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post #31 of 187
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Originally Posted by DesiredUsername View Post

But wait! there's more.... a lot of moisture headed your way.
http://cliffmass.blogspot.com
Damn model runs keep changing around for my location, maybe we will get something
But ...
You are gonna get nailed with an active pattern
Get those rock skis ready
post #32 of 187
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by near nyquist View Post

Damn model runs keep changing around for my location, maybe we will get something
But ...
You are gonna get nailed with an active pattern
Get those rock skis ready
It's not anywhere near cold enough for snow except at the higher peaks. Probably around the end of the month before snow acumulates at the ski areas. Still could open in mid-November.
post #33 of 187
Looks good for the first week of October. Lots of moisture coming into the PNW. Turn on the faucet.
post #34 of 187

Drove to Whistler yesterday for the annual Turkey Sale (every Canadian Thanksgiving weekend) 

A lot of great buys and as usual a  large crowd taking advantage of it.

Made a big saving on the exact pair of skis and bindings I was looking for.

 

Might be worth the trip for some of you next year,  

 

 Sat 9am:  3c in valley and raining hard

post #35 of 187

Bachelor got a bit, but it will melt off for sure.  Still a sweet sign.

post #36 of 187
Ya know running those tracks on that Volcanic rock has got to take its toll.
post #37 of 187
post #38 of 187

It's mid October first pineapple express .

Only Whistler will get much snow locally, and it will just be in the alpine, but it is the start 

 

In Vancouver a bigger story is the wind in forecast.

I wasn't the only one doing a double check at the marina today

post #39 of 187

Today, October 13th, the NOAA just reinstated a "La Nina Watch" for the Fall citing a 70% chance of a weak La Nina  this Fall with a 55% chance of it remaining through the winter. The "La Nina Watch" had previously been canceled by NOAA on September 8th. Presently there is not enough confidence that the forecasted Las Nina will last long enough to qualify as a genuine "La Nina event". We will have to wait and see how things progress..

:snowfall:popcorn 


Edited by Lostboy - 10/14/16 at 2:09pm
post #40 of 187
All I want is it to be colder than last year.
post #41 of 187

 

Well, i'd say things are starting off pretty well. :D

They were calling for rain until this morning and THEN 100cm of snow,

But it snowed the whole way and so we have this, with 100cm still in the forecast.

It's not down to the valley, but it's low enough... plenty low enough.. as you can see...

post #42 of 187

   Some PNW ski resorts tentative opening dates:

  

   Posted on Snow Brains

   http://snowbrains.com/201617-opening-dates-for-ski-resorts-in-the-pacific-northwest/   

 

        Oregon

  • Mt. Hood Meadows- November 19th
  • Timberline Lodge- November 19th
  • Mt. Bachelor- November 25th
  • Anthony Lakes- December 3rd
  • Mount Ashland- December 11th
  • Mt. Hood Ski Bowl- December 14th
  • Cooper Spur- December 16th
  • Willamette Pass- December 16th
  • Hoodoo- December 16th
  • Spout Springs- January 1st

 

        Washington

  • Crystal Mountain- November 19th
  • Mt. Baker- November 17th
  • Bluewood- December 17th
  • Summit at Snoqualmie- December 9th
  • Alpental- December 10th
  • Mt. Spokane- December 9th
  • White Pass- November 26th
  • Stevens Pass- December 2nd
  • 49 Degrees North- December 4th
  • Mission Ridge- November 25th

 

       Regarding Idaho see:

         http://www.onthesnow.com/idaho/projected-openings.html

 

      Whistler/Blackomb B.C. November 24, 2016

      

       Posted on Whistler's site https://www.whistler.com/hours-of-operation/

post #43 of 187

Just because someone published "opening dates" doesn't mean anything.  These places will open when they have enough snow, date be damned. 

 

My two home areas have published calendars that don't have anything to do with the dates shown above.

 

These calendars only give dates when they could possibly be open, not when they will actually be open.  Only Mother Nature knows when opening day will be, and she's not telling until the time is right. Snow Brains (No Brains?) shows Mt. Baker opening on 11/17, but Baker's operations calendar on their web site begins on 11/1.  Stevens Pass shows an opening date of 11/18 on their web site but Brainless said that their opening date is 12/2. You can bet they'll do everything they can to be open by Thanksgiving.

post #44 of 187

Very true.

Exception is Whistler.

They will open either on the date posted or usually earlier but that's really only because of the US Holiday weekend and good snow making capacity.

How much will be open and If its actually worth skiing who knows 

post #45 of 187
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Very true.

Exception is Whistler.

They will open either on the date posted or usually earlier but that's really only because of the US Holiday weekend and good snow making capacity.

How much will be open and If its actually worth skiing who knows 

 

I don't know exactly how much snow Whistler got over the weekend, but i would hazard to guess it was probably upwards of three feet in the alpine. The storm hit HARD. Snowflakes were even seen down to the village, although the actual snow on the ground line is about 4,000ft, and the snow of any significance line is slightly north of 5,000ft.

