Feb. 07, 1955
Feb. 07, 1955

Table of Contents
Feb. 7, 1955

Pat On The Back
  • A salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, if not yet its tallest headlines

  • Olympic Track Star Mal Whitfield of the U.S. runs, demonstrates and lectures in Northern Rhodesia at the end of a five-month international tour building good will through sport

The Wonderful World Of Sport
Sporting Look
Column Of The Week
Snow Patrol
Fisherman's Calendar
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over


A late roundup of snow conditions in America from a picked group of local skiers

Compiled by Bill Wallace

NS=new snow; PO=powder; PP=packed powder; HP=hard-packed snow; HB=hard base; GR=granular; FG=frozen granular; CO=corn snow; BC=breakable crust; UC=unbreakable crust; W=wet; IC=icy condition; BS=bare spots; DC=dangerous condition; CL=trail or slope closed.

This is an article from the Feb. 7, 1955 issue Original Layout


The Eastern areas are hoping for new snow following recent cold wave, while Western resorts continue to report good-to-excellent conditions

NEW ENGLAND: FRANCONIA, N.H.: 1 PO on 4-40 HB with conditions consistently good. Temps, ranged from 20 below to 22 above.

NORTH CONWAY, N.H.: Skiing has been scratchy due to GR surface on 7-10 HB with some IC. Gibson Trophy race scheduled here for Feb. 6.

STOWE, VT.: 1 PO on 28-40 HB. Some NS would certainly help. Average temp, last week was 3 below.

MAD RIVER GLEN, VT.: 2 PP on 30-48 HP with occasional icy spots. N.Y. City Ski Council interclub race planned for Feb. 5-6.

BIG BROMLEY, VT.: Weekend attendance mark was shattered again as some 6,000 schussed over 3 PP on 7-20 HB. Waiting time on the lifts hit 20 minutes.

BERKSHIRE MTS., MASS.: Jiminy Peak has been going for two weekends with 3-10 FG and some PP. NS would be appreciated. Otis Ridge needs at least 4 PO. So does Catamount.

NEW YORK: BELLEAYRE: 2 PP on 5-10. Skiing is fair to good, with 10-20 minute wait for lifts. New gross receipts record set last Sat. by crowds of 3,700.

WHITEFACE MT.: They're having a real old-fashioned winter up here, plenty of snow and cold. 10 HP on lower level.

TURIN: 4 PO on 18. February is usually the big month in this area.

QUEBEC: LAC BEAUPORT: 1 PO on maximum; 42 HB. Over 600 ice monuments ready for winter carnival parade. Feb. 5.

MONT TREMBLANT: PO surface on 31-50 HB. The skiing here has been good to excellent most of the winter. Ryan Cup race scheduled for Feb. 6.

PENNSYLVANIA: LIGONIER: Laurel Mt. has had its best season ever, and this week is no exception: 6-14 new PO on 2-10 base. Recent temps, zero to 15 above.

MIDWEST: BOYNE MT., MICH.: 4-8 PP plus 3-4 NS on 8-10 HB—the best snow conditions since 1948. Vacationing collegians helped weekend attendance hit 1,100.

TERRY PEAK, so. DAK.: 2-3 NS has arrived almost daily. Base is now 36-48 and skiing rates excellent. Recent temps, have been mild.

ROCKY MTS.: BKRTHOUD PASS, COLO.: Trails are smooth thanks to 10 NS (skied down to 5 PP in some places) over 20-26 HB. Highways clear.

ASPEN, COLO.: Roads from Denver are icy. All trails PP on 18-30, no lift lines.

SUN VALLEY, IDAHO: Base totals are down to 28 atop Baldy, 10 on valley floor. Some NS would be welcome indeed.

ALTA, UTAH: Skiing is near-perfect thanks to 9 light PO on 70-79 HB. Waiting time for lift runs 15 min. Young snow bunnies have been packing the lower slopes every weekend; and experts escape into upper trails.

SANTA FE, N.MEX.: 6 old PO on 24, temps. 20-45. Open slopes have been fair to good.

WHITEFISH, MONT.: Old snow has settled to 36-40 PB with 1-2 NS surface.

JACKSON, WYO.: Skiers here are all smiles thanks to 12-20 dry PP. Roads open but drivers should bring auto chains just in case.

NORTHWEST: GROUSE MT., BRITISH COLUMBIA: Rain—skiers' No. 1 enemy—fell last week, icing trails. 3 W on frozen base with totals from 65 to 90. Substantial wait for lifts on ski-school Saturdays.

MT. BAKER. WASH.: Fast, W and BC surfaces have separated the men from the boys. Skiing is only fair due to W heavy snow on 91 HP base. IC on access roads.

STEVENS PASS, WASH.: 65 total but no NS. Best skiing is under the chair lift.

MT. HOOD, ORE.: Needed for good skiing—2 NS to go with 97 base. Trails from Timberline to Govt. Camp icy with ruts, not for beginners. Latter has no NS, 50 base.

FAR WEST: SQUAW VALLEY, CALIF.: 60-108 HP. Skiing here has been excellent most of the winter. Daytime temps. 45-60. Crowd last weekend hit 3,500, but no wait for lifts.

SNOW VALLEY, CALIF.: North slope IC, south slope is mushy but not too bad. Base 48 HP.

RENO, NEV.: Ski conditions still tops. 2 PO over 48 PP in lower areas, 72 HB on upper.

MT. BALDY, CALIF.: 36-48 PP in the sheltered bowls. Traffic jams on access roads seem to have cleared. Sight-seers still outnumber the skiers but there are plenty of the latter, causing 20 min. weekend wait for upper lift.