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  1. #1176
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    Quote Originally Posted by pipedream View Post
    If Jack has his way this spring, there might be a golden opportunity down Schlucht w/ a high-marking contest up the other side of E-Bowl, too...
    Those days are gone
    I have a responsibility to not be intimidated and bullied by low life losers who abuse what little power is granted to them as ski patrollers.

  2. #1177
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    Had a throwback day at Stevens - got to the mountain at 8:50 am, parked 2 rows back from the stairs, 8" new snow in the lot, 0 lift line at 9:05, boot top dry powder over a firm base, knee deep if you found where the wind blew it. Skied hard all morning and bailed at 1 pm when work started to sound more important than powder. Low angle and a light touch was the name of the game... steeps aren't holding the snow. 2 laps out in a low angle zone rewarded face shots and the floatiest turns of the day..

  3. #1178
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    Very nice.

  4. #1179
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    much the same situation a few miles south, low angle was so fluffy dense while steep was blue ice to puff pile.
    bF
    Alpental Indigenous

  5. #1180
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leavenworth Skier View Post
    Had a throwback day at Stevens - got to the mountain at 8:50 am, parked 2 rows back from the stairs, 8" new snow in the lot, 0 lift line at 9:05, boot top dry powder over a firm base, knee deep if you found where the wind blew it. Skied hard all morning and bailed at 1 pm when work started to sound more important than powder. Low angle and a light touch was the name of the game... steeps aren't holding the snow. 2 laps out in a low angle zone rewarded face shots and the floatiest turns of the day..
    Can confirm; upper Big Chief lift line is a disaster, lower Big Chief lift line is faceshots (was at 5pm anyway). Park is back to its usual (slow) speed, but the knuckles are soft. Knees decided it was time for hot chocolate.

  6. #1181
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    Golf course rode alright beneath the lights. Cold now, looks real cold next week
    "Pay your nickel and take your chances"
    "they don't groom Alpental, they just move shit around."

  7. #1182
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    A friend invited me to ride Mt Baker this weekend. Is it worth it for this storm? I have been starved for pow in Tahoe.

  8. #1183
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    Quote Originally Posted by deciblast View Post
    A friend invited me to ride Mt Baker this weekend. Is it worth it for this storm? I have been starved for pow in Tahoe.
    I'd ski Stevens or Alpental, this storm track is not going to favor Mt. Baker nearly as much.

  9. #1184
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  10. #1185
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    Got a little bit of everything at Baker for LBS weekend, rain, pow, and sun. Hell of a time as always.

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  11. #1186
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monoteleskier View Post
    Got a little bit of everything at Baker for LBS weekend, rain, pow, and sun. Hell of a time as always.

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    Heading to Crystal this weekend. Any advice about good spots to hit earlier/later in the day? How stable has the snow back been on steeper aspects?


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  12. #1187
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdt854 View Post
    Heading to Crystal this weekend. Any advice about good spots to hit earlier/later in the day? How stable has the snow back been on steeper aspects?


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    We actually hit Crystal on the way to Baker, off-piste steeps were pretty chunky, gondola laps were fun. A Washingtonian will be able to answer your questions much better than I.

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  13. #1188
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdt854 View Post
    Heading to Crystal this weekend. Any advice about good spots to hit earlier/later in the day? How stable has the snow back been on steeper aspects?


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    It's been a funky year. What's good one day might not be the next. Probably best to just ask someone the day you arrive.
    And if you're going out one of the big-boy gates the ski patrol is usually happy to answer any questions.

  14. #1189
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    Anyone going to be around Stevens this weekend or early next week?

  15. #1190
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
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    Yeeeeaah. Stevens is gonna be deep!

  16. #1191
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    Quote Originally Posted by pipedream View Post
    Aside from maybe the Canyon, I can't think of anything steep that gets groