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Looks like a decent recovery.  I'll be on the plane but will miss the one sunny day. Will take the snow.
 

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Looks like a decent recovery.  I'll be on the plane but will miss the one sunny day. Will take the snow.
 


Sunny days are for wimps, anyway.  Enjoy your trip.

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What is this sun of which you speak?
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Any reports from the field you'd like to share?
 

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Yesterday at Crystal was only good if you skied the blue and green groomers. It was hard rough ice off piste. We made a few runs and went home. We need snow as the measly 1" last night isn't going to cut it.
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Yesterday at Crystal was only good if you skied the blue and green groomers. It was hard rough ice off piste. We made a few runs and went home. We need snow as the measly 1" last night isn't going to cut it.

 

Glad I chose Snoqualmie instead 5"-6" of new snow. You could feel the icy bits underneath but it was still a good day to ski in the convergence zone. Snowed most of the morning. Low crowds. They started spining the lifts 20 minutes early, and for those 20 minutes it was just me and ski patrol schralping underneath Wildkatz, along with the occassional kid ski racer. Got a bit heavy at noon, so called it a day.
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Smartyiak:

 

In my humble opinion, with good snow it doesn't get any better than Crystal.  It is a fantastic place.  If your son has intermediate abilities, he should be fine at Crystal.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and you can go to top where you'll be looking right at Mt. Rainier!!  Crystal has all kinds of wild expert terrain but there  is also a lot of mellow cruising terrain.  Thing is though, being close to Seattle, Tacoma, etc. it can be a zoo on weekends with the crowds, especially in good weather.  Maybe think about going over to White Pass if you are skiing on a weekend, however it is a long drive from the Puget Sound region.  

 

Stevens Pass is an interesting place also, worth the drive but it also can be a zoo on weekends. 

 

I hope you have a blast!!

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Glad I chose Snoqualmie instead 5"-6" of new snow. You could feel the icy bits underneath but it was still a good day to ski in the convergence zone. Snowed most of the morning. Low crowds. They started spining the lifts 20 minutes early, and for those 20 minutes it was just me and ski patrol schralping underneath Wildkatz, along with the occassional kid ski racer. Got a bit heavy at noon, so called it a day.


Hmmm...I was really thinking with the warm projected temps for Saturday that we'd have another awesome spring like day.   Hind sight being 20/20 we should have gone to Alpental.    It's been a few years since I've been over at the silver fir lift but it used to be my sons favorite.

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Originally Posted by flyingZ View Post

Any reports from the field you'd like to share?
 

 

There is snow on the ground in the mountains smile.gif

 

You might post up where you'll be on any given day. Never know who will be around. 

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Smartyiak:

 

In my humble opinion, with good snow it doesn't get any better than Crystal.  It is a fantastic place.  If your son has intermediate abilities, he should be fine at Crystal.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and you can go to top where you'll be looking right at Mt. Rainier!!  Crystal has all kinds of wild expert terrain but there  is also a lot of mellow cruising terrain.  Thing is though, being close to Seattle, Tacoma, etc. it can be a zoo on weekends with the crowds, especially in good weather.  Maybe think about going over to White Pass if you are skiing on a weekend, however it is a long drive from the Puget Sound region.  

 

Stevens Pass is an interesting place also, worth the drive but it also can be a zoo on weekends. 

 

I hope you have a blast!!

I'm still anxiously waiting and watching...the weather. It looks like the weather in the Washington Cascades are as fickle as the EC weather...A wait and see approach is best!smile.gif

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Mountain weather in general is fickle. I've had plenty of way-too-warm winter days, ice and rain in the Rockies, in fact that's been the norm for me in CO and UT. I have sworn off advance planning of ski trips for anywhere but Sun Valley, which I like enough that even if conditions aren't that good, I'll still have a great time.

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Well might as well do a follow up for other "tourists".  I went out for four days- skied at Stevens 1 day, Crystal 2, and went to Mt. Rainer the last day for some relaxing xc skiing

Stevens was a nice mountain, probably good for two days if  your a good skier and snow is good.  I had 1.5 hours of sun as a storm was coming from the southwest.  Terrain is a blast although snow on backside was less than ideal when i was there.  The next two days i spent at Crystal.  Small storm dropped about 7 inches overnight, then sun came out.  The mountain is spectacular, great terrain, great scenery.  Worth 3 days if snow is good and your a good skier.  When i was there, High Alpine and Northway were closed, although i still had plenty of terrain to check out. 

