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post #31 of 206

I'm in Stevens Pass 1 Jan - 3 Jan. Maybe something will hit right before or during that.

 

:/

post #32 of 206
I'll be at Bachelor 1-3, then Hood 3-5, then crystal 5-8...this trip has been planned for a while, so bad conditions or good Im coming anyways.

Anyone have a good weather discussion website for the PNW? Like in Tahoe we have BA on opensnow.com which is nice to look at for some stoke.

I do see in the forecast some potential snow tue-wed, hoepfully it snows more than rains.
post #33 of 206
Places for PNW weather info:
www.nwac.us
Cliff Mass blog
National Weather Service website
Resort websites often have weather links
post #34 of 206
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Originally Posted by crudmaster View Post
 

Here's a little bit of stoke-- I found an unusual benefit from the low snow level.

 

I was skiing High Campbell at Crystal last Saturday. 

 

But once past the rocks, I could ski that splendid steep slope below . . .

 

 

_____________________________________________________________________________________

How well you are able to ski is related to how hard you are willing to fall.

. . . I feel the moderate stoke. . . Powder Bowl on Saturday afternoon last weekend was excellent (once you got in past the first turn or two).  Spring-like conditions on xmas were also excellent off Chair 6, particularly the northern exposed slopes like the area under the thrown - soft and chalky and barely carved up at all.  And Green Valley skied great in the afternoon.  It is decent up there, could be way worse.  But the lower mountain is atrocious.

post #35 of 206

Crystal was decent today till around 2 when the rain came in.  Coverage is sparse but is marginally better than last week.  Decent day out.  Nothing to write home about so I am writing here :)

post #36 of 206
Thread Starter 

I'll be up at Stevens tomorrow (Saturday).  Given the temps today according to the telemetry, I'm expecting a refrozen mess... but hey, at least it'll be sunny and I'll be skiing.

post #37 of 206

This is Crystal 12/26  http://vimeo.com/82800045 .  For those who do not know it the first little bit is shot from the top of chair 6, looking down Powder Bowl.  

 

If you have not skied there, DON'T GO THERE YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT, really you won't.  

post #38 of 206

It's late Dec and there don't seem to be any great places within a partial day's drive of Seattle. Steven's Pass is barely workable, crystal mt is corduroy, Snowqualmie not open, Mt Baker barely open. Whistler only good on groomed but still has barely enough snow. The Mt Hood places like Timberline Lodge seem to barely have enough snow. Schweitzer Mt is pretty far away from Seattle.  

 

Is it just that there's no good place to ski right now in Idaho, BC, WA, Oregon?

post #39 of 206

Montana.....

post #40 of 206
Can't stand it anymore, bailing on Bend and heading to Whitefish Tuesday! By the time we get back, maybe there will be some snow in the forecast.
Edited by Spindrift300 - 12/28/13 at 7:24pm
post #41 of 206
Came to central Oregon today and didn't even bring ski gear. Brought bikes and climbing gear. Can't remember seeing so little snow on the drive over from Portland.
post #42 of 206
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Originally Posted by Nick27 View Post
 

It's late Dec and there don't seem to be any great places within a partial day's drive of Seattle. Steven's Pass is barely workable, crystal mt is corduroy, Snowqualmie not open, Mt Baker barely open. Whistler only good on groomed but still has barely enough snow. The Mt Hood places like Timberline Lodge seem to barely have enough snow. Schweitzer Mt is pretty far away from Seattle.  

 

Is it just that there's no good place to ski right now in Idaho, BC, WA, Oregon?

Corduroy???  You must be joking.  That would have been lovely.

 

Crystal is actually skiing pretty OK if you manage your expectations.  Beautiful day today with full-on views of the mountain.  It is true that mid-mountain to the base is atrocious. Spotty cover (like the last few weeks) with the added treat of thaw/rain/refreeze that has left ice an easterner would be proud of.  Not a great situation for the purple/blue/green skier.  But the upper mountain is really pretty good.  Both sides of chair 6 skied great today (and even better on xmas), although the entry into Powder Bowl is a bit rocky and the traverse over toward southback is "interesting."  But if you don't care too much about your bases and you have appropriate skills for the terrain, the reward is there once you drop in.  The bottom 2/3s of the Thrown (off the standard traverse) is awesome - soft and chalky, but predictable and stable with very little contour because it has been lightly skied - you could comfortably take pretty big, fast lines over there.  Green Valley is also skiing OK - the north facing stuff was decent all day and the rest of GV was softish and decent by afternoon.

 

But to be fair, I've been up 4 times in the last 2 weeks and today was the worst conditions by far.  They desperately need a refresh.

post #43 of 206
Quote:

Is it just that there's no good place to ski right now in Idaho, BC, WA, Oregon?

Maybe check in with DanoT about Sun Peaks--it's closer than Schweitzer or Bachelor, and they don't need a ton of snow to ski well. And they have a little snow in the forecast...

post #44 of 206
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Originally Posted by Spindrift300 View Post

Can't stand it anymore, bailing on Bend and heading to Whitefish Tuesday! By the time we get back, maybe there will be some snow in the forecast.

