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Even better for me, I now only have about a dozen days of work between now and June 15. I'll try to work them on "rain event" days so I can ski even more.post #184 of 5611/5/13 at 3:41pm
Stevens' parking lot was full by 10:30 this morning. I know it slows down at the resorts as holiday travelers go home, but for those of us that are local weekend skiers, it'll be busy on weekends through mid March. *sigh* Good thing I have Sun Peaks and Sun Valley in the near future.post #185 of 5611/5/13 at 3:44pm
Even Fridays are crazy at Stevens these days...
Had a nice day chasing around a bit with Posaune yesterday. Just enough snow to smooth out the surface. But the bumps were still pretty big. We need a good 3 footer to clean things up!post #186 of 5611/5/13 at 7:19pmThread StarterI'll be back at Stevens for the first time since Dec 9. I missed a weekend getting ready for a trip, then left for Utah and Sun Valley on the 20th, just got back New Years.
Tomorrow I'll be teaching my first class in the afternoon (6 weeks).
Anyone around tomorrow (Sunday) to meet up in the am?post #187 of 5611/5/13 at 8:32pmQuote:Originally Posted by DesiredUsername
I'll be back at Stevens for the first time since Dec 9. I missed a weekend getting ready for a trip, then left for Utah and Sun Valley on the 20th, just got back New Years.
Tomorrow I'll be teaching my first class in the afternoon (6 weeks).
Anyone around tomorrow (Sunday) to meet up in the am?
Good luck with class # 1.
Will probably be up there early next week.post #188 of 5611/5/13 at 11:14pmQuote:
Ya gotta learn to love them bumps! I would have had three great ski days had it not been for the Stevens Pass patented fog bank. As it was, the snow was fine, but the visibility was not so great, so there were those little "surprises" sprinkled about. Oh well, if you don't have fleas you'll never realize you're a dog.post #189 of 5611/6/13 at 11:09am
Even though multi week ski lessons started at Crystal and the lots were full, it wasn't that busy and it was good skiing. Looking forward to the new snow predicted in the weather forecast.post #190 of 5611/6/13 at 11:32am
I was up at Stevens yesterday (Saturday). There were a lot of people there, but it was manageable. Just stay away from the base area, the backside, big chief and tye had minimal lines most of the day. Skiing was fun, snow is in really good shape considering we haven't had much fresh for a little while. Usually by this point we'll have had a thaw/freeze cycle that turns everything into a mess but that hasn't happened. The bumps are getting big in spots, but most of them are in good shape and a lot of fun... except the mess coming off the 7th heaven lift, if you could really even call the jumble of sideslipping and traverses that area always turn into "bumps". Overall, it was a fun day.
Looks like the weather's taking a good turn this week, snow is back on the forecast.post #191 of 5611/6/13 at 11:36am
The bumps at the top of 7th Heaven are manageable if you just traverse out a way. If you go straight on down the hill, yep, they're disjointed monsters, but out farther they almost go away.post #192 of 5611/6/13 at 11:37ampost #193 of 5611/7/13 at 9:24am
To change the subject just a tad I have to share a special event for me that happened on Wednesday last. I skied at Stevens for the first time this season and with that day I began my 50th consecutive season at Stevens Pass. When I started in 1963 there were three chairlifts: Barrier (Main) serving the terrain now served by Skyline, 7th Heaven, and the Intermediate Chair, which served some of the same terrain as Hogsback but it only went halfway up "Blue Trail" which follows the top of the hogsback. (For old timers, this was the chair before Bluejay, which was before Hogsback.)The bowl that Blue Trail now goes through was then called "Intermediate Bowl." Later that season (I think) they opened Big Chief chair; I was there for the opening ceremonies.
Before the new chair, Big Chief (Kerr's) was served by four of the fastest, burliest rope tows known to man. I never did it, but it was possible to get all the way to Big Chief Bowl from the base area via these rope tows. Whether or not you could ski down after that ordeal has always been a question I've had. Just getting to the top of the first one about pulled out your arms and burned your gloves to a crisp.
Daisy was also a series of three rope tows. I always liked Daisy 3 because it went over the flat space at the top of what is now Daisy Chair and, for whatever terrain reason the surface contour and the rope diverged in the middle and a kid like me could hang on to the rope, get lifted off of the ground, and travel a good way hanging in the air from the rope. Great fun!!
While it's obviously the favorite lift in the ski area for many skiers, I've always disliked Hogsback Chair because before it existed, none of the terrain west of the hogsback was accessible except by 7th Heaven, which made International and that area much more remote and unused. Oh, well, the price of progress.
Some flashes of old time memories:
- Bavarian music was pumped out over speakers that could be heard all over the mountain, good to have that one gone.
- Helicopter rides to ski the back side before Southern Cross was built.
- The old bar in the lodge where the Granite Peaks is now. The chandeliers in the Bulls Tooth are from this old bar.
