So it snowed. Bigtime. We got 24.4" of snow in about 24 hours, with 1.47" of water. I'd estimate it has a recurrence frequency of about a year. Winter was a bit late to start. As usual, when it's slow to start, when things crank up they crank up in a big way. Although temps were 29-31F during the event, it was fairly low density. Lots of cars stuck in Girdwood, and as usual lots of rollovers in Anchorage. I hope everyone has their studs on by now. Snow depth at the top of Alyeska is 75-80" now, and ski patrol is out getting things ready for opening on the 24th. For those of you who don't know, I live in Girdwood which is where Alyeska ski resort is located.
I tried out some new skis tonight around the neighborhood and was pretty happy with them. They are kind of a hybrid between alpine (downhill) skis and cross country skis. Basically, they're waxless heavy-duty cross country skis with a metal edge. I plan to use them for meadering off-trail through the gentle woods or for the steeper cross country ski trails, but not for downhill skiing at the resort. I went up a hill in the neighborhood with ease, and then back down, turning or snowplowing. You can see the skis up against the house in the pic below.
|I don't think the Davis Weather Station is measuring water anymore. :)|
|I don't know if Nimbo can get in the doghouse anymore.|