Saw this after I replied to your PM. So, your first day is Wednesday? That's good, I'll have had a couple days in by then. Will be able to tell you how things are skiing after I go Monday. Not going tomorrow, barely unpacked and we still have to have our Christmas.
post #45 of 206
Looks like a bit of snow is coming this weekend, I hope my trip up will be a sucess this coming week. Anything is better than tahoe right now, just hope it doesn't "R word".
post #46 of 206

Any thoughts on how Crystal would ski tomorrow? Or Baker? Crystal's website makes it sound like anything off the groomed trails won't be very skiable and that there are only five groomed trails. Baker is at least reporting decent coverage. I've skied enough in PA now that I can deal with "firm", but no coverage and being stuck on intermediate groomers is less easy to deal with. I'm getting a little stir crazy holed up at my parents' place in Tacoma for the holidays.

 

Hopefully the projections for Thursday actually happen and Fri/Sat are worthwhile everywhere.

 

o

post #47 of 206

Whistler has a decent forecast. 30cm snow Thursday/Friday followed by sun this weekend - almost timed it perfectly for the end of the holiday crowds.

post #48 of 206
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Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck View Post
 

Whistler has a decent forecast. 30cm snow Thursday/Friday followed by sun this weekend - almost timed it perfectly for the end of the holiday crowds.

 

Heading up there next Th/Fr -- hopefully conditions hold up okay until I get there.

post #49 of 206
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 Whistler has a decent forecast. 30cm snow Thursday/Friday followed by sun this weekend - almost timed it perfectly for the end of the holiday crowds.

noncrazycanuck, what do you look at for Whistler ski forecasts? I can only find the resort forecast--everything else I see (ie Enviro Canada) is just the village forecast. Do you have another site you look at to double check what the resort says, or any kind of weather discussion page (is there a BC version of Cliff Mass?)?

post #50 of 206

we're expecting around a foot and half at least at hemlock thursday/friday morning. So i'm really hoping they get more than that. 

 

Still around 40cm short of opening. 

post #51 of 206

If this is a big ticket trip be aware that the base is unusually low. The full vertical is skiable but a lot of the off piste is still marginal. Hope you have good luck and bring us more snow. One week most years usually translates into 2-3 feet.   

post #52 of 206

don't know who cliff mass is so not sure what he does. I just pay attention to the usual weather networks up here, Weather is our second national sport Satellite imagery is good for the major fronts. The local/regional weather reports on all Canadian Radio and TV stations are good try CBC Vancouver. The Whistler Alpine forecast is reasonably accurate  for wind and live temps even if it is a resort forecast. I get the marine/aviation weather forecasts on vhf  radio those are good for freezing levels, pressure, wind speed and direction, it's easy to spot trends from that. Of course wait a couple of hours and it will change. 

post #53 of 206
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Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck View Post
 

If this is a big ticket trip be aware that the base is unusually low. The full vertical is skiable but a lot of the off piste is still marginal. Hope you have good luck and bring us more snow. One week most years usually translates into 2-3 feet.   


As trips to Whistler by someone with a permanent address in Pittsburgh go, the ticket is pretty small. I got the Mountain Collective pass, I was flying into the Seattle area to spend some extended time here with family anyway, and lodging in Squamish is surprisingly reasonable. If things are looking too bad next week, I can push the trip up north off till the following week. But hopefully won't have to and I can be enjoying Canada's disconcerting convenience store candy aisles on the 9th and 10th as currently planned :).

 

o

post #54 of 206

I turned my nose up at skiing today but my husband went to Stevens, where it turns out they are not opening the backside or Kehr's. Ugh. It's not clear why.

post #55 of 206
Thread Starter 
I was up at Stevens on NYE. The snow isn't great, we need more badly, but we still managed to have some fun with it.

Overall the groomers are in ok shape, going through spring like freeze thaw cycles, whereas off-trail is a very mixed bag. Anything that gets skied a lot has been scraped into submission and actually isn't too terrible. Stuff that isn't getting skied much is pretty frozen and miserable. It means that the fun, skiable acreage is pretty low right now. But, take what you can get I suppose.
post #56 of 206

East coast conditions, but Rainier was looking good today.

 

o

 

post #57 of 206

Typical East Coast pavement?!!  Come on, gotta be better than that!   No new soft snow corderoy to be had top to bottom?

 

Dude you are harshing my  gotta wake up early to go skiing mellow here!

post #58 of 206

Decent conditions at Baker yesterday.  12" of snow overnight the day before was still in good condition.  Some places had been scraped down to the ice below, but there was a lot of good skiing to be had.  Shuksan looked pretty good too.

 

AppleMark

post #59 of 206
Weather report is looking good for stevens this week!
post #60 of 206
Thread Starter 

Freezing levels still look a little dicey later in the week, but even so this is a very refreshing change!

 

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