After a strong showing of excellent winter powder early in the week, the last day's of Crystal's "regular" season whimpered out after a run of foggy wet weather and sloppy snow. Disappointed, I watched from home as the cameras showed thick fog and 38 degree "snow". A quick dash to the mountain bike trails between lowland showers found the dirt perfect and the temperatures short-sleeve warm – more fun than the reports from the mountain of glove-soaking wetness and sloppy, new snow. With Crystal open just 2 days a week for the extended spring/summer season, it will continue to be hard getting good weather to coincide with the weekend-only opening. Like this week. Sunny and warm during the week, then showers coming next weekend. With operations limited to 2 lifts, then one, the draw diminishes.
Looking back, it was a good winter. Bucking the norms, conditions were backwards by memorical standards (Memorical: Adj - History as memory recalls it, not always accurate, but sworn to be true). The season started strong as it often does and continued deep and cold through december as it often doesn't. January brought in the crowds, as usual, and the dry, lack-of-snow icy groomer days, as usual. When the ski school mobs subsided in late february, we expected the march dumps to quickly fluff up the hill. MIA they were. A taste here, some sun there, a powder quickie out north or south. We waited. And waited. A dump of pow and it was Game On. Then, game off. Then… The last 2 years made us think that late february through the end would be full of new snow. The Law of Averages made us pay for the awesome december with a more mediocre spring. More Hawaii shirt days in january and february than march. Best spring pow last sunday and tuesday. A good year, a great year. Just in a different order, at different times.
A quick compilation of the season. My season, my winter, good times.
Some good mountain biking this week, as the trails will be dried after a slight dampening, providing excellent traction, no mud, and dry wood. Long term says showers moving in friday through the weekend. If the weekend looks like a bust, drop off your skis at Sturtevant's for a ½ price tune and wax on friday the 26th (one day only).