Oh no, it's not that time of year again when the snows of winter wane in urban settings and people begin to doubt the conditions?

Yes it is, and despite years of experience to the contrary, many skiers and riders forget how durable winter can be in the mountains.

Rich Knoll, a snowmaker at [R173R, Hidden Valley], measured snow on his trails the other day and found more than 10 feet of cover at several locations around the mountain.

"The weather has been warm for a few days, but that has had little effect on the snow at Hidden Valley Four Seasons Resort," said Hidden Valley's Robert Duppstadt Jr. "Skiers and snowboarders can anticipate excellent snow conditions."

Knoll found an average snow base of 29 to 46 inches of snow covering slopes which are equipped with snowmaking.

More than 100 inches of natural snow fell at Hidden Valley this season in addition to the machine made snow.

Duppstadt said that Hidden Valley has installed 80, fully automated, state-of-the-art TechnoAlpin snowmaking guns over the past two years, and they have proven to be successful in providing a consistent, carvable snow surface.

Hidden Valley's second annual Spring Carnival is coming up March 6-8 with activities for all ages. The Ski Lodge Plaza will be transformed into a boardwalk scene with games, vendors and entertainers. Activities include a Tubing Party and Bonfire, Mountain Adventure Challenge, Snow Castle Building, Family Obstacle Course, Tug-O-War, Snow Golf, Giant Slalom Race, and a Boarder & Skier Cross.