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post #421 of 705
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Originally Posted by canali View Post
 

can anyone remember when it's been this bad? any period that older, long time skiers can compare?


'76-77 was pretty bad. So was '04-05. This season may take the cake, though.

post #422 of 705

My bud who's been at WB since 1972 says he has never seen it so bad.

 

My experience with WB since 1994 says this year REALLY sucks.

post #423 of 705

Whitewater looks very much like Whitefish. The groomers are quite pleasant, but there are a lot of people around here who don't have the correct skis. Some bumps are OK, once the sun softens them. First thing in the morning, everything that's not groomed is brutal. Coverage is adequate on many places, with brush sticking through in other places. No brown spots, except at the bottom of the Glory chair (second-hand report - I didn't go down there yesterday).

 

Forecast for this week doesn't look good. The above-freezing temperatures may be accompanied by rain.

post #424 of 705

We got lucky on Saturday at Schweitzer. It's been very firm and sparse coverage over the past several weeks but this weekend, things loosened up a bit with the warmer temps and we were able to get out the gate for some back country. It's limited to about the top 1,000' of the mountain but it made for a couple of good runs and skins. However, this very well could be it. If our temps stay high and we get some predicted rain this week, I may be golfing from now on until next season. Here's a shot of the luscious corn harvest we had, though:

 


Edited by GoldMember - 3/9/15 at 5:01pm
post #425 of 705
I had the day off from work today (Monday) so decided to drive to Stevens. The view from the top of Tye Mill looked like this:

while Kehr's looked like this:

Nothing was open on the backside and 7th Heaven wasn't spinning either, so I was done after a couple hours. Groomers were OK, otherwise the runs that were open were pretty much slush bumps. I have to say the grooming crew has done a good job of pushing snow around and covering holes and bare spots. Actually had fun on the Blue Trail (Hogsback).

It's forecasted for rain starting Wednesday so that might be the end of the season, as there isn't much snow to lose. I'd head to Crystal this weekend but not keen on uploading and downloading the Gondola just to ski in the rain.

Maybe a trip to Utah if they keep getting snow. Meanwhile I back home where our Thundercloud Plum trees look like this:
post #426 of 705
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I had the day off from work today (Monday) so decided to drive to Stevens. The view from the top of Tye Mill looked like this:

 

Oof.  I skipped this weekend as I had other plans, that's a lot worse than a week ago looked, actually.  With the rain and high overnight temps (currently not forecast to get below freezing at all this week at Stevens), I think the end is gonna be very soon.

post #427 of 705
Were still going just like the energizer bunny. But with rain in the forecast our batteries might drain. Just can't get a break.
post #428 of 705

I am going to Whistler in a just over a week and am looking for a quick update. First off, I realize that 1) conditions are historically bad 2) The Whistler website reports only 188" cumulative inches (most of which I've noticed falling with high snow levels), so again, things are grim. But does anyone know if I should worry about the alpine and/or mid mountain slopes deteriorating to a point where major terrain (example: Peak/Harmony/Spanky's) is closing? I was there in early January and the mid mountain trees/bumps were basically un-skiable, but the cruisers we fine. And the alpine was a bit exposed, but i still enjoyed navigating the bowls. Should I expect similar coverage, or are things much worse now?

I just scrolled through more weather stats and I now see that less than 70" have fallen since I was there... uh oh. Rain in the forecast... uh oh.

 

Thanks in advance for any update.

post #429 of 705
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I am going to Whistler in a just over a week and am looking for a quick update. First off, I realize that 1) conditions are historically bad 2) The Whistler website reports only 188" cumulative inches (most of which I've noticed falling with high snow levels), so again, things are grim. But does anyone know if I should worry about the alpine and/or mid mountain slopes deteriorating to a point where major terrain (example: Peak/Harmony/Spanky's) is closing? I was there in early January and the mid mountain trees/bumps were basically un-skiable, but the cruisers we fine. And the alpine was a bit exposed, but i still enjoyed navigating the bowls. Should I expect similar coverage, or are things much worse now?

I just scrolled through more weather stats and I now see that less than 70" have fallen since I was there... uh oh. Rain in the forecast... uh oh.

 

Thanks in advance for any update.

 

04-05 was worse than this year in terms of alpine coverage, although things picked up late (record April snowfall). Of what you listed, the only issues I could see if there is sustained rain/warm temps, there may not be enough coverage on Glacier Road out from Spanky's/Blackcomb Glacier. West Bowl/Hwy 86 off Peak could have issues as well but it's higher and more protected from the sun. Front side of Peak and Harmony/Symphony will be fine there is a decent enough alpine snowpack. High alpine chutes are fine as long as surface conditions warrant skiing them. There has been some decent corn high up.

