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post #31 of 49

Hopefully you'll have some decent snow to work with...

My two faves in the area are Crystal Mountain WA - a big area with fantastic terrain (you won't get bored); and Mt. Hood Meadows OR - smaller with less varied terrain, but I've been lucky to have great snow conditions almost every time I've skied there.

Good luck!

post #32 of 49


 

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Hope no one feels my focus on ski first, work second is a problem.


Heck no, that's the way it should be!


 

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Having said that the advice I've received on this forum has been invaluable in that i realize that it will be a crap shoot and thus I will be best served by watching the snow conditions in the area and planning my travel schedule around the most favorable conditions.

 

Good that's the right plan.  I think you'll probably have the best luck at Mt. Hood.  They get a little more snow than the WA resorts (except Baker, but that's really far out of your way) and usually get good early season snow.  They've got a little elevation advantage over the WA areas too.

post #33 of 49

Definately Mt. Hood.

post #34 of 49
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They also take their money elsewhere. And that only hurts an area. I see no difference between park kids, and racer kids quite honestly. There is a segment of both groups that need a good beating. And don't get me started on the self entitled ski clubbers. Basically there is a segment of every user group that are a pain in the ass to deal with.

 

 

I'll be sure to call up Silverton and let them know. And Chamonix. Those places just don't know what they're missing out on!
 

post #35 of 49

No my man, it brings knuckle draggers to the hill!

post #36 of 49

That's pretty early... you are only looking at Mt Hood, and that isn't a sure thing either. Most resorts around the PNW shoot for a Thanksgiving weekend opening.

 

Maybe Lookout Pass - but that is a small regional area near Spokane. Lookout is historically open the earliest in the Spokane area, sometimes opening a week or two before Thanksgiving. I probably wouldn't bet my trip on it, though.

 

Sunshine in Banff has an opening date scheduled for November 11th. It's about... 9:30 hours from Pasco. ha ha 

post #37 of 49

Yeah pretty much all of this.

 

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They also take their money elsewhere. And that only hurts an area. I see no difference between park kids, and racer kids quite honestly. There is a segment of both groups that need a good beating. And don't get me started on the self entitled ski clubbers. Basically there is a segment of every user group that are a pain in the ass to deal with.

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I'll be sure to call up Silverton and let them know. And Chamonix. Those places just don't know what they're missing out on!
 

You're comparing apples to oranges.
 

post #39 of 49
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You're comparing apples to oranges.
 


I'm not comparing anything to anything, darling.

post #40 of 49
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No my man, it brings knuckle draggers to the hill!


There are already knuckle draggers up there.

 

We spend a lot of time in the trees.
 

post #41 of 49

Early Nov is a real gamble and the only other name to throw out is Whistler/Blackcomb.  Idaho is not worth a visit that early even if we were skiing Nov 13th last year, it doesn't happen often.

post #42 of 49


Wait 'til there's a park. U ain' seen nuthin' yet!
 

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There are already knuckle draggers up there.

 

We spend a lot of time in the trees.
 

post #43 of 49

Hi,

 

Your best bet will be Mt Hood for November as it is actually on the way from PDX to Pasco WA. Last November the season started early - Nov 13th or so but the year before it was Dec 19th. Usually the season starts at the Thanksgiving. Try to aim the trip as deep in November as possible as snow coverage is so-so and only few runs will be open since Mt Hood resorts snow making is only to supplement the existing coverage in the places where the snow becomes thin. 

 

Mt Hood Meadows (MHM) and Timberline have the highest altitudes, Timberline's Palmer chair is open in the summer but it shuts down around October as the weather becomes rough up there.

 

Vlad

post #44 of 49
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Hi,

 

Your best bet will be Mt Hood for November as it is actually on the way from PDX to Pasco WA. Last November the season started early - Nov 13th or so but the year before it was Dec 19th. Usually the season starts at the Thanksgiving. Try to aim the trip as deep in November as possible as snow coverage is so-so and only few runs will be open since Mt Hood resorts snow making is only to supplement the existing coverage in the places where the snow becomes thin. 

 

Mt Hood Meadows (MHM) and Timberline have the highest altitudes, Timberline's Palmer chair is open in the summer but it shuts down around October as the weather becomes rough up there.

 

Vlad

 

Actually, Palmer chair shuts down right after Labor day weekend. Sometimes, they reopen during October, but that is dependent on the snowfield.

 

But I agree. Fly into PDX, if hood is open, hit it.
 

post #45 of 49

On November 18-19 you will need to be 95th+ percentile lucky to get quality skiing anywhere.  Don't even think about booking a flight to Seattle, Portland, Spokane in advance because you will not know until just a few days before who will be open and with how much snow.  You might want to tack another day on to the trip to allow for potential drive time.  And you should be thinking about non-ski tourism options for those days because that's probably what you will end up doing.  You may get a WROD somewhere that would be worth only one (partial) day of your time.

post #46 of 49

 

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You may get a WROD somewhere that would be worth only one (partial) day of your time.

 

We actually don't get a lot of WROD in the northwest because there's very little snow making.  So usually the ski areas will be at least 50% open, if not more, with fairly decent coverage right from opening day.  Last year, as has been mentioned, was an anomaly with tons of early season snow.  Places were at 100% open by opening day or the following weekend.

 

So *if* the places are open, and that's a big if, the skiing should be ok as long as it hasn't been rained on.

post #47 of 49

Aday2Remember, 

 

I feel your plight as mine will be similar and I HAVE to ski. I'll be in Tri-Cities over Thanksgiving to not only celebrate the holiday but to do wedding planning which will mainly happen on Tuesday and Wednesday. I have penciled in Friday the 26th of November to get a day in and I have promised to be a very good boy so we can go skiing. I'm personally hoping to do either White Pass or Bluewood since they are closest, perhaps Anthony Lakes could come into play as well. I've been doing quite a bit of searching but all three of these places may be open over T-giving but the week before appears to be really doubtful. Unfortunately we fly out on Saturday AM because of the ticket price difference over Sunday so Saturday is out for skiing. It sounds like all 3 can be open by that time of year but there are times when they don't open until the middle of December. 

 

I just want to get a day in while up there. 

post #48 of 49

The only local WROD I can think of is Mission Ridge. They beefed up their snowmaking a few year ago. So if both precip & temps are low, they can get ahead of the game. Certainly can provide a few hours of amusement.

post #49 of 49

Just hang loose and see where the snow is-I grew up south of Spokane (Pullman) and we would often drive down to Bend over Thanksgiving and ski Bacheleor-not sure if they still open early but 20 years ago, it was pretty common for them to have the best early snow  (except maybe MT. Baker) in the PNW

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