I headed up to Beech today and thought I would send a couple pics. Today was not the best photo taking conditions, so please keep that in mind. Plus with temps ranging from 7 to a high of 9…it was not that fun to take the gloves off to snap a few!
I was there from noon till about 5…in that time my scientific truck bed snow measurement device registered between 1 to 2" of nice powder.
My guess on why Beech reported primary as "hard pack" is because of wind scour. Along all of the runs from the top; nice powder could be found along the edges near the trees, but there were areas of hard pack, and ice here and there. My thought is that the rather strong winds on the middle of the slopes (not protected by the trees) kept blowing the nice light fluffy snow over to the sides of the slopes. I guess it is better to report hard pack, and have people surprised by nice snow, than to have people complain about ice when reporting powder??