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post #181 of 206
Similar day Sunday at Crystal. They were spinning Rainier Express as well as Green Valley and the Gondola. Fresh light snow overnight, on top of previous days snowfall, depending on the aspect crusty underneath (Grubstake), or absolutely smooth and silky. There were several untracked stashes even late in the on the Huckleberry side of Snorting Elk, more so the further you went in the trees towards the roped off area (Otto Bahn, towards Right Angle but still able to get back to Green Valley chair). Periods of sun, followed by more snow, fog on the Rainier Express side, repeat. Last run down Bull Run, though it was supposedly closed smile.gif

It's a longer drive for me to Crystal but I was happy with skiing yesterday. I may make it back for a day or two while they're open weekends until May 18. Maybe later with the new snow this past week.
post #182 of 206

Considering trying to cash in my Powder Alliance tickets at Timberline before May 26.  When do they usually open Palmer or has it been open already?

post #183 of 206
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Considering trying to cash in my Powder Alliance tickets at Timberline before May 26.  When do they usually open Palmer or has it been open already?

 

I'd call or email Timberline to ask them.  Palmer lift is often closed due to wind and other weather, should be open now as the weather is sunny and in 40's at night and 60's during the day.

 

I would not make a trip from AZ to ski Timberline.   A novelty at best.

post #184 of 206
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I would not make a trip from AZ to ski Timberline.   A novelty at best.

 

I can't hate on a place that is open for skiing all summer but I understand the comment.  I skied there a few years back. 

post #185 of 206
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I can't hate on a place that is open for skiing all summer but I understand the comment.  I skied there a few years back. 


Not a matter of hating it, just that the Palmer glacier thing is a novelty, not something to make a 1,000 mile ski trek for...unless in the summer and one wants to take lessons from Ligety and Weibrecht.

post #186 of 206
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Not a matter of hating it, just that the Palmer glacier thing is a novelty, not something to make a 1,000 mile ski trek for 

Agree.  But I booked flights last night to ski Bachelor May 9-11.  These are the last days Northwest is running, permitting access to 360 degree corn skiing from the Summit and 3,000+ acres of skiing.   This IS worth a 1,000 mile ski trek if weather is cooperative.

 

The flight was cheap last night, only $230RT to Portland from LAX.   If you're going there anyway it's worth a day at Timberline on the way in or out.

 

I recommend core2 consider this plan also.  But you need to do it ASAP, because my flights doubled in price once you're within one week of departure.

post #187 of 206
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But I booked flights last night to ski Bachelor May 9-11.

That's showing some faith.  We just went into a heat wave, 88 today, 60 up on Hood.  I never think of Bachelor or Hood as destination ski areas.  Seems like the cost vs. a CO, UR or CAN ski area would be about the same.

post #188 of 206
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That's showing some faith.  We just went into a heat wave, 88 today, 60 up on Hood.  I never think of Bachelor or Hood as destination ski areas.  Seems like the cost vs. a CO, UR or CAN ski area would be about the same.

 

I am pretty sure you are just saying all this to keep us from coming up there and skiing your stashes. 


Edited by core2 - 4/30/14 at 8:08pm
post #189 of 206
No to keep you from drinking up all the great beer in bend
post #190 of 206
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I recommend core2 consider this plan also.  But you need to do it ASAP, because my flights doubled in price once you're within one week of departure.

 

I can get to Denver round trip for 108$ on Southwest.  No bag fees either and they will take my skis so Abay is a real possibility.  I have Powder Alliance tickets which is why I was considering Timberline.

post #191 of 206

Portland flights were cheaper than Denver for me, and I also have a high school friend in Bend.   Liz lived in Boulder one year in college but she's never been to Oregon.  90% of seasons I would see little reason to range beyond Mammoth at this time of year, but we all know this is not a great year in the Sierra.

 

This is not my first spring trip to Bachelor:

May 3-4, 1990 had corn perfection both days

April 5-9, 2000 had 3 days of corn perfection (plus one more at Mt. Bailey snowcat April 4) and some of my multiple day vertical foot records that still stand.

April 14-15, 2007: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=3147  40K vertical on April 15.

April 7-8, 2012: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=10186  All time record 50K on April 7.

June 29-30, 2012: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=10254  Not the quality of the April/May trips but for that late in the season, amazing! 47K in the 2 days combined.

 

Utah is having a good corn cycle now, but I'm reading reports from there every spring and it's much less consistent than Bachelor or a normal year at Mammoth.  Better to chase powder for Utah skiing as I did last April:  http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=10943 .   I am jealous of the reports from King Grump & company over the past month, though I have skied 17 days in Utah myself this season. 

