End of the ski season
2009-07-03 16:18:03.000 – Brian Clark, Observer and Meteorologist
No snow left in Airplane Gully
This afternoon saw an unexpected break in the fog that has engulfed the summit for the majority of the past week. This, along with seasonable temperatures in the upper forties and relatively calm winds made for a good chance to get outside for a little bit.
My short hike down to the Great Gulf Headwall had another purpose as well. I wanted to see if there was any snow left for some July skiing. Just slightly less than a month ago, Mike Finnegan and I found plenty of snow left in both Airplane Gully and Turkey Chute on the headwall. However, we have seen a lot of fog and rain between now and then, both of which tend to make snow disappear very quickly. This made me less than optimistic as I made my way down the Gulfside Trail, enough so that I didn’t even take my ski equipment with me.
I found exactly what I expected once I got down there, bare rock and alpine vegetation, neither of which are any good for skiing. There were a couple of small patches of snow left at the base of the headwall, but not worth the hiking and bushwaking it would take to get to the 4 or 5 turns they would provide. It was nice to get outside though and I even got to see some sunshine! The sad part is that this officially ends the 2008-2009 ski season for me. It was another great one with a ton of days on snow on and off the mountain (at least 70-80). Here’s hoping that the next few months go by quickly so that the 2009-2010 season can get started!
Brian Clark, Observer and Meteorologist