 

Forecasts have the temps staying at or below where they are from here on out, so although the snowline is just a bit high for early opening (which at Whistler needs coverage from (4,500 - 6,000) because of which lifts they open, it's fantastic for getting the alpine coverage an early start. ... and really, most of the snowmaking stress for an early opening comes on the upper part of that range since that's where the wider and more varied slopes are, and the sub 5,000 stuff can be opened with one through run. So in all, if temps cool enough over the next few weeks, it's looking really good for an early opening at Whistler right now.

 

Sometimes they open a full 2 weeks early... here's hoping.

post #46 of 187
The "last" warm up next week in Oregon I hope.
post #47 of 187

A somewhat random thought but last month on our way to and from backpacking in the Wallowas we drove past a ski area in the Blues in OR called Spout Springs. I thought I knew all the PNW areas but I'd never heard of this one, and it has been there since the 1920s! And it gets to fly the official Olympic flag because it's been a training center for Nordic and jumping ski teams. Who knew. One of these years when we do a Tour de Little PNW Ski Areas and hit Sky Anthony Lakes and Bluewood, we'll add this on.

post #48 of 187
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A somewhat random thought but last month on our way to and from backpacking in the Wallowas we drove past a ski area in the Blues in OR called Spout Springs. I thought I knew all the PNW areas but I'd never heard of this one, and it has been there since the 1920s! And it gets to fly the official Olympic flag because it's been a training center for Nordic and jumping ski teams. Who knew. One of these years when we do a Tour de Little PNW Ski Areas and hit Sky Anthony Lakes and Bluewood, we'll add this on.


I had the same experience a couple of years ago.  I've never seen the place mentioned anywhere, but there it was.

post #49 of 187
Thread Starter 
I had at some point an old-school paper map of the Western US that showed, among other things, ski areas big and small. So on a road trip I'd have an idea there was a ski area out there somewhere and I'd look for road signs confirming their existence.

Examples:
Loup Loup WA (Hwy 20 between Twisp and Okanagan) and Badger Mt WA (near Waterville on Us 2); Warner Canyon (Lakeview, OR near Hwy 395 just north of the CA border), Kelly Canyon ID.
post #50 of 187

I have tried to do a few "unknowns" on road trips but have had the experience of arriving and find finding that while they are normally open that day, so and so didn't come in today so they aren't  It's hard to plan on skiing a very small local hill either out of weekends or prime season   

post #51 of 187

This year I'm doing an "Oregon Ski Safari" -- Every Area -- Every Lift -- Every Run.  This is to celebrate my 60th birthday, 50th year of skiing, and my retirement.  There are 15 areas in Oregon that I know of:

 

Timberline Lodge

Summit

Ski Bowl

Snow Bunny

Cooper Spur

Mt Hood Meadows

Mt Bachelor

Spout Springs

Anthony Lakes

Ferguson Ridge

Willamette Pass

Hoodoo

Mt Ashland

Warner Canyon

Mt Bailey Snowcat

 

 

post #52 of 187
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Originally Posted by pchewn View Post
 

This year I'm doing an "Oregon Ski Safari" -- Every Area -- Every Lift -- Every Run.  This is to celebrate my 60th birthday, 50th year of skiing, and my retirement.  There are 15 areas in Oregon that I know of:

 

Timberline Lodge

Summit

Ski Bowl

Snow Bunny

Cooper Spur

Mt Hood Meadows

Mt Bachelor

Spout Springs

Anthony Lakes

Ferguson Ridge

Willamette Pass

Hoodoo

Mt Ashland

Warner Canyon

Mt Bailey Snowcat

 

 


Good luck with this one.  Congratulations and happy trails.

post #53 of 187

We expect pictures and a TR!

;)

post #54 of 187

From Mt. Bachelor   Monday October 17, 2016

 

................."Since then, winter has decided to make its presence felt and we have received nearly two feet of snow in the base area since Friday! A little higher at our mid-mountain snow stake we have 37" stacked up already! The forecast is calling for continued snow showers through Tuesday before the temps warm up again.".....................

post #55 of 187

Timberline is getting dumped on.  Do they ever re-open before November?

post #56 of 187

Vancouver yesterday

The clouds cleared enough after the latest pineapple express to see the North Shore mountains - they are still all green.

At least it's white in Whistler's alpine.

post #57 of 187

Here is something to be stoked about!
 

post #58 of 187

The North Cascades are sure getting snow. 2' at Washington Pass and I heard a report of 4' at Hart's Pass.

 

 

 

 

post #59 of 187

Our first major snow event of year is expected mid week. 

Currently over a meter is forecast and with a much lower snowline.

Add that to what is already in the Alpine and it  looks good for an early opening at Whistler.

Those who took advantage of that edge card promo might get a lot of extra free days  

post #60 of 187

Forecast for just near Bachelor.   Better than nothing.  Bachelor can get more than this forecast.

 


Sunday

Rain and snow likely before 11am, then snow. High near 38. South wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Sunday Night
Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 30. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Monday
Snow likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
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