If i went again, i would commit to a loop with Stevens, Mission Ridge, Alpental  or stay south of the Seattle area and do Crystal and perhaps White Pass for some easy turns as the traffic is horrible on any road from Tacoma to Everett for 6 AM to 11 Am and again from 3 PM to 7 PM.  Not fun trying to get between Crystal and Stevens on a weekday.  And slow down, police everywhere.

 

As for Rainier- worth it on a nice sunny day but skip the xc skis and rent snowshoes....
 

would love to go back...

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Originally Posted by flyingZ View Post

Well might as well do a follow up for other "tourists".  I went out for four days- skied at Stevens 1 day, Crystal 2, and went to Mt. Rainer the last day for some relaxing xc skiing

Stevens was a nice mountain, probably good for two days if  your a good skier and snow is good.  I had 1.5 hours of sun as a storm was coming from the southwest.  Terrain is a blast although snow on backside was less than ideal when i was there.  The next two days i spent at Crystal.  Small storm dropped about 7 inches overnight, then sun came out.  The mountain is spectacular, great terrain, great scenery.  Worth 3 days if snow is good and your a good skier.  When i was there, High Alpine and Northway were closed, although i still had plenty of terrain to check out. 

If i went again, i would commit to a loop with Stevens, Mission Ridge, Alpental  or stay south of the Seattle area and do Crystal and perhaps White Pass for some easy turns as the traffic is horrible on any road from Tacoma to Everett for 6 AM to 11 Am and again from 3 PM to 7 PM.  Not fun trying to get between Crystal and Stevens on a weekday.  And slow down, police everywhere.

 

As for Rainier- worth it on a nice sunny day but skip the xc skis and rent snowshoes....
 

would love to go back...

This is beyond frustrating. I have never been to any other state that patrols for speeders more than WA. 

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Originally Posted by flyingZ View Post

Well might as well do a follow up for other "tourists".  I went out for four days- skied at Stevens 1 day, Crystal 2, and went to Mt. Rainer the last day for some relaxing xc skiing

Stevens was a nice mountain, probably good for two days if  your a good skier and snow is good.  I had 1.5 hours of sun as a storm was coming from the southwest.  Terrain is a blast although snow on backside was less than ideal when i was there.  The next two days i spent at Crystal.  Small storm dropped about 7 inches overnight, then sun came out.  The mountain is spectacular, great terrain, great scenery.  Worth 3 days if snow is good and your a good skier.  When i was there, High Alpine and Northway were closed, although i still had plenty of terrain to check out. 

If i went again, i would commit to a loop with Stevens, Mission Ridge, Alpental  or stay south of the Seattle area and do Crystal and perhaps White Pass for some easy turns as the traffic is horrible on any road from Tacoma to Everett for 6 AM to 11 Am and again from 3 PM to 7 PM.  Not fun trying to get between Crystal and Stevens on a weekday.  And slow down, police everywhere.

 

As for Rainier- worth it on a nice sunny day but skip the xc skis and rent snowshoes....
 

would love to go back...

This is beyond frustrating. I have never been to any other state that patrols for speeders more than WA. 

Try driving the speed limit. It works and you arrive much more relaxed.

post #46 of 57

The key is drive 35 when it says '35'... those little villes and hamlets along the way probably pay their small but bloated forces by speeding citations alone.

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Try driving the speed limit. It works and you arrive much more relaxed.

I would, except that I constantly stuck behind people driving 5-10 MPH under the speed limit.

post #48 of 57
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Well might as well do a follow up for other "tourists". I went out for four days- skied at Stevens 1 day, Crystal 2, and went to Mt. Rainer the last day for some relaxing xc skiing

Stevens was a nice mountain, probably good for two days if your a good skier and snow is good. I had 1.5 hours of sun as a storm was coming from the southwest. Terrain is a blast although snow on backside was less than ideal when i was there. The next two days i spent at Crystal. Small storm dropped about 7 inches overnight, then sun came out. The mountain is spectacular, great terrain, great scenery. Worth 3 days if snow is good and your a good skier. When i was there, High Alpine and Northway were closed, although i still had plenty of terrain to check out.

