corn snow


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corn snow

[′kȯrn ‚snō]
(hydrology)
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Corn snow is a granular snow formed by alternate thawing and freezing as warm days are followed by cold nights.
It's sunny out, people who work at the mountain are in a good mood and telling jokes, and there's effortless gliding through soft corn snow.
Despite the recent rains, there is an upside: There's three, maybe four, more glorious weeks of warmish temps, sun, soft corn snow and plenty of snow cover after a spectacular winter.
It's called spring skiing, and the time is now for this fun period of sunny slope-side parties, soft hero-making corn snow, and brighter afternoons.
While days get longer, snow is in shorter supply, and the sun's rays, so crucial for creating the prized corn snow of spring sliding, unfortunately also mean the big meltdown has begun.
It was supposed to be one of those fabled "spring skiing" long weekends, a carefree jaunt among slopes cushioned by soft corn snow and warmed by a kindly sun.