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2007-12-23

DAY #002 - Kirkwood Gets 1st Storm

So yesterday was D-002.

Kirkwood recently got about 40" average across the mountain, and it really improved things from last week. As luck would have it, the weather has stayed rather cold and preserved the snow for the weekend, even if it was a little wind packed.

The mountains still need more. Kirkwood has between 60-80" snow for the season, but in areas it looks like the snow on the slopes is more like 18".

OBSTACLES: The snow phone warns us of "obstacles" a new euphemism for boulders, rocks, cliffs, tree branches or any other myriad of natural items that most people who come here are used to being completely covered by the snow. But this year is a really slow start for the mountain, and the recent snow has turned what was obviously a scary and intimidating terrain visible last week, to one that is now disguised by a thin layer of snow. But if you venture of the groomed runs, it is a matter of time before your base encounters these "obstacles" or even worse, your body. Nearly every one in our cabin had a run in with them yesterday, and the bruises, cuts, damaged skis all have badges.

We are all hoping for the next big storm which looks like it will finally put enough snow on the mountain for minimal coverage to be truly enjoyed.

But the second day of the season on wind packed powder has had its toll on the legs and knees and I am now sore and about to get ready to head out into another day on the slopes.

Anyways off to the slopes, and then a few last minute christmass items to be purchased......

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