If i went again, i would commit to a loop with Stevens, Mission Ridge, Alpental or stay south of the Seattle area and do Crystal and perhaps White Pass for some easy turns as the traffic is horrible on any road from Tacoma to Everett for 6 AM to 11 Am and again from 3 PM to 7 PM. Not fun trying to get between Crystal and Stevens on a weekday. And slow down, police everywhere.

 

As for Rainier- worth it on a nice sunny day but skip the xc skis and rent snowshoes....

would love to go back...

Thanks for reporting back. Very nice you got up to Rainier on your last day. I agree, trying to traverse the metro area during rush hours is not a good idea, or at least ask us about your route (it shouldn't have been bad that long in the morning...)

post #49 of 57
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

The key is drive 35 when it says '35'... those little villes and hamlets along the way probably pay their small but bloated forces by speeding citations alone.

ie.  Bonney Lake (45 mph), Greenwater (35)

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I would, except that I constantly stuck behind people driving 5-10 MPH under the speed limit.

I drives me crazy every weekend there are people holding up a line of traffic going 40-45 in a 55 on dry pavement!  Just drive the speed limit and I'm happy. 

post #50 of 57
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Originally Posted by flyingZ View Post
  The next two days i spent at Crystal.  Small storm dropped about 7 inches overnight, then sun came out.  The mountain is spectacular, great terrain, great scenery.  Worth 3 days if snow is good and your a good skier.  When i was there, High Alpine and Northway were closed, although i still had plenty of terrain to check out. 

 

would love to go back...

Thanks for the report back.  I'm glad you enjoyed Crystal.  Northway can be a day by itself depending on conditions and how adventurous you are.

post #51 of 57
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ie.  Bonney Lake (45 mph),

Going the Bonney Lake Way from Seattle to Crystal is the worst. All those stoplights at 7:30 am on a Sunday, so someone can pull out of a strip mall parking lot. I find going via the Muckleshoot rez (ie right by the White River Amphitheater) faster.

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I can't imagine, nor do I know anyone going from SEA to CM via Bonney Lake...  Might as well pass through Gig Harbor on the way too. smile.gif

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I am 45mon from Alpental.  and an hr 15 from Crystal.  And generally get season passes at one or the other.

 

But when I really want to go lift skiing?  I drive to Silver Mtn in Idaho. Ot fly to Chamonix.  The snow here...sucks....almost ALWAYS by comparison to any where else.

 

BC when it isn't crazy dangerous is incredible though.

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I can't imagine, nor do I know anyone going from SEA to CM via Bonney Lake...  Might as well pass through Gig Harbor on the way too. smile.gif


That's funny to me as I chaperoned a ski school bus a few years ago that started in Tacoma, went out to Gig Harbor, back through Tacoma and up to Federal Way.  
It was a good thing we had an onboard DVD player/ TV system and reclining comfortable seats to sleep in.  It was worth it though, I could sleep and didn't have to drive.

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It's been off the hook this past few days in the PNW. Blower pow out there. Best of the season IMO. Wish I didn't have to work to feed my habit...Quite the conundrum.
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I recommend going to the Seattle ski and snowboard meetup web page. It's a great way to catch a ride up to the mountain and possibly have a local show you around.

If you want to drive yourself and get a nice experience. I start at Stevens, then keep going east and stay in Leavenworth. It's a cute barbarian village. Then head east through Wenatchee to mission ridge. It's the best kept secret in Washington. Nice long runs, great views, never a lift line. Then back west and take blew it pass to i90 and Snoqualmie pass. Make sure it's not a Monday. 2 of 4 peaks are closed on Mondays. Alpental is the favorite of the 4. East is underrated and has great glade skiing. Then next stop crystal mountain.
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Originally Posted by Marcgalt View Post

I recommend going to the Seattle ski and snowboard meetup web page. It's a great way to catch a ride up to the mountain and possibly have a local show you around.

If you want to drive yourself and get a nice experience. I start at Stevens, then keep going east and stay in Leavenworth. It's a cute barbarian village. Then head east through Wenatchee to mission ridge. It's the best kept secret in Washington. Nice long runs, great views, never a lift line. Then back west and take blew it pass to i90 and Snoqualmie pass. Make sure it's not a Monday. 2 of 4 peaks are closed on Mondays. Alpental is the favorite of the 4. East is underrated and has great glade skiing. Then next stop crystal mountain.


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