become ice as the afternoon/evening temperatures drop.
Crust skiing is another option for this time of year. Most mornings the snow will be firm enough to skate or classic across meadows, or through the aspens, without needing to follow a groomed trail. The window of opportunity for crust skiing is narrow, often ending before noon, but it is an enjoyable exploratory outing. Warning: If the overnight temperature does not get well below freezing, you won’t float.
We will try to notify you prior to grooming for the remainder of the season, but don’t let that limit your outings. And even a morning groom can become unbearably soft by 1 PM, so use good judgement while planning and skiing. Heads up: It appears that more snow may fall up there on Tues. 3/18, so grooming is planned for Weds. AM.
Clear as mud? Questions?
The Olympics start on the 8th of Feb., Saturday. The following 2 PDF files are some compiled listings of the nordic skiing related events. One is strictly CrossCountry, the other has Biathlon, Nordic Combined, and Jumping events. The schedules aren’t complete, but it is a place to start.
2014 Olympic XC coverage – Sheet1 Crosscountry, Mens and womens, skate and classic, relays