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Mt Baker and Crystal Mountain - April 9 + April 13

post #1 of 17
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I have an ariplane ticket to Seattle for April 9th, but I'm not sure if I should go or not.  Anybody local on this forum that can comment on the type of snow there right now?  Will I still catch powder snow, or it's going to be spring skiing?

 

To be honest I would prefer to give up the ticket and fly next year in Feb/March in order to truly experience powder snow in Washington, unless it's still very good up there.

post #2 of 17
It's spring snow time right now. Wait.
post #3 of 17

Tomorrow and Monday should be really fun at Crystal, but it won't be "powder"--there will be new snow (maybe significant new snow) but temps are getting up to freezing. The forecast says it will warm up Tuesday before turning back to snow Thursday. I'm excited for the next couple days but I wouldn't fly across the country given the forecast for the 9th and 10th.

 

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=48.852969123136674&lon=-121.69212341308594

post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys.  That's what I was thinking.

 

I just came back from Steamboat and it was spring skiing already.   I did like 60 days on skis this year and I feel it was not enough. 
 

post #5 of 17

Whistler is only like 1 hour further from Seattle than Mt. Baker.

So that could be an option.

post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

^ You're the man.  I forgot about that one. 

On the other note, according to Snow Forecast.com it's actually going to snow big time in Washington. 

I may go and take my park skis with me just in case. 


Edited by awegrzyn - 4/7/13 at 9:27am
post #7 of 17

It snowed like crazy at Baker yesterday through today.  Probably 2 feet of new by the looks of it.  It comes down light but the surface air is warm, so it's packing in as vintage Cascade Concrete.  It was fun for a while, but it's a lot of work.

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It was fun for a while, but it's a lot of work.

That was my experience at Crystal today. I had fun this morning, but it was over my boots in places, and my legs tired out a little after lunch. I need powder skis. The parking lot had lots of deep standing/running water mixed with mud and slush; if there was any day to be someone that brings their things in a boot bag and boots up in the lodge, today would have been the day. I might take Tuesday off (snow through Mon night then sun!), in the interest of getting as much as I can in before it stops snowing.

post #9 of 17
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Going.  Thanks guys.  Will stay as much north as possible in order to be close to Whistler just in case. 
 

post #10 of 17

If you're headed for Baker make sure that you note that it's open only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the rest of the season.

post #11 of 17

The forecast for Whistler looks decent for Tues/Wed. On the official W-B website they have amazing last minute deals, you can easily get a 4 star hotel for under $100 midweek this time of year. They don't tell you the name of the hotel for these deals, but if you want to know the location it's easy to figure out by comparing the descriptions on the last minute deals section of the site to the descriptions under regular accomodations (so, you find a great deal on a 4 star hotel in Whistler Village that is described as being "chipping distance from the driving range" and you go and look for that under 4 star hotels in Whistler Village).

post #12 of 17

Stevens Pass has a big terain park if that's your thing.

Whistler Blackcomb has a couple decent ones.

 

Then there is the thing the locals call the Telus Festival:

 

http://www.wssf.com/schedule/

 

http://www.wssf.com/event/world-skiing-invitational-afp-world-championship

post #13 of 17
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Just got back from Washington today.  What a wild trip.  I hit Crystal, Stevens, and Mt. Baker.  All three amazing, but Mt. Baker was what I was looking for.  All these little cliffs there were something else. 

 

The snow during the trip was something out of this world.  I think I have seen all snow conditions in 3 days.  Chances are I found my favorite mountain.  Still 2 more states to ski, but I like what I have seen at Baker. 

 

Here is a small teaser with pics:

 

 

 

 

I'm so glad I did go. 
 

post #14 of 17

Knee deep and cold snow to my knees by the end of day @ Crystal....4/13.  And more snow forcast for tonight.

post #15 of 17

I'm glad you had a good time.  It would be great if you would post a TR.  If you like cliffs make sure you visit Baker earlier in the season because there are a lot more of them then due to the many feet less snow than when you were there.  Also, Stevens has about the same amount of advanced/expert terrain (including cliffs) as Baker, but it takes getting to know the place better to find where to look for it because it's more spread out and not as obvious at first glance.

post #16 of 17
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I will do a TR once I put the video together.  Stevens was amazing, but I only found one jump area (rock in the middle of the run) right under (a bit to the right) the top of the Jupiter chair on the backside.  The setup was super cool as it made people turn their necks every time I was hitting it.  Also, skiing next to the power line poles felt very personal to me, as I used to live/walk next to them when as a child back in Poland. 

 

A lot of wild stories during the trip.  I found someone's iPhone, they invited me for drinks, and then we ended up climbing and skiing right across of Stevens :) (pic2).

Not to mention I broke my ski boot, bindings, and camera mount while going wild at Baker. 

 

The only problems with Baker were the limitations (BCountry policy from resort, things being closed, etc) when it comes to approaching backcountry areas from the resort.  I do ski alone, so it's hard to comply with the rules of the resort.   Grand Targhee has the same kind of setup, but they allow you to do what you want. 
 

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The only problems with Baker were the limitations (BCountry policy from resort, things being closed, etc) when it comes to approaching backcountry areas from the resort.  I do ski alone, so it's hard to comply with the rules of the resort.   Grand Targhee has the same kind of setup, but they allow you to do what you want. 
 

Baker does this because they lost a lot of people to avalanches over the years.  Since they've put in the more strict policies there have been few fatalities.  It has made a difference.

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