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Marine Climates (I.E. Alyeska)

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Here is an example of the dangers associated with having a ski resort at sea level on the ocean:


FROM ALYESKA WEBSITE THIS AM
New Snow In Last 24 hours:
Base(elevation 250') 7"
Midway(elevation 1,500')21"
Top(elevation 2,750') 18"
Total snow depth:
Base 7"
Midway 116"
Top 166"

1250' feet has been the difference between a super season to date and a bust.

We get tons of precipitation in Girdwood (We are a northern rain forest). In the winter most of it falls as snow, and we get occassional rain at the base, however the mountain from midway up always gets blasted (270 + inches to date).

However, this year things have been reversed with most of the precipitation being rain and an occasional snow fall. Also, the condition of the snow has been shifted up the mountain. The snow is usually fairly light to excellent at top and grows heavier as you get down to the ready mix that is prevelant at the base.

Well the snow transition line has also moved up quite a bit, making for less that great conditions.

Editor's Note: I AM USING OTHER'S REPORTS TO CONDITIONS AS I HAVE NOT MADE A TURN TO DATE.

I imagine the same can happen at Whistler and other B.C. resorts as well as in the Seattle area. (However the higher base elevations may alleviate it).

My point: Always be careful when booking a trip to resorts that are affected by the seas, as it can be hit or miss. However, if you want a place to live full-time, these are the places to go because with SO much precipitation, you will get your lion's share of Epic Days.
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Yes, the weather is indeed screwy. But sweet pow days like today are definately nice.

G

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