Yup. Planning an exploratory tour up into the upper basin at Mission tomorrow. 13 inches were reported last night with another 6 expected tonight into tomorrow. Not sure if they will spin lifts on Saturday, or wait for Thanksgiving. Either way, my season should start tomorrow.
Pretty good start out here. A handful of areas are open in both WA & OR. There's been some snow, but we've also seen a lot of wind. Based on the Snotel data, some areas are well below normal while others are well above normal. It's been hit or miss. Rock boards are most certainly the tool of choice. This week could bring some snow across the region. It's hard to say as we are still a couple of days out, but Tuesday through Saturday look pretty good for at least some snow.
I binged at the Ridge this weekend. Great conditions in the snowmaking areas with a deteriorating mixed bag elsewhere. 3 of 4 lifts with a fairly light crowd. Mostly fanatics... the elitist snow-snob types don't show-up until January around here.
We've been inverted for the past week... still pretty cold up high, with not a breath of wind. The views have been amazing.
From the top of Tumwater2 @6k. Midground is Bowl 5. Background is a sweet view of the inversion.
Natural snow view @ 5.5K. Still pretty boney. Rode well on Friday... bit less enjoyable today.
The active pattern continues in the PNW. We were under a WInter Storm Warning for 4 of the past 6 days. The Northern zones have been the primary beneficiaries so far. 22 inches this week (14 last night) on the East side, with even more impressive numbers as you move North and West. That said, the snowpack is still a bit thin is some areas.
Back yard shots from Monday
It's looking good for the upcoming week also. A brief warm up early with snow levels jumping up over 6k, but continued cold and snowy with the exception of Tuesday.
Continuing to binge at the Ridge. Mother Nature and Ullr... as we all know can both be a bit fickle. Good fortune is often short lived.
In between storms....Sweet view from Friday
Looking down Johnson's on Friday. @5.5k... still a bit of salad popping through to the skiers left.
Lots of good snow across the Mtn
I'm headed East for work and Family on the 17th... hopefully I'll bring some cold and snow from the PNW.
I'm guessing the pack can be quite a bit different from Stevens to Mission but it sure sounds interesting up there on Stevens right now. Skier took a 200 foot ride through what looks like a fairly heavily treed area, yikes! He is lucky that he didn't get smashed in there.
Right on. It's very unstable in general across the region now... loads of snow yesterday, a bunch of rain this morning. The control work in the ski area produced some very impressive slides yesterday. I would not even tip toe outside of any uncontrolled areas over the next several days.