Conditions were firm but ride-able, and the air was surprisingly cold for this time of year.
I think this is the third year in a row I’ve made it to Mt. Holly’s season opener and this year mother nature has not been kind to us. Fortunately their investments/upgrades in snowmaking now allow them to do a partial open on as few as three days notice with snowmaking temps and they were able to pull that off again this year.
Looks like the snow season is fully under way here in Michigan, all the metro-Detroit area resorts are reporting for duty and the West/Southwest side of the state got hammered with 12″ or more over the last few days, the up-north resorts looking to score some lake effect freshiez this weekend so tune up that shred stick and get after it!
It has been cold enough the last 2 nights that Mt. Holly had been blowing all their guns just to get a few trails open for Thanksgiving weekend. The “snow” wasn’t very good but in fairness it was better than I had anticipated, mostly hardpack with a little bit of ice here and there but it was easy to stay clear of it. There were only three trails and one chair open but it was good to meet up with a few guys from Snowboardingforum.com and just get on the snow and ride for a few hours.
Thanks to some old Pagan ritual, winter officially begins on December 21. But for snowboarders and skiers, winter often begins much earlier than that, when the first ski resorts open their ticket counters and start up the chairlifts. Even those of us stuck in the Midwest are usually able to get some turns in by early December at the latest, but in the more mountainous regions, winter comes much earlier than that.