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Crystal Mt. 6/10/12

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One of the few perks of living in the PNW, with a cold and wet spring (even more so this year), is that the snow stays preserved a little longer at higher elevations, and in fact, still receives some snowfall..  Higher elevations here means anything above 5000 feet.  

 

They still have enough snow to keep Rainier Express open one more week, and Green Valley for a few weeks more. Sunday 6/10 at 8:30am to about 10am was beautiful snow, nice and chalky and smooth on Green Valley, a bit sketchier on the Rainier Express side with lots of exposed rocks and bare patches on Sunnyside, Bear Pits and Middle Ferks. By 10:30 the snow was pretty sticky, by 11:30 like glue in the flats, although steeper slopes like Grubstake softened up nicely. Some of my best turns were on West Face above the bottom of the Green Valley lift, with great views of people taking turns on the airbag.

 

Here's a clip. Apologies for the iPhone video. Got to get a Contour.

 

Bonus: if you just happen to turn 50 in mid-June (ahem, today), what better way to celebrate than skiing?   Can't complain.  It's lift-serviced skiing in June, baby!

 

  

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Bonus: if you just happen to turn 50 in mid-June (ahem, today), what better way to celebrate than skiing?   Can't complain.  It's lift-serviced skiing in June, baby!

 

 

Happy Birthday. Turning 50 on snow on June 10 at Crystal sounds pretty sweet. I turned 40 on snow on June 11 2005 at Mammoth on a great snow year. Skied Hangman a bunch of times that day. It was a great day, first time in California, first time in the Western US.

 

That day was only my third time on snow on my birthday (Blackcomb in 1988, Killington in 1992, Mammoth in 2005), mind you it's a bit harder from Eastern Canada. I always had a great time skiing on my birthday...its a wonderful feeling. I imagine it wouldn't be as special if your birthday would be in January.

 

Talking about Crystal, I know its still too soon, but I'm looking for some late June/early July turns. What are the odds that Crystal might make it to the weekend of June 30-July 1? I guess skiing would be limited to Green Valley? Heard that Bachelor might reopen to? Anyway, I'll be in the PNW with my skis for one week for June and July turns.

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Crystal announced they will be open the last weekend of June and the July 4th holiday too. The Gondie attendant told us this Saturday (July 4th) when we chatted with him. Yes, only Green Valley will be open. I skied the July 4th holiday and July 16th closing date last year. Just be aware that with holiday crowds and only the gondie and Green Valley running, there will be lines.  But hey, I'd rather stand in a July 4th lift line than fight for a seat to watch fireworks. And the rumor that Bachelor will be open July 4th for skiing seems to be just that. Nothing on their website, at least. There's still plenty of coverage at Green Valley as of last weekend. I'll be there next weekend, and can post a conditions update. If you go, make sure you have warm snow wax to make it more pleasureable.   July 2 2011 green valley lift line copy.jpg

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^^^ Huh, I was there July 2nd and I never saw more than a handful of people in line. Of course I had to leave around 10:30 to pick up my wife at Seatac, so maybe the crowds arrived later? IIRC I made close to 20 runs before I had to bail.

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Glad you missed the crowds, the lines were 10 minutes at least in Green Valley--check out the picture.

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Arrive at 8am and you'll be in the first few rows for parking. Get in line at the Gondi by 8:20 and you'll be on the 3rd gondola cabin.  The snow will be the best for the first two hours, after that things warm up up and the crowds arrive.  For some reason, skiers don't wake up early in the spring and summer.

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The snow will be the best for the first two hours, after that things warm up up and the crowds arrive.  For some reason, skiers don't wake up early in the spring and summer.

 

Well, that depends on the overnight temps.  If there's a good freeze, those first 2 hours can be downright brutal.

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They have gondola service mid-week, I wonder if they'd take you up with skis? Ski down as far as you can then walk the rest of the way. Gotta be less work than hiking up...

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IIRC, you can access back county (or currently closed terrain) if and only if you access it on your own power (hiking, skinning).   I think if you want to hike to Green Valley mid-week and ski, go for it, but I don't think they'll let you take skis on the gondola mid-week since they're not patrolling.

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