Bare Spots and Thin Coverage Starting to Show Around the region.

Mark McKelvy reports from Sugar on Monday:

I accidentally turned the alarm off instead of hitting the snooze button this morning, so I didn’t make it up to Sugar until around 11:00 AM.  I had been meaning to get back to Sugar since they have opened their advanced terrain up.  Today they had Tom Terrific and Whoopdedoo open, but not Boulder Dash.  I knew it was going to be warm today, but I was not prepared for it to be this warm.  The snow was definitely mashed potatoes by the time I got to it, and since I just added some rub on paste wax to my board instead of using a nice warm temp hot wax my board stuck to the snow like glue.  Even on the steep runs it felt like it was holding on to the snow.  The sun was out earlier, but then the clouds started to come and go the rest of the day.  The park was open, but with my board and the snow being so sticky I was not in it too much.  There are not really any bare spots yet on the main trails (there are on some of the smaller trails), but there are brown spots everywhere and I am not liking the way it is looking and feeling so please do your snow dances.  So it looks like I still need to make another trip back to Sugar when the snow is better and I have the right wax.

On-Snow Reporters:

We will keep a log of the best reporter’s submission, photos and reports. Trust us it is way to time consuming to post every pic…but send them…because we are tallying the scores.  The winner of the Best On Snow Reporter for 2005-2006 will win $1000 in cash, a FREE Getaway Vacation and more.  The contest will run from now through March 1st and we will choose the winner.  Our choice will be based on the following and IN THE ORDER of importance.

Quality of Photos
Quality of Reports (well written, informative, unbiased)
Number of Photo Submissions
Number of Reports

Extra points will be given for getting smiling faces in the photos and including names and cities where you can.

Extra points will be awarded for creative ideas.

We will choose the winner based on how helpful and informative the reports have been.

As of 01/10/2006 here are the top vote getters. (We will only document the top three to five here throughout the season…and we may begin posting the top ten, depending on how close results are.)

1. Lorrie Tomlinson
2. Kent Jackson
3. Mark McKelvy
4. Gresham Barker

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