UPDATE: Highland Glen in particular is in very good shape and I think we easily have another week of skiing there!
We are already at the last weekend of March and we still have skiing in town! Grooming work is primarily to smooth things out periodically; the snow is softening quickly most days and is typically getting slushy towards the afternoon. Today, we will get out at Sunset Hills and Highland Glen, potentially grooming again Saturday night/Sunday morning. Sunset Hills has some large slush patches which will only get bigger. We are also planning to smooth out the lower loops at Bridger Creek, which mostly have good coverage still. The slush is taking over the low spots and some of the upper loops have melted out, so this will be the last weekend for grooming at Bridger Creek. We will keep an eye on Sunset Hills and Highland Glen but this may well be the last weekend for them as well.
As for Sourdough, I went and took a look at conditions the other day and found the trail surface holding up surprisingly well; coverage is excellent and there is not a lot of water ice yet. However, the avalanche debris is a problem. While it is surely possible to get a snowmobile past it, any mistake would put the machine in the creek bottom. With this weekend being the last we are allowed to groom there, warm temperatures up into the mountains, and good skiing in town, we wont be getting the Pisten Bully over there (the parking lot is quite the slush pit too). Based on the weekend forecast, mid day-afternoon skiing at Sourdough should be nice spring skiing (call it sun grooming).
So, enjoy the skiing we have left, thank you everyone for an incredible season, and keep at it while the snow lasts!
On another note, as things start to melt out, keep in mind that summer trails, such as those at Highland Glen, will be extremely muddy and wet. Please use good judgement and stay off of the trails for a bit while the dry out. Highland Glen is private land and we are lucky to have year round trails there. However, it will be quite some time before any of those summer trails even show up, there is still a lot of snow! Runners, hikers, dog walkers, please be patient, there are lots of other places to go. Foot prints in the ski trail are deep this time of year and can be difficult to erase, even with the Pisten Bully, so please stay off of the ski trails for a bit longer.