Now the fun s@$%. Pictures below.
Just how much snow did Sky Tavern get?
Since we don't have a slick marketing department but just a yardstick, since Dec 15th, 153 inches. 100 of them dropped in this storm cycle. Go look at the top of your first story on your house where the roofline starts. That is 100 inches.
FYI. A year ago on this date, we were assembling the Webster carpet lift. Fifty volunteers with power tools.
There are five of us that get to go to work when the road is closed. The road closed last week and someone has plowed & groomed every day including Christmas. Sunday was the worse condition I have ever seen. The one-lane road base was packed and new powder. The truck was pushing snow and traveling just below the top of the guard rail in a total white-out. A little tense. Lots of snow.
Snow out on the hill. We want to pack it down and turn it into an ice cube. That way it stays around for a long time. That is what the snowcats are for and why they are in motion all the time during a storm. There is a crew that work really long nights.
The opposite is true in the parking lot and the decks. If we don't stay ahead of snowfall by plowing and blowing, we get the same ice cube and it never goes away. Just the way we have to do things. It is all about farming snow.
Some new sights.
Tourists standing in the middle of the road in front of the Reindeer Lodge sign taking selfies. Cars sliding around them. I did my best impersonation of John Dunton with a grizzly in a field and yelled.
Snowboarders and skiers going down the middle of the closed highway not noticing two tired guys in a huge Toyota truck on their butts. They were skiing and riding poorly by the way.
An Amazon semi wins it all. Admittedly the road was open. A full-size semi-truck creeping down the road towards Reno right at the Tannenbaum Event Center. No chains on it, 200 cars behind it. The interesting part was he was aimed uphill in the downhill lane, backing his way to Reno. Guess he made it.
There is still a huge amount of clearing to do. Webster is out, Rocco is 4 feet under. The new blow-up building is so buried it looks like a ski jump. And does anyone have a metal detector? We lost a manhole cover while plowing. We sort of know where it is. HELP!