May 18, 2013

May 18 Powder

Cindy's Ski Haus normally closes in late April and undergoes a white-to-green metamorphosis in May to become Cindy's Garden. But, the poor Anchorage gardeners have gone from disappointed with the lack of autumn snow and deep frost to downright sad with a May 18 snowfall worthy of a winter storm warning by the National Weather Service.
May 18, Ski Haus Deck or Garden?
The May storm brought the snow we missed last October. When it comes to snowstorms in May, polite skiers contain their exuberance around gardeners and others inured to the 230 days between the first and last snowy days of the white season.  DP and yours truly waited until we were beyond earshot to whoop it up.
Shredding Arctic Valley
We made our way to Arctic Valley, the Anchorage locale that received the greatest amount of snow in the May 18 storm.  The snow started falling warm and bonded well, but the last several inches of Arctic Valley fluff fell when the temperature was 12 to 18F.  Rendezvous offered blower face shots all day!

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