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Some encouragement, please (poor ski conditions at Crystal Mountain Washington)

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Nevermind...

 

Thanks for the responses below, though.


Edited by Crystal Mtn - 1/1/15 at 4:18pm
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At any time it can turn into this..
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I'm sorry to hear it.  We'll have rain again Sunday, if a little schadenfreude helps you.

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The edit of the first post leaves me wondering what the issue was.

 

 

I'm just gonna say that for my .02, Crystal is killing it. I've skied a few days there - including a couple decent groomer days and a legit pow day last Sunday.  A whole lot of mountain with OK coverage.

 

For a change of pace, we hit Stevens today. It was clear and scenic. But the lack of coverage was beyond a joke. I understand putting a good face on things - but IMO Stevens is just not trustworthy. Their condition report bordered on irresponsible. Yes, they noted a lean snowpack. But they made it sound a ton better than t was ( and hyped all lifts spinning). Not to say that there was no snow. But combine limited snow + lots of hazards (divots, creek holes, rocks, gravel, brush etc) + virtually no patrol hazard marking +  a race course on Skyline + a ton of people, and I thought it was a bit out of control. I would not suggest anyone below strong intermediate go there at the moment. I'll personally pass on Stevens until there's another couple feet of real base. YMMV

 

All in all, Crystal is showing very well IMO.

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For a change of pace, we hit Stevens today. It was clear and scenic. But the lack of coverage was beyond a joke. [...] I would not suggest anyone below strong intermediate go there at the moment.

 

Interesting that you feel that way.  I was last up on Monday before Southern Cross and Big Chief opened up, but I think the terrain for lower level skiers is actually better than for upper level skiers right now at Stevens.  The groomers are actually in pretty good shape IMO (except for the mess with the creek at the base of the backside).  Off trail coverage is extremely thin though.  IMO the only advanced terrain that's skiing well is 7th heaven, and only part of it.

 

I have been wondering if Crystal does more summer grooming than Stevens does (I have no idea if either resort does any to speak of), because they seemed to get more terrain open sooner this year, and it sounds like from what you say that they have less stuff exposed at this point, too.

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Interesting that you feel that way.  I was last up on Monday before Southern Cross and Big Chief opened up, but I think the terrain for lower level skiers is actually better than for upper level skiers right now at Stevens.  The groomers are actually in pretty good shape IMO (except for the mess with the creek at the base of the backside).  Off trail coverage is extremely thin though.  IMO the only advanced terrain that's skiing well is 7th heaven, and only part of it.

 

I have been wondering if Crystal does more summer grooming than Stevens does (I have no idea if either resort does any to speak of), because they seemed to get more terrain open sooner this year, and it sounds like from what you say that they have less stuff exposed at this point, too.


I think the weather has just treated Crystal better this year. Every dog has his day. Last year Crystal got starved early season. This year they win. Last Sunday was legit knee deep powder off Chair 6 at Crystal. 

 

As for Stevens - my case is that the combo of hazards and gotchas and limited terrain makes most of the mountain simply inappropriate for novices and lower intermediates. At lest until there is more snow. That includes blue and green groomers.

 

Even where Stevens is skiing relatively well on the groomers, lots of spots offer sudden and unexpected challenges. Mix in dense crowds and it is just kind of ugly IMO. Even runs like Rock and Blue and the mainline on Big Chief offer plenty to trip someone up if they are not paying attention and in control. On the backside I only did upper Gemini to Outer Limits - just to scope things out. Admittedly upper Gemini skied quite well. But Outer Limits was a complete shitshow. The issues in the creek areas were "self evident" and abundant. Not that you can't ski the place. But it certainly leaves plenty to be desired at the moment IMO.

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Fair enough.  I won't disagree that even where things seem to be in good shape, you really need to be paying attention right now.  Because you're right, there are things out there that can ruin your day.

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So far Mt. Baker has been pretty good considering the snow coverage.  I skied there Sunday and yesterday and both days had really good snow quality, though by yesterday there were some scraped down areas.  If you stick to the low angle areas on C5 and C8 or ski Austin the snow has been really nice.  I'm going up tomorrow and it will tell the tale.  The temperatures have risen above freezing since yesterday, so I'm interested in what may be available.  I'll be skiing with my 7 year old grandson, so we won't go off of the groomed.

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Fair enough.  I won't disagree that even where things seem to be in good shape, you really need to be paying attention right now.  Because you're right, there are things out there that can ruin your day.


I think you captured much of what I was trying to say - but better.

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