- The smell of wet wool in the lodge.
- 45 minute lift lines on Barrier.
- The mid station on Barrier
- The warming hut at the top of Barrier
- The rope tow to get to the 7th Heaven lift
- Taking off after loading 7th Heaven. It felt like you were 100 feet in the air instantly (it wasn't that far), completely unlike today.
- A zillion different ski schools all operating at the Pass
- Windy Knoll, which was a big hill right in the middle of the exit to the bowl at the top of Skyline, where the two groomed trails intersect. There is still a bottleneck there today but it was much worse before they changed it . If you look you can see where it was and where they sculpted the hill away. It was a real obstacle and quite dangerous when idiots jumped it without a spotter while intermediates were traversing across the back.
Some things that have not changed:
- Big Chief chair (well, it's now Kerr's Chair, but whatever)
- 7th Heaven chair (except for the loading area)
- The service rope
- The terrain (mostly)
- The snow
Nearly everything else is new and different. It's still a great place to ski.post #194 of 5611/7/13 at 9:52am
I remember when a zillion different ski schools operated at Stevens, and I am not even that old (Ball Hall ski school/bus alum!)
I was away from Stevens for about 14 years and when I came back they all seemed to be gone, what happened there?post #195 of 5611/7/13 at 12:59pmpost #196 of 5611/7/13 at 2:25pm
Just FYI - the skiing at Stevens was pretty meh today. Close to a foot of fresh. But 32 degree fresh. Very catchy "single use" snow. Quite a few folks seemed to be one run skiers today.... We did a few laps for ceremonial purposes. Glad we left when we did as the pass is apparently closed due to a slide...post #197 of 5611/7/13 at 2:34pmQuote:Originally Posted by spindrift
Just FYI - the skiing at Stevens was pretty meh today. Close to a foot of fresh. But 32 degree fresh. Very catchy "single use" snow. Quite a few folks seemed to be one run skiers today.... We did a few laps for ceremonial purposes. Glad we left when we did as the pass is apparently closed due to a slide...
Looks like its raining now.....hopefully that doesn't make for crappy conditions later in the week as it cools back down....post #198 of 5611/7/13 at 3:03pmpost #199 of 5611/7/13 at 4:19pmQuote:
was just watching a paddle boarder out on Boundary Bay and it felt like I should look for the first cherry blossoms while in Tswassen. But if your at 7c in Vancouver likely it's still -7c at the peak.
reading Posaune's info about the rope tows at Stevens also brings back memories of airtime and burnt gloves on Baker's Austin tow. Probably shorter but always entertaining as a spectator or participant..
post #200 of 5611/7/13 at 4:41pm
Not skiing related, but the snowy owls visiting Boundary Bay are just awesome. And the short eared owls there are not too shabby either. I was up there a few days ago. No really decent pics. But the birds were still cool to watch (with a gratuitous uncountable number of eagles in the area thrown in for good measure...).post #201 of 5611/7/13 at 5:14pmQuote:Originally Posted by spindrift
Not skiing related, but the snowy owls visiting Boundary Bay are just awesome. And the short eared owls there are not too shabby either. I was up there a few days ago. No really decent pics. But the birds were still cool to watch (with a gratuitous uncountable number of eagles in the area thrown in for good measure...).
but still not enough as the wife just pointed out, to get all the moles in the lawn.post #202 of 5611/9/13 at 8:43am
45 cm last 24hr at Whistler - but it warmed up last night so expect heavy snow below mid station. Currently highways 1,3,and 5, all have closures for avy control so if your heading for the interior you might have a slow drive.post #203 of 5611/9/13 at 6:41pmpost #204 of 5611/10/13 at 5:00pm
Nice day at Baker today. Since they had Chair 6 closed they opened 2 and 1 to access Pan Dome. I liked that lift configuration a lot. 6 will open tomorrow.
There was some new on top of yesterday's dump which made the skiing quite enjoyable. The afternoon crud was especially nice today.post #205 of 5611/10/13 at 8:13pm
Whistler today was one of those days that makes you smile. Another over night boot height cover on top of the 50+ cm from the last couple of days.
Bluebird sky and ski on all day, hardly anyone there. Could still see some of my tracks uncut late in the day. Great day.post #206 of 5611/11/13 at 9:48ampost #207 of 5611/11/13 at 1:42pmQuote:Anyone know if they'll open the Foggy Goggle at Steven early for the game Sunday??
No, no, they'd never do that, everyone that wants to see the game will need to stay home or at least go to some other ski area.*
*This is based on my desire to ski an empty Stevens on Sunday rather than on any real knowledge of the situation.post #208 of 5611/11/13 at 2:16pmpost #209 of 5611/11/13 at 3:14pmQuote:Quote:
Agreed. I do hope the game keeps some people off the slopes, I plan to be up there Sunday and a nice uncrowded bluebird day sounds awfully nice. I won't get my hopes up, though.
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