Downhill skiing on hold, but cross-country runs open

Cory Hurley
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Luke Flight, 11, was enjoying the skiing conditions at the Blow Me Down Trails Monday as he took part in the after-school skiing program.

CORNER BROOK — While Marble Mountain remains closed due to the significant loss of snow recently, the Blow Me Down Trails is the place to be get some skiing in.

Downhill skiers have been carving up the slopes since Marble’s Boxing Day opening. The heavy and near constant snowfall in the mid to latter part of December had the ski hill in mid-season form from the get-go.

Unfortunately, a mild spell and heavy rains put an end to that in recent weeks, and downhill skiing has been on hold ever since.

There is some hope at Marble early this week following the recent snowfall and the forecasted drop in temperature. The hope was that snow-making would resume overnight, continue through the week, and slopes would open again Friday.

The mountain nearly lost all its snow on the top, said Chris Beckett, Marble’s general manager.

“It definitely was disappointing, especially because of the good start we had,” he said. “It is out of our control. We roll with the punches.”

He said the hill’s opening all depends on weather conditions for the rest of the week. He hopes the forecasted natural snow this week also comes to fruition. Although it is too early to say for sure, Beckett expects the learning area would open and the runs from the Governor’s Express lift.

Meanwhile, Shawn Leamon, general manager of Blow Me Down Trails, was raving about the conditions of the cross-country ski runs Monday.

He said only two days of skiing were lost at the trails during the heavy rainfall. The trails managed to maintain the base of snow they had, allowing skiing to continue despite the mild and wet weather.

“We had to do some work around the brooks and places like that, pushing some snow around to make to skiable,” he said. “We were fortunate.”

Now that there was a fresh snowfall, he said the slopes are back to great ski conditions again. They are hoping for more snow now to get the remaining outer five trails open.

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Marble Mountain

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