April 14, 2013
It was cold and sometimes clear on the last day of Sun Valley's ski season. I wasn't there for Bald Mountain's finale, but, as they have done throughout the year, the ski patrol, lift crew, snowmaking and grooming crews made sure that Baldy had the best and safest conditions to the end. All Baldy skiers are grateful to them. Everything was firm today and temperatures were cold. Most of the many costumed skiers today were underdressed. The bowls opened briefly but conditions were firm and they were quickly closed.
The final avalanche advisory of the season indicates avalanche danger is rated MODERATE at most elevations and aspects in the Smoky, Sawtooth and Boulder Mountains and on upper and mid elevation terrain with west, north and east aspects in the Wood River Valley. High winds accompanied the last storm and there are both soft and hard wind slabs in many places. There is lots of backcountry skiing left in the year.
Cold temperatures covered the Nordic trails today. The trail from Cathedral Pines to Galena Lodge and some of the trails around the lodge were groomed this morning. Galena Lodge is closed for the season.
This from Friedrich Nietzsche: "The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable."
Naturally, the end of the ski season is the end of the Dorworth ski report. Thanks for your readership. May Ullr watch over all your turns, on snow and off.