 

Personally I would recommend mountain biking instead.

post #430 of 705

Mount Baker just closed due to lack of snow.  They say they'll open back up as soon as they get some more.  Looks like that may happen in November. :(

post #431 of 705
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
 


'76-77 was pretty bad. So was '04-05. This season may take the cake, though.

esp when you remember that last season in PNW was subpar too

(in BC anyway..esp the coast)

...so 2 yrs in a row now

post #432 of 705
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
 


'76-77 was pretty bad. So was '04-05. This season may take the cake, though.

esp when you remember that last season in PNW was subpar too

(in BC anyway..esp the coast)

...so 2 yrs in a row now


Last year wasn't anything like those other two years.  They were much, much worse, which makes this year look even more awful.

post #433 of 705
I'm beginning to think that all the closings west of us is what is keeping all these skiers here... Either that or all the ski clubs picked the same week to visit...
post #434 of 705
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I'm beginning to think that all the closings west of us is what is keeping all these skiers here... Either that or all the ski clubs picked the same week to visit...

 

Sun Peaks is reporting a slight increase in skier visits, some of which is due to skiers from Seattle and Vancouver giving up on their local mountains.

 

Right now we are in full blown spring skiing. It feels more like late April than mid March.

post #435 of 705
Compare? 2004/2005 and in the late 70's yes, but both years had a decent march... weather trend is showing this March will be bad this year though. For the coast it's the worst snow pack in 100 years currently. Overall we're on course for the worst snow/ski season on record for the pac nw whether it be coastal or inland...
post #436 of 705
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But does anyone know if I should worry about the alpine and/or mid mountain slopes deteriorating to a point where major terrain (example: Peak/Harmony/Spanky's) is closing?

 

No.  You will be fine.  I was just there.  The conditions are going to improve now as it's snowing there on and off.  The Saddle, and few other green/blue runs are your best bet.  Hardpack carving for sure.

 

Right now, the places to go are Japan, Italy and Switz.   Check out Zermatt weather for the next 9 days.  We are talking 60 inches of snow per day. 

post #437 of 705

Well, I think my season's over, barring some major change in our weather. Schweitzer has a 4" base claim. The weather this weekend is temps above freezing, even at night, and 90-100% chance of rain. That will probably just about remove any remaining snow at the lower elevations. My golf clubs and bike won't feel nearly as neglected starting Saturday. It's not even St. Patrick's day, yet.:(

post #438 of 705

My wife bought a 4 pack pass to Mt. Bachelor and has only used one of the days. If she doesn't go at least 3 more times it will have been the most expensive ski day ever (and it was actually just 2 hours of skiing).

 

It was 70°F and sunny yesterday so I am mentally finished with this season.

post #439 of 705

We bought season passes to both Mt. Baker and Stevens Pass (mid week).  I've used my Baker pass 7 times and the Stevens one twice.  The other half has used the Baker pass twice and that's it.  Now Baker is closed.  One expensive season.

post #440 of 705
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Originally Posted by GoldMember View Post
 

Well, I think my season's over, barring some major change in our weather. Schweitzer has a 4" base claim. The weather this weekend is temps above freezing, even at night, and 90-100% chance of rain. That will probably just about remove any remaining snow at the lower elevations. My golf clubs and bike won't feel nearly as neglected starting Saturday. It's not even St. Patrick's day, yet.:(

  

 

I am trying to stoke up my enthusiasm and drive over to Whitefish and ski groomers for a couple days.  Worst year for me since 74-ugh.

post #441 of 705
Would love to see you!! Come before @Fuller leaves, we'll be a Gathering. @SlowObstacle leaves tomorrow.

And it is just groomers. I'll be missing my million this year not due to off piste, but to short season. Unless the storm of 04-05, which I think came March 18-19, does a repeat.
post #442 of 705
You might want to use this:

post #443 of 705

Whistler is now expecting over a foot of fresh in alpine tonight to Saturday. Finally a fresh cover on the frozen ruts off piste.

The beach was the better choice before.  

post #444 of 705

Really fail to see how Whistler is forecasting a lower freezing elevation than Revelstoke but here is hoping! 

post #445 of 705

Usually as spring progresses, temps get warmer inland and stay more moderate at the coast.  Historically it's mid to late March when Revelstoke becomes warmer than Whistler. 

post #446 of 705
Meanwhile, north cascade hwy will be opening earlier than usual.
post #447 of 705
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Originally Posted by Kulharin View Post

Really fail to see how Whistler is forecasting a lower freezing elevation than Revelstoke but here is hoping! 

Probably has something to do with spring break. Calling all families.

Call me cynical.
post #448 of 705
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Meanwhile, north cascade hwy will be opening earlier than usual.


I'm almost surprised it was even closed this year. Great for cycling up to opening day. 

post #449 of 705

Been at Whistler for the past week, and it is going downhill fast - no pun intended.

 

As far down as the Dave Murray it's super soft and getting very grey.

 

The forecast continues to get lower and lower as far as snowfall.

post #450 of 705

Had a reporter ask me to comment about the imminent loss of the alpine and nordic leg in this years Pole, Peddle, Paddle. I don't participate in carnival events so I had no comment, but the situation surely got me thinking that spring break couldn't get here quicker.  46" base? :ROTF……..:(


Edited by ShopGimp - 3/12/15 at 8:04am
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