Dumping, 25 degrees.

All that mumbo jumbo about orographic lift and upslope flow, blah, blah, blah – turned out to be legit. It’s true, it finally snowed. Killington is reporting a modest 4 inches, which is very conservative in my opinion. My colleague here at Basin Sports, Jonathan, says 6-8. I’ll say definitely 6.

Dumping, 25 degrees.

All that mumbo jumbo about orographic lift and upslope flow, blah, blah, blah – turned out to be legit. It’s true, it finally snowed. Killington is reporting a modest 4 inches, which is very conservative in my opinion. My colleague here at Basin Sports, Jonathan, says 6-8. I’ll say definitely 6. Inches that is. It’s kind of hard to say because the wind is moving it around pretty freely. In fact, some exposed areas probably have less snow on them now than they did yesterday. But let us focus on those areas, most areas, that are much, much better than they were yesterday. I stalled all morning, figuring that it would only get deeper as the afternoon wore on. I think that proved to be a good move. I should add that the snow is still coming down steadily. The snow is quite dense but not because it’s wet. Rather, the crystals are very tiny. This is good, actually, because we need some dense snow to fill things in. Six inches of blower powder would not have helped us much at all.

Because I’m a law abiding citizen, I did not venture onto any trails that were cordoned off with ropes and orange signs. I did consider doing so, I’ll admit. Others certainly did. There was a beaten-in path heading into Low Rider, for instance. I appreciate the selflessness of those skiers and riders who risk lift pass and limb to pack the fresh snow into the nooks and crannies of the Beast’s ample glades. So that later, when it snows again and the woods are actually good, I can ski in there myself and not get injured. My hat’s off to you, poachers.

So what now? More snow it seems. At least here in Killington. The radar at NOAA currently shows nothing over central Vermont, and yet it continues to dump here in Killington. Must be that upslope flow. Hopefully it keeps right on flowing all night and I ski powder all day tomorrow. You should too.