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PSA snow coverage Crystal Mountain 12/17/2011

post #1 of 7
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No snow for three weeks, the website shows a base of 32" - 42". That seems about right and the snow condition wasn't bad considering. A couple of runs shows signs of brown, but they're mostly on the bottom of the mountain. Up top coverage looked good.

 

I was therefore surprised when I ran over something half way down Upper Ferk's Run, hard enough to dig 1/8" into the base. Brand new skiis too, dag nammit.

 

Not a big deal, but I'll be using older gear until they get more snow.

post #2 of 7

Even with huge coverage, the adage for Crystal is, "all skis are rock skis". Exposed ridges like the area you mention often see high winds so wind scouring is common. Only an 1/8th? Nothing a bit of p-tex can't make go away. Edge hits are much worse.

post #3 of 7

Things are looking up...

 

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
405 AM PST THU DEC 29 2011

...HEAVY SNOW IS POSSIBLE IN THE CENTRAL AND NORTH WASHINGTON
CASCADES THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...

.ANOTHER VIGOROUS FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL MOVE THROUGH WESTERN
WASHINGTON THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY...BRINGING SIGNIFICANT
SNOWFALL TO THE CASCADES. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FALL ABOVE
3500 FEET.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL
  OCCUR ABOVE 3500 FEET. MOUNT BAKER AND PARADISE AT MOUNT
  RAINIER ARE THE MOST LIKELY LOCATIONS TO RECEIVE HEAVY
  SNOWFALL.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN THURSDAY NIGHT AS THE FRONT ARRIVES...
  THEN CONTINUE BEHIND THE FRONT FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT IN STRONG
  WESTERLY FLOW. THE SNOW LEVEL WILL BE NEAR 4000 FT THURSDAY
  NIGHT AND 3000 FEET FRIDAY MORNING...THEN FALL TO AROUND 2000
  FEET FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING AS PRECIPITATION DECREASES.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 1 TO 2 FEET ARE
  POSSIBLE AT MOUNT BAKER AND PARADISE AT MOUNT RAINER. STEVENS
  PASS COULD ALSO RECEIVE SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL...UP TO 18 INCHES
  IS POSSIBLE.

 

 

Today

Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%
Chance
Snow
Hi 30 °F

Tonight

Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 100%
Snow

Lo 28 °FRising Temperatures
Friday

Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 100%
Snow

Hi 33 °FFalling Temperatures
Friday
Night

Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 80%
Snow

Lo 18 °F
Saturday

Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%
Chance
Snow
Hi 28 °F
Saturday
Night

Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Chance
Snow
Lo 20 °F
New Year's
Day

Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 40%
Chance
Snow
Hi 33 °F
Sunday
Night

Chance Snow
Chance
Snow
Lo 26 °F
Monday

Snow Likely
Snow
Likely
Hi 35 °F

 

post #4 of 7

Welcome back Mr. Winter!

post #5 of 7

It's about time! And please, Mother Nature, please keep your cool tonightsnowfalling.gif

 

Thank you.

post #6 of 7

If those temps manage to stay below freezing, it's shaping up to be a very nice couple of days.

post #7 of 7

Parking lots filled up today and they had to start turning people away.

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