Good Morning skiers and snowboarders! The powder is deep and the weather almost perfect with light snow and cold air. The Ski Park opened with over eleven feet of snow at the top! They groomed trails and grilled hamburgers for the staff; plowed roads and shoveled stairs for the crowds; and uncorked bottles for the Après Ski affectionados (and professionals, but more on that later). The crowds that have waited a week for this event braved a winter blizzard and potential road closures to be here first thing in the morning to lay those first tracks of the day. It is perfect! Except last night the power went out yet again. Pac Power has to find and fix the problem . . . again. The Ski Park is closed.
Louie and Belinda Dewey own and operate Cave Springs Resort, Motel, Historic Cabins, and Vacation Rentals in Dunsmuir, California.
Today Monday, the Ski Park finally has power. It is not posted on their web site as I write this, but, at this moment, they are in a meeting to co-ordinate re-opening after being shut down for a week and buried by tons of snow. The Ski Park was closed for what was arguably the best snow of the season, certainly the deepest powder of the season. There was nothing they could do about it. Pacific Power was in charge and Mother Nature overwhelmed the repair crews with thick layers of heavy wet snow. The result was miles of downed power line caused occasionally by the extra weight of the snow itself, but, mostly caused by broken tree limbs and whole trees toppled on top of the power lines. Most of Mt Shasta was without power for days and some of the power is still off. When I started this, McCloud just lost power again. Dunsmuir was powerless for about four hours last week and then only bothered by the occasional outage which shuts down the computer but turns on the TV and Stereo. In fact, there really isn’t an unusual amount of snow in Dunsmuir. However, what is here all came at once so we lost a number of trees, some of which fell into and on top of houses. But, looking outside even after it snowed lightly all night, it just looks like a normal winter. And the corollary is; Shasta Lake will be full this Spring!
Mother Nature blessed us with some water this last week and the Weather Chanel took note. Pretty good sized storm blessed us with mixed blessings. Lots of snow in Shasta and very heavy with moisture content. Great for filling Shasta Lake, but too much of a good thing for some of the power system in Mt Shasta. They still don’t have full power as I write this! However, The Ski Park should be open tomorrow, Saturday, and the Bookstore, etc will all be open too. Meantime, if you want to see what that kind of snow looks like, click the link below.
Fun to watch, but I’m back to the shoveling. :( and feeding the fish :)
I want to continue posting Starry’s story until I can locate her family’s blog. Again, Shannamar has an introduction:
To answer a few questions/concerns briefly: These letters are also being posted in a blog set up by Starry's family... HAS, the hospital I worked from and the home base that Starry will get back to when its safe enough to travel is normally about a 3 hour drive form the PAP airport, along the coast and then up a valley...Hopital Albert Schweitzer is in good shape but overwhelmed with patients...already in dire financial straights, they will have problems with supplies. You can see their site and updates at http://www.hashaiti.org/. Starry has posted pictures on her FB page and tried to set them open to anybody, "friend" or not, so if you want to see them they should be accessible. Most of her images look like many of the ones in the media...
All my best!
We spent the next day attending to the burial preparations for Manmi. The crypt where her husband is buried is right in front of the house, and they feared that when they opened it there would be a very bad smell, so they suggested that everyone take a walk while they did it.
I've been very comforted by all your responses, and I apologize for not being able to answer all of you, but I have read all your messages and it really does help. Thank you. A local news station is putting my updates on a blog, and if you wish to continue to follow, please use that website. It's very difficult to send out these mass emails, and I don't want to bother anyone that isn't too interested . . .
Starry Dawn Sprenkle