We kick things off today in our daily snow report with some vision of a “pre-ski” at Solitude as it prepares for its public season debut tomorrow. Fine weather is once again expected, so if you are getting itchy feet for some early season turns, be sure to get out early.
This time of year always is busy with resort openings. Resorts seem to always be fighting as to the “first” and another “first” has been achieved with Cypress Mountain becoming the first mountain to open in British Columbia in Canada. Located just out of downtown Vancouver with superb vistas of the city, this resort was one of the featured locations for the 2010 Olypmics, though failed to deliver much snow for competitors at all. We wish them a much better season this year.
Breckenridge is also gearing up for their big 50th anniversary opening and what better way to do it that create a beer to mark the occasion. It’s like the gift you give when the person already has everything. A brilliant town, a superb mountain, a great lifestyle, a kick butt terrain park and now, your own special beer. Does it even matter if it tastes any good?
Another resort set to open is Mammoth Mountain in California and they have plenty of snow to kick things off. Mammoth got absolutely slammed last year with some of the biggest snowfalls I have ever seen in my life and if this year is half as good, guests are in for a real treat. I can remember looking at snow cams in May and June earlier this year and it might as well have been from February. The base pretty much buried everything and I’m sure there are still resort guests waking up today with a smile on their face after “that day” they had at Mammoth last year.
A little further north of Mammoth and the Northstar resort, a recent addition to the Vail Resorts family is boasting a pretty significant figure. They claim to have already made 7.5 times the snow as compared to the same time last year. That’s a pretty significant stat and a sign of the resorts commitment to getting things up and running as soon as possible.
In Utah and Park City has been testing their recently installed RFID technology. This is certainly not an industry first with Snow Report TV having already tested the technology in Colorado, Australia and New Zealand. It gets our thumbs up and tick of approval as the technology allows you to place your lift pass inside your jacket and then you simply go through the RFID enabled gates (or have a lift operator scan your ticket) which read your ticket and allow you onto the lift. This opens up so many possibilities and we can assure you that we are excited to see another resort moving with the times.
That’s all from today, so be sure to let us know your thoughts on what is happening below and check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds to keep on top of the latest news and we’ll see you, on the mountain.