As spring skiing begins so do spring conditions. While you soak up the sun, it’s important to remember that the snow surface is constantly changing due to the warming temperatures. It can be a ton of fun but you’ll want to stay alert as you make your way around the mountain. Skier safety is Copper’s number one goal! Here are things to remember:
- As temperatures rise during the day, the snow begins to melt. As it dips back below freezing, the snow freezes again. This makes for a hard icy surface the following morning making for “crunchy” turns. This will be especially evident on ungroomed terrain.
- As the snow melts again, the snow gets softer - like the texture of “mashed potatoes”. Recognize this will change the way your skis or board moves through the snow so watch your speed and ensure that your equipment is tuned properly.
- The aspect of the terrain may affect how soft the snow can get. For example, Copper Bowl is south facing so on a warm bluebird day, it softens up the most by the afternoon (and is great expert skiing then!) North facing terrain is a better bet during the morning hours.
- Obstacles will begin to appear that were previously covered by snow. Always be paying attention and avoid these areas.
- As always, don’t duck any patrol rope or ignore any sign! They are placed there for your safety. Ski Patrol isn’t trying to ruin your day; they just want to make sure you keep having fun.
There are other things to remember for a spring day on the slopes such as wearing sunscreen and staying hydrated. Learn about all of Copper’s safety initiatives here.