 

I thought about Denver/A-Basin, but A-Basin has about 1/4 the terrain of Bachelor and in May I believe the snow to be less consistent.  Late April with multiple Front Range areas open (which I've done in 1987 and 1991) would be a more tempting time for me to go there.  

post #192 of 206

Maybe I'll ski in Aug. or Sept. again to break up the summer and escape the heat.  I had a blast lapping Palmer when it was 110 degrees here in AZ.  Tempting to go up while skiers right of the lift is still an option. 

 

9/1/12, can't complain.

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post #193 of 206

Sunny on top of Whistler this morning, cloudy in the valley - spring has finally arrived in the Alpine. Just 3 more weeks left in winter ops. Skiing on north faces has been very nice but for decent snow on lower slopes requires a bit of timing. The lowest 2000 vertical to valley floor is mostly corn or slush. You

still don't have to download but it won't be long before you'll want to.    

post #194 of 206

actually meant Blackcomb. Whistler side is closed as is Peak to Peak.  

post #195 of 206
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Sunny on top of Whistler this morning, cloudy in the valley - spring has finally arrived in the Alpine. Just 3 more weeks left in winter ops. Skiing on north faces has been very nice but for decent snow on lower slopes requires a bit of timing. The lowest 2000 vertical to valley floor is mostly corn or slush. You

still don't have to download but it won't be long before you'll want to.    

 

Pretty decent spring conditions although it's been cool and moist the last week or so (with sunny days here and there). Thinking about bringing up the bikes next weekend for bike park opening then doing a few ski laps in the afternoon.

post #196 of 206

The skiing could still be better than the biking next weekend. I'll ski until the end of long weekend then my biking/boating /hiking season starts but its always possible to do it all in the same day.  Love our choices here .   

post #197 of 206
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The skiing could still be better than the biking next weekend. I'll ski until the end of long weekend then my biking/boating /hiking season starts but its always possible to do it all in the same day.  Love our choices here .   

 

Looking at the weather next week I'm a bit skeptical for conditions for bike park opening weekend, was hoping for a hot dry week to get the trails in decent shape.

 

On the other hand biking in Squamish this weekend will be awesome, especially Sunday :)

post #198 of 206

Hood Meadows last day...and a very nice one...12"  yesterday....freezing last night and a sunny May day finale.

 

post #199 of 206

just had a few "nice" days at Blackcomb  - slightly above freezing at top so best skiing was either on corn or the few bump runs that had any traffic. Not much different than summer glacier skiing. Down loading last 2000 vertical required. Still open until May 26 but the bike park just opened and is getting most of the customers. That's a wrap for me this year.

post #200 of 206

Anyone thinking Blackcomb for Monday? Not sure how the snow might be holding up after Friday's downpour.

post #201 of 206

if I was still at Whistler I would have gone up for a few hours as it would not cost me anything but not sure about buying a lift ticket and making a 3 hour drive from Bellingham. But if you want to go to Whistler anyway there is still some decent skiing up top. If it gets warm it will become mushy fast. Check the freezing level on the site, supposed to be variable cloud cover on Monday so that's positive you don't want full sun. If you miss the last day of winter ops Glacier skiing starts next month and they reopen Peak to Peak.    

post #202 of 206

Looks like Timberline got dusted.  I'd lap this place every weekend if I lived in the area.

 

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post #203 of 206

Is that picture what you're basing your observation that there was a "dusting" at Timberline?  No snow on the trees, no snow on the pavement.  It looks like a normal June day to me.  There may be some snow later in the week, but it's not supposed to amount to anything.

 

If you lived there I suspect that you would soon find that there are lots more things to do than just skiing and you might just decide that laps on a cow field would not be as good as another type of recreation (hiking, backpacking, biking, kayaking, boating, beach combing, climbing, etc.). There is a lot to do in this corner of the world, and summer skiing, while possible, is not all that thrilling when compared to the winter variety.

 

YMMV

post #204 of 206

So true there are far more outdoor options here than the number of decent weekends we get in summer. Use them wisely. It's a crime to waste any..  

post #205 of 206

You guys have it all wrong.  Maybe it is the age demographic of this forum?  This is why you go to Timberline in the summer:

 

post #206 of 206

You might be right could be an age thing.

 

I see that picture and think kids camp. On the other hand if I had any interest in kickers it probably would look like fun.

Same as summer bump camps. Good learning experience but the amount of available terrain can get old fast.

Nice to be able to say you've skied every month  but usually you leave out the quality of skiing.

 

If your interested another option in this area is getting up Baker's (10,760 feet). you can ski down to around the 6000 foot level. Your still skiing  but its now a secondary event. Some very serious glacier travel so either join a guided party  or at least travel with 2 others on your rope who have experience.  

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