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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Bummer. Lots of snow followed by lots of rain in the PNW delivered this:

http://www.katu.com/news/37226989.html

All Ski Areas at Snoqualmie Pass closed as did Steven's Pass and Crystal Mt. Steven's is down for tomorrow as well.

When it rains, it pours... then it slides.

.ma
post #2 of 17
doesnt even look that steep, wet slides are a strange beast.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
It's not all that steep but the material that slid may be on top of smooth bedrock. Certainly sodden with all the warm rain.

There are lots more pics of local damage here.

** Anyone still at work **
... be aware they're talking about closing I-5 at Fife due to flooding over the highway. Could be a long ride home.


Funny how modern technology has Amped-Up the crisis tenor over floods like this as compared with the 60's and 70's. I remember having two floods like this every year (early December & mid Feb) in the Snoqualmie Valley. Everyone just hunkered down and griped about it for a few days, then went back to normalcy. Now, we get a play-by-play report for every mailbox as it goes under water.

'Course, maybe all those housing developments and strip malls built in known Flood Plains have elevated local interest just a bit.

.ma
post #4 of 17

Serious nostalgia

back in the 60's I learned to ski at Hyak, it was always the poor bastard stepchild on Snoqualmie Pass but the place had a certain charm (at least to an 11yo!). I've not skied there in 25+ years and just last week I made a mental note to myself that I had to return this season for a couple hours of skiing....

There is a great website about Hyak, www.hyak.net, for those interested....it has an interesting history as well as a chairlift
that services (or rather serviced!) the front as well as the backside of the mountian. I can remember skiing Hidden Valley while listening to the High Power Lines crackle overhead, sweet memories!

Poor old yak.....
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by michaelA View Post
It's not all that steep but the material that slid may be on top of smooth bedrock. Certainly sodden with all the warm rain.
.ma
Yes, it was basically a mass wasting event, and the snow on top was just along for the ride. Saturation of the soil probably caused this, adding weight and lubricating the surface of the underlying rock.
post #6 of 17
The NWS has alerts for landslides in that area right now, including landslides under snowpack, so I think that's probably what it was. Pretty nasty.
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
I've only skied Hyak a couple of times in the distant past. As fate would have it I almost took the trails over to Hyak on Sunday with a fellow instructor who did go over. I only made it to the new Silver Fir HSQ chair (nice!) before heading back with the group.


Lots of news reports on flooding, slides and road closures all evening. Even if it cools back down to 'normal' in the mountains late tomorrow evening I suspect it will take several days for the soaken sod underneath to drain out and stabilize.

Got to wonder if the ski areas (as well as the roads to them) will be reopening as claimed. Was quite a lot of snow up there Sunday. Bet half of it is gone by now.

.ma
post #8 of 17
Yep. Accuweather is reporting that mudslides closed I-5 in the Snoqualmie area.

http://seis.natsci.csulb.edu/bperry/...ss_Wasting.htm
post #9 of 17
Not pretty.
post #10 of 17
Some of these pictures really show the damage. See the chairlift just dangling there:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hyak/se...7606217542480/
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by flaviaman View Post
back in the 60's I learned to ski at Hyak, it was always the poor bastard stepchild on Snoqualmie Pass but the place had a certain charm (at least to an 11yo!). I've not skied there in 25+ years and just last week I made a mental note to myself that I had to return this season for a couple hours of skiing....

There is a great website about Hyak, www.hyak.net, for those interested....it has an interesting history as well as a chairlift
that services (or rather serviced!) the front as well as the backside of the mountian. I can remember skiing Hidden Valley while listening to the High Power Lines crackle overhead, sweet memories!

Poor old yak.....

Flaviaman, I taught up there for 13 years, but it was in the 70's and 80's. Grayson Connors Ski School.
post #12 of 17
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Flaviaman, I taught up there for 13 years, but it was in the 70's and 80's. Grayson Connors Ski School.
Alas Grayson Conners Ski School would have been far too pricey for my family...I spent about 4 years with District 15 Edmonds Ski School, as I recall it was about $45 for 8 lessons as well as being bussed from Edmonds, ah the joys of riding in a bus with smelly, wet, wool clothing!

I remember getting car sick (bus sick?) coming home once (this was before I-90 as well know it). Vomited in the aisle of the bus!

Hyak was also the first place I broke a leg (and copped a feel!)
post #13 of 17
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Hyak was also the first place I broke a leg (and copped a feel!)
Broke my leg at Stevens and copped my first feel at Ski Acres. Those were the days, though I could have done without the broken leg.
post #14 of 17
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bus!

Hyak was also the first place I broke a leg (and copped a feel!)

post #15 of 17

The late 60's and copping a ....errr feeling good!

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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
Newfy...

Re Pictures:

She was about 13yo, and like most 13yo's back she then had about as much "vertical" as a ski hill in the Midwest (my apologies to those who frequent ski hills in the Midwest...and my condolences!)

Still, as Pousanne (sp!) says they were the days... a (chair) lift ticket was $4.50, hamburgers 45 cents in "the Lodge", my Lange boots (Comps I believe) cost $159, Look Nevada "turntables" (the classic all metal type, complete with the little plate on the ski that the tunrtable rested on when not in use) were about $60 and we were entering the period of Sexual Liberation....

BTW, watched a Brigette Bardot / Roger Vadim film last night, (Don Juan, 1972...apparently one of Bardot's final films). Terrible plot / script....but I enjoyed it! Just for Newfy...here's a photo, much more interesting than my Hyak Conquest!




Cheers:

Da Flav
post #16 of 17
Ah yes! those were the days when you yourself would not go to jail for apre- ski with a 13 year old! The chaparones might take some heat. Still remember those stretch pants.

Thanks for the story and the dangerous pic!
post #17 of 17
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Ah yes! those were the days when you yourself would not go to jail for apre- ski with a 13 year old! The chaparones might take some heat. Still remember those stretch pants.

Thanks for the story and the dangerous pic!
Stretch pants..... though I am no real fan of Warren Miller I seem to recall he wrote a piece within the past few years in that he postulated skiing became much less interesting with the demise of stretch pants......

Cheers
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