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any skiing near Seatlle Nov 12-13?

post #1 of 6
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There's a small chance I could extend a business trip to Seattle to include the weekend of Nov 12-13, 2011. Is it likely that any ski areas in the region would be open? I have never skied there and am not familiar with seasonal conditions.

post #2 of 6

Maybe Baker, but I wouldn't count on it.

 

I'm in Vancouver and opening day for most of the hills around here seems to be November 19th.

post #3 of 6

Very unlikely.  The Seattle area resorts normally aim for a Thanksgiving opening.  In good years with a lot of early season snowfall, they sometimes open a week or two earlier.  In bad years, it's not until early December sometime.

 

Having said that, 2 years ago Crystal did open... I think on the 11th?  So while it's unlikely, it is possible.

post #4 of 6

As already mentioned it is possible for ski areas to be open but if they are it will very likely be a limited opening--green/blue runs or easy lower angle black runs.

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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

As already mentioned it is possible for ski areas to be open but if they are it will very likely be a limited opening--green/blue runs or easy lower angle black runs.


I disagree.  If they open that early it won't be with marginal conditions.  They won't open early for that.  They will open for epic conditions with full coverage.  It has happened that in 72 hours we've gone from nothing to 50" of base and full operation.  It might happen this year, but don't bet the farm on it.

 

post #6 of 6

Mt. Baker almost always opens first in WA, but it's not terribly close to Seattle. They have learned also, not to even try opening on a 20" or 30" base...but then again, we've seen 100" in the first week of November before.

 

I'd give it 1 out of 3 chances.

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