Post-holiday conditions update:
Marmot was in decent condition until the holiday crowds poured in on Sunday and just wrecked the place. Sunday morning was a total shit-show as high winds shut down the entire upper mountain and forced everyone to (very slowly) lap the Eagle quad or Schoolhouse. I'd have been upset if Friday/Saturday riding hadn't been so good.
Marmot had a real problem with high winds this week. Even though it snowed a bit, the wind was stripping it off the upper mountain faster than it was being deposited. Anywhere on the upper mountain that's particularly exposed is a minefield of exposed rocks.
Knob actually seems to be doing a little better than elsewhere on the upper mountain. Still a lot of rocks, but the main bowl had decent snow depth.
Chalet slope off the Eagle Ridge quad is in the worst shape of anything on the mountain. It was closed when I first got there, but eventually they opened it up with a bunch of "don't come crying to us if you fuck up your board..." signs. It's a rock garden at the moment, but the snow is getting tracked out a little slower since few people are willing to risk the rocks.
Paradise chair seems to be the place to hang out when the crowds are bad. Even when there were huge lineups for C-REX and Eagle Ridge, I never waited in line for more than a minute to get on Paradise. The blacks on that side of the mountain also seem to see less traffic.
Also, is it just me or are they grooming a lot more runs this year? It looked to me like they were grooming blacks that are normally left to mogul up. For example, Spillway and Dromedary are groomed now. I'd swear they were ungroomed last year, and they're on the map as mogul runs. Not sure if this is a permanent thing or just to cope with this year's poor conditions.