Down near the Alpine Lodge, I grab a quick coffee after having dealt with First Aid calls and general maintenance of the ski area all morning. Having received over thirty centimetres of snow the night before and over eighty centimetres in the past four days, the trees dotted all along the resort are covered in a hard rime, converting them to the iconic snow ghosts of Mount Washington. However, with this also comes the task of clearing the boundary lines and bamboo of the same ice, thoughts of unfinished areas go through my mind as I make my way towards the Eagle chair. Just moments earlier, the avalanche control team had given the go ahead for opening of the Outback after a long early morning of concentrating on making sure the front side of the mountain was safe for the public.
21 December 2012