Summit Up 10-14-12: Waiting with bated breath for more snow
Ryan Summerlin October 13, 2012
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that was underestimating the heating power of our office. Turns out we’re doing just fine in here, nice and toasty in fact.
Tea in hand, space heater cranking after consistent, but light, snow has us thinking it’s gotta be any day now for one of the ski areas to open their slopes.
Us mountain folk saw the first really significant snow in the county on Saturday. We’re getting close to the middle of October and can mark our snow tally so far at around two inches. Not great but not bad either!
A stark contrast to Kandace Keefer, reading the Summit Daily from Akumal Mexico, the High Country is experiencing snow! And with snow comes skiing (or snowboarding if that’s what you’re into). It’s about time to feel a little snow under the good ol’ planks, we can’t wait.
Flash Back Alert!! Flash Back Alert!! Last winter, there was a snow storm that produced 8 inches Oct. 13, that allowed Arapahoe Basin to open the very next day. We’re just a step or two behind this right now so everybody put on your snow boots and make necessary sacrifices to the snow gods.
And now a quick look at the weather forecast through the rest of the weekend into early next week. This time of year, the big news is the weather!
Unfortunately we don’t have any big dumps projected anytime soon. Starting today the high temps are going to bounce between to mid-50s to the low 60s. Low temps are looking good though and humidity is low which sets our local ski industry up with prime snowmaking conditions.
Snow season is among us and honestly we’ve been hearing some mixed reviews from town folk! Some are ready for the major dumpings while others are grapsing onto that final feeling of the fall sunshine.
Some are so fanatically ready for the snow we’re frankly a little taken aback. Don’t get us wrong though, we’re definitely stoked for the pow days and finding excuses to get on the hill during the work week.
The days leading up to ski area openings, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland in particular, are filled with everyone in the county brainstorming on how to get out of work.
Here’s a little advice for the masses: Start nailing down your snow day excuses now because the more quickly you develop rare flu-like symptoms or unbelievable logistical issues, the more likely they are to slip under the radar of your boss and free you to enjoy the first runs of the season!
Off to formulate excuses. We out.