Arizona/New Mexico 2018-19 Four Corners Weather, Conditions & Stoke

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  1. Fishbowl

    Fishbowl A Parallel Universe Skier

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    We were at Purgatory a few weeks ago right after the last storm. I don't know what their normal level of grooming is, but there seemed to be a good blend of groomed and ungroomed terrain. To be fair, we tend to seek out the powder, bumps and trees, and only use the groomers to get back to the lifts, so are not the best when it comes to grading how good the trails are. I think it is fair to say that as you get further towards lift 8 at Purgatory, the terrain gets less groomer friendly. We had a great three days there with a nice variety of terrain to enjoy. Just saying that the conditions you encountered may have been peculiar to that weekend and not reflective of the season in general.
     
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    Waited out the control work at the best place ever this morning and made it to the lot at Wolf by 9:30. Puking all morning, fat skis required right now.
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  3. Fishbowl

    Fishbowl A Parallel Universe Skier

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    Please only ski the powder st Snowbowl today if you are capable of making nice, rounded, deep bumps.
     
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  4. raisingarizona

    raisingarizona Getting off the lift Skier

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    There’s going to be some serious bumps after this one. It’s the super fluff.
     
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  5. raisingarizona

    raisingarizona Getting off the lift Skier

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    Why is it so quiet in here? Some of you have been skiing right?

    I got some serious funk that kicked in last Tuesday so during the storm of the century I got 3 runs in. Yup.....3. I haven’t been sick like this for 11 years, ugh.
     


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    That sucks man! The funk is going around, saw on the news in CO like half the kids at one school were out last week. I skied Purg, Wolf, and Hesperus the last few days. Bummed I missed the storm at Snowbowl but I reaped the goods in CO. Definitely one of the deeper storms I've ever chased. It was balls deep at Wolf on Thursday, I heard reports of Tuesdays In The Snow deep on Alberta but I knew better than to venture over there in low vis. It was seriously fun skiing, the kind where the only thing you have to worry about is losing a ski until May. I talked to a few locals at Purg and Hesperus and they are saying these are the best conditions in the last 10-15 years. Pretty much everything above 7k is skiable in the San Juans right now. I saw turns on the hills above the river in downtown Durango.

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    Hesperus right after fog rolled in. One lap and it went from clear to full on frozen fog. IMG_0454.jpg

    Chapman Ski Hill in downtown Durango. Cool little hill with two rope tows. IMG_0455.jpg

    Hesperus yesterday morning. The mountain manager said this was a historic storm. IMG_0457.jpg

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  7. raisingarizona

    raisingarizona Getting off the lift Skier

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    Rad! Thanks for posting up core! I needed that. Hopefully I can get out tomorrow for a short tour.
     
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  8. Jerez

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    Santa Fe had 31 inches in 48 hours. 24 overnight Friday. We got up Saturday shortly before the road closed for a while thanks to the cluster caused by the 6 or so cars that inevitably got stuck. Mountain was near empty and the upper mountain didn't open for an hour or so.

    No worries on making round turns for bump development because there was no making turns for the most part. Just straight down whooping over the pillows and splashing into the troughs. I got very first tracks in Bozo... and third and fourth and also in Bozo glade.

    I have never skied conditions like that. It was quite literally over my head! I was choking and coughing all afternoon from the cold smoke in my lungs. And laughing with every soft poof.

    I thought about photos but.... sorry

    Then I got clipped in the upper thigh by a pointy boulder and bruised my leg pretty hard. The rock must have been 20 or more inches down and two feet up to snag me where it did. I helicoptered onto my back in bug position and was buried deep. Scary! Had to self-talk to gather my wits and dig myself out. Only took 2 more runs after that. But it was worth it for those 6 magical runs.

    I want it again!
     
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    A couple more pics, only time I busted out my good camera on the trip. Hesperus yesterday morning and a fully zoomed in shot of the La Platas. Almost looks like ski tracks up there.
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    I was at Snowbowl on Friday and Saturday. Friday was snowing, heavy at times. Saturday was bluebird and crowded. Bombing on both days so left side of Agassiz was cut off in the morning. In you timed it right and got up there when the left side open, snow was knee to waist deep. Snow was fantastic everywhere and you couldn't go wrong. Started to warm Saturday and looks like the days after. FeelsBadMan
     
  11. raisingarizona

    raisingarizona Getting off the lift Skier

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    My three runs were on Friday morning and I went left side off first chair for the first two laps. Shhh. It was DEEP. 3rd lap was in Second Gully down to Friesland Prairie Road. After that I was toast and stuck in bed through Sunday. On Monday I got to make up for it with one of my very own top ten tours ever here in the back country. I’m ok now.
     
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    Weekend storm keeps trending wetter. Sunday could be a decent powder day.
     
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    @raisingarizona love the bc pics man, great to see a side of our mountain that not many get to.
     
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    Snowbowl from the Rustlers.
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    Speed lines in Christmas Tree. Photo by Troy Marino.
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  17. Jerez

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    Wolf Creek got the big numbers down here but little Santa Fe had a surprise powdery day. It had rained in town and was foggy so it was like a weekday. Very nice silky snow.
     
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    AZ Snowbowl picked up a few inches, enough to refresh the base. I'd call it silky too. Trees were skiing well in the gladed areas.

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  19. Lift Blog

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    That chair still getting replaced with a chondola soon?
     
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