How bad it is in the Cascades: a visual aid.
Almost worth its own thread...
Stevens just threw in the towel. And by towel, I mean this was just clipped from their cams. Closed until further notice.
We were there yesterday - March 13 - and this is what Big Chief/ Kehr's looked like from the base.
The last 5-10 seconds of this video shows the above slope during a more typical end of March. Heck, the whole thing is a more typical fully lift served March.
For those who know it, here is cloudpeak yesterday "skiing" the return from Promenade to Kehr's Chair. Best snirt around...
To put this in perspective, this is what things looked in *May* of 2010. The slope in the far center and right background is the dirt in yesterday's images. You can make out the lift in common. (the closer lift in this shot is Daisy)
Here are some shots looking up at Skid Road yesterday. The groomer looked very skiable, but the lift was closed. Presumably to save it for today. Sort of a waste of the last of the snow. Note that the rock field on the right is normally a powder field this time of year. Sigh...
Here's a shot from early March 2013 skiing toward the back chunks of that rock field above.As you might surmise - no rocks were to be seen then.
If you know the mountain, you know that this shot from mid *May* in 2011 on Cloud 9 hints at what the boulder field (sort of tucked away in the middle behind the trees) looked like in that year. Not a rock close to showing (except for where an avy ripped to ground, but that does not count).
This was taken from the top of Hogs yesterday - looking at the lowest reach of Cloud 9 as it drops to Hogsback.
Here is cloudpeak on Cinco de Mayo 2010 - seen from almost the same spot - booting just about where the dirt is in the above image IIRC.
OK - here is Tye Mill lift yesterday. That is Tye Bowl in the background. Only the upper reaches are visible (click for big version).
Here are some lift served shots from a couple days about this time of March of 2011. These are coming out of the chutes (all rock now) you can see in the top center/right of the above shot.
Here is cloudpeak lower in Tye bowl in mid May 2011. There are van sized boulders still fully covered... I can't even imagine what it looks like today.
I'm usually insanely optimistic, but I'm about ready to stick a fork in it. Maybe a wake is in order...
Here's to a better year next year.
*Warning - there are some nice looking post lift-served season shots mixed in above. Be aware that since putting in the bike park, Stevens now digs things up quite a bit immediately after closing. What was once a great quiet post-season skinning/hiking locale is not so much anymore. If you consider hitting it in some future year, factor in trashed snow on the lower and mid mountain, plus noise and fumes of cats and other equipment.
Edited by spindrift - 3/14/15 at 4:25pm