This update was sent in by Jesse Crandall, the Head Ski Coach at Western State College in Gunnison, CO.
Western State College Ski Team coaches Evan Weiss (Alpine) and Jesse Crandall (Nordic) spent Wednesday evening on snowmobiles pulling a Tidd Tech groomer in the Kebler Pass area just 6 miles from Crested Butte. The heavy snowfall left 12-15 inches of great snow that will provide some amazing skiing for the Western State Ski Team as well as every one in the Gunnison Valley who is ready for winter. The snow was heavy, by Colorado standards, but not too wet and groomed out very well. â€œI just hope that we get to enjoy the fresh tracks before the next storm hits and we have to groom again,â€ said Jesse Crandall in reference to the fact that snow is predicted through the weekend. The packed base is 6-8 inches thick and will hold up very well.
The forecast calls for the snow to abate Thursday afternoon and Friday, with another system moving in Saturday afternoon. The groomers waited for darkness to compact the snow in order for cooler temperatures to make grooming most effective. Unfortunately, there are no skiing pictures yet, but the track was already firm enough to support walking and the tracks should be excellent for the weekend with level skate lanes also. Crested Butte is the place to be for your October skiing!
Train hard! Ski fast!