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  1. #1
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    Snow in the PNW 17-18: Dropping!

    It seems this thread needs to get going now. I'm not sure I'm worthy of being the guy to start it, but it's time.

    Went to White Pass today to check out the coverage and make some turns. It doesn't get mentioned much in here, and I'm ok with that. It sucks there, and you should all ski elsewhere.

    Arrived at the top of the pass with the future Mrs. NWS for a nice leisurely 10:30am start time. Coverage looking good. I'll be surprised if they don't fire up the front side chair this Saturday.

    Skinned all the way up to the top of Pigtail peak for some laps on "Outhouse." It rewarded us with some nice boot top hot pow.

    After adding some more tracks to that face we made our way down. Only one stump hit. Not bad.

    The bottom half of the mountain was some of the worst skiing ever. That awesome boot top was mid boot deep, unturnable garbage. Made us truly appreciate how good the top half was. And it wasn't anything special besides being the first turns of the season in the Cascades for us. Bottom half wasn't worthy of pictures.

    Looking forward to a great season with early openers for everyone. Time to get this party started!!!


    Courtesy of pipedream. Here's some links:

    Point forecasts:
    Mt. Baker Ski Area
    Stevens Pass Ski Area
    Summit At Snoqualmie, Alpental
    Crystal Mountain Ski Area
    White Pass Ski Area
    Mission Ridge Ski Area
    Hurricane Ridge Ski Area
    Loup Loup Ski Area

    Backcountry:
    NWAC Avalanche Forecast
    NWAC Mountain Weather Forecast

    Volcanoes:
    Mt. Rainier Recreational Forecast
    Mountain-Forecast.com: Baker, Glacier, Rainier, Adams
    MRNP Twitter (road status, conditions, etc.)

    Webcams:
    Stevens Pass
    Summit + Alpental
    Crystal
    White Pass
    Mission Ridge
    Mt. Rainier NP
    Hurricane Ridge (ONP)

    Getting There:
    WSDOT Pass Reports
    WSDOT Statewide Travel Alerts
    Hurricane Road Twitter (plowing starts 11/24)

    Other:
    NW Radar Loop
    NWAC Hourly Weather Data
    Larry Schick's Powder Alerts
    Cliff Mass Weather Blog
    WA SNOTEL (snow depth, SWE, etc.)
    Last edited by NW_SKIER; 11-13-2017 at 06:48 PM.

  2. #2
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    Word.

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    Snow in the PNW 17-18: Dropping!

    Right on!
    Alpental Indigenous

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    whoop whoop. bring it on!

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    Posting in this very important thread.

    Mumblings of a lot of potential lift movement happening at the moment. I know my skis are waxed in anticipation of some windy hill WROD action next weekend.

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    Linked a few turns at Alpental today, no rain, heavy fog, but still fun.

    My fake service dog needed assistance




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    About time

    #getsome

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    Nice work dude! Hopefully this incoming system will get lift serve going in full swing. After skiing yesterday I'm anxious to get some moar.

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    I got my first turns at Summit West this morning. Shitty snow but fun.

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    i started a thread for this earlier and got bombarded with all these angry pms saying i had to let nwskier do it so i deleted it

  11. #11
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    I have 4 days in, 3 near Snoq Pass, 1 near Blewett. Forecast for later this week looking good, although per NWS discussion there's low confidence re what locations will get the goods

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    Praxis Rx red eye
    bF
    Alpental Indigenous

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIYSteve View Post
    I have 4 days in, 3 near Snoq Pass, 1 near Blewett. Forecast for later this week looking good, although per NWS discussion there's low confidence re what locations will get the goods
    Did you "do it yourself"?

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    1 of the 4 was solo

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    anticipation...

    Move upside and let the man go through...

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    [QUOTE=AK47bp;]Linked a few turns at Alpental today, no rain, heavy fog, but still fun.

    My fake service dog needed assistance



    very considerate of you
    bF
    Alpental Indigenous

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    Pads start going on seats at the Snoqualmonix golf course tomorrow and the forecast is shaping-up...
    "Pay your nickel and take your chances"
    "they don't groom Alpental, they just move shit around."

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    Damn, Mofro is up there.

    I'm so ducking sotked especially sotked for diring some chairlafts. Ski touring was a fad, RIP.

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    dyslexia much? ; )

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipedream View Post
    Pads start going on seats at the Snoqualmonix golf course tomorrow and the forecast is shaping-up...
    We just need one more good solid storm to drop a big load. After that I will drop a big load in excitement.

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    Sometimes avoiding the masses equates to long walks with skis on your pack and finding a shallow snow pack that doesn't equate to much skiing. Thank goodness for a touring buddy like mofro that is just as dumb as you are, and an east face that held all the pow that was missing on the south. Good times.



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    ^^ May have been pushing the season juuuuuust a little bit... Maybe give it a week.

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    Sick line, though.

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    Green valley was entirely fun yesterday

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIYSteve View Post
    I have 4 days in, 3 near Snoq Pass, 1 near Blewett. Forecast for later this week looking good, although per NWS discussion there's low confidence re what locations will get the goods
    Where did you go near Blewett? I'm anxious for some Tromping out in the woods

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