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Well, that's one time I don't think anyone would object to having the safety bar down.
My pass isn't good on Saturdays, but I didn't miss anything today. Schweitzer had to put the entire mountain on wind hold for the day. I heard tell it was gusting up to 65mph.
We had it on Friday. Stevens Pass closed down 6 of 10 lifts on a big powder day, which I'm sure is not an easy call. It felt like the chairs were about to wail around like on the video, but it didn't get quite that bad. Telemetry showed 60 mph gusts though.
Yes, only a few areas seemed to ski okay. Hopefully the snow that started falling around 2 PM today won't get blown away, and will cover up some of that scoured stuff...
Yikes! We had a line of storms come through Saturday mid day that resulted in the highest wind gusts ever recorded at the Raleigh airport, 86 MPH. Lots of downed trees,on houses and power outages. Thankfully our property and trees are still standing strong.
I skied Saturday at Schweitzer. The Basin Express and Triple were open in the morning but the BE was shut down by 10:00 or so. We were some of the lucky ones who were on the triple so were able to ski several runs. What we skied was actually pretty good, getting filled in every run. I skied the same lines and they were untracked, for the most part, every run. At 11:00, we decided to call it since it was so windy and pretty foggy. We started skiing down the ridge from the Triple toward Stiles when one of the 90 mph gusts hit. It damn near blew my wife off the ridge into the trees. It was fairly scary. Anyway, we made it to Stiles (committed to go to the bottom at this point) and suddenly it cleared and we could see. Nothing but untracked in front of us and it was really good. Now that we had to go to the bottom, though, we decided to grab our AT gear and skinned back up to the triple for five more runs. All was visible at that point so we got some really nice, soft, untracked runs in before heading down to watch the Seahawks' game in the bar. All in all, it was really a pretty fun day.
Sunday was really fun again in the morning. Not nearly as windy, partly cloudy skies, 3" of new that filled in the tracks from the day before and it was really a pretty good day.
Yeah, I heard the Triple went for a couple of hours after all else shut down.
I was up there from 10-2 yesterday and poked around a little most everywhere. The worst spots were anything off Little Blue...scour all the way to the run-out. Australia all the way around to Big Timber was pretty good...scratchy and hard in the lower trees closer to the bottom of 6, tho.
Snagline around to Headwall was good. I heard anything around Chair 4 was hard, but I didn't get over that far. The best snow was anything off South Ridge from D on down. Run of the day for me was my 1st one...Snagline when it was still mostly untracked. 2nd best: H...again, before the masses hit!
You guys hitting Schweitzer should PM me sometime this season when you're up for sharing a turn or two with a middling hack-skier! As it is, I suspect we were crossing paths.