BEAUTIFUL day at Baker today. Nice leftovers from the last storm were enjoyed by all and the views were stunning. It was quite cold.
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PNW 2012/13 weather, conditions, stoke - Page 8post #211 of 5611/11/13 at 4:08pm
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I know some people who often stay in Skykomish weekends (non-skiers) who go to the Bull's Tooth to watch games since they don't have cable or satellite TV at their cabin.post #214 of 5611/11/13 at 7:14pmThread Starterpost #215 of 5611/11/13 at 9:53pmQuote:
The seven day forecast for Stevens Pass shows below freezing temps for the entire week, no snow, lots of sun.post #216 of 5611/12/13 at 9:04ampost #217 of 5611/12/13 at 11:04ampost #218 of 5611/13/13 at 4:26pm
Ha, the Seahawks sure didn't keep the crowds down at Stevens. Kids' racing and ski school is in full swing and it was pretty packed. Scoured on the groomers and hard off of them. Not the most fun day. Pretty though.post #219 of 5611/14/13 at 1:08pmThread StarterQuote:
Hmm... I had a morning class and an afternoon class at Stevens. It didn't seem as crowded as usual to me. I took some morning runs before teaching as well as a half dozen runs in the late afternoon. Big Chief/Showcase was icy, everywhere else was nicely groomed in am. Blue trail as late as 5pm was smooth, no ice or bumps or ruts. Great day for my 65mm carving skis.post #220 of 5611/14/13 at 1:22pm
We got there at opening and I actually thought Big Chief was one of the better (less scoured) runs! And I agree that Blue Trail was nice enough--that was the best run I skied yesterday. But the backside, ugh. Orion, Lower Gemini, etc, were super scoured, and crowded, IMO. I think you are a Stevens regular so you know the crowd situation better than me (I'm at Crystal more) but it was the busiest day I've had there in ages--we went in for an early lunch at 11 and could not get a seat in the pub, in the cafeteria next to the pub, downstairs in the cafe, and we got literally the very last two seater between the pizza place and the grill. I knew the areas near the tvs would be packed but I was really surprised that everything else was, too. I think I just need to avoid Stevens in Jan and Feb. I have a very low tolerance for crowds.post #221 of 5611/14/13 at 3:58pmThread Starterpost #222 of 5611/14/13 at 4:00pmQuote:The seven day forecast for Stevens Pass shows below freezing temps for the entire week, no snow, lots of sun.
Crystal on the other hand...shorts in January?post #223 of 5611/14/13 at 4:29pmQuote:Originally Posted by jmaie
Crystal on the other hand...shorts in January?
I guess I had better apply some warm wax to the sticks for this weekend. Is it Hawaiian shirt day already?post #224 of 5611/15/13 at 6:04am
agreed....the balmy weather of january returns....didn't think that stretch of cold temps all thru dec would last.
seems temperature inversions are happening at whistler mid week, but it gets colder as wkend approaches.post #225 of 5611/15/13 at 7:08am
While milder weather is predicted for the B.C. Interior, the temps have only moderated slightly from the cold weekend temps. At 7am it is -11C/11F outside my door and I am about 800-1000 ft below the mountain.
Yesterday the winds where so strong that they didn't run the upper mountain chairlifts at Sun Peaks, yet there was almost no wind on the lower mountain.
Predicted high today is 2C for the Village.post #226 of 5611/15/13 at 7:31amQuote:Originally Posted by jmaie
Crystal on the other hand...shorts in January?
NOAA forecasts temps in the mid to upper 40s all week at Stevens, not sure what the previous poster was talking about.post #227 of 5611/15/13 at 7:53am
I think that was me. That was the forecast three days and 19 hours ago when the post was made.post #228 of 5611/15/13 at 8:40ampost #229 of 5611/15/13 at 9:00am
Those forecasts can't be right. The NWS shows that in Seattle all week it's going to be colder than they've predicted at Stevens or Crystal. Here's Seattle:
6 to 8 degrees warmer at Stevens than in Seattle? How is that possible?post #230 of 5611/15/13 at 9:08amQuote:
It's an inversion, the reason that there is a burn ban in the area. I remember one year leaving the house in freezing fog, getting to the ski area, skiing the entire day in warm sun without a jacket, then returning home to freezing fog. That was in late December.post #231 of 5611/15/13 at 9:11ampost #232 of 5611/15/13 at 9:16am
I've never experienced that, and I'm from Seattle. I thought that was something that happened in the Rockies but not here. I hope Cliff Mass writes about it. It's already warmer at Crystal than it is at my downtown office.post #233 of 5611/15/13 at 9:28amQuote:
It happens often in Western WA. You've experienced it but you must not have recognized it.post #234 of 5611/15/13 at 10:42am
Happens often in the winter? That seems surprising. If so I guess I've just been lucky...given that I'm always scrambling to get my Hotties in my boots and gloves and get all my layers on in the parking lot before I freeze to death, I would definitely notice that it was warmer at a ski area than it was at home.
Cliff Mass did have some interesting blog posts about it, from January 2009 and January 2010. He made doing a foothill hike ie Tiger or Cougar sound pretty cool; fog below, warm above.post #235 of 5611/15/13 at 10:55ampost #236 of 5611/15/13 at 12:54pm
Anyone at Sun Peaks? What's the weather like? Snow conditions? We're heading over there Feb 10-13 and looking for updates on weather and snow conditions. Research online has made it sound like Sun Peaks isn't getting much snow or its a mountain that doesn't get as much snow as other local mountains and starting to get nervous as to whether or not I made the right decision to snowboard there (compared with Mt Washington for example).
Thank you!post #237 of 5611/15/13 at 1:29pmpost #238 of 5611/15/13 at 1:35pmQuote:
I have been racking my brain trying to determine if it would be worth going up this weekend.post #239 of 5611/15/13 at 1:46pmThread Starterpost #240 of 5611/15/13 at 1:57pmQuote:
I guess it's personal preference, but I like spring skiing and this is shaping up to be a perfect "spring" weekend. Firm in the morning but slushing up quite nicely in mid-40's temps and sun. Won't get quite as soft as an April day would due to the sun being lower in the sky, but should still do nicely. Bring on the slush bumps.
Now, if that inversion doesn't hold, it could just end up being an icy mess up there instead. I'll be keeping an eye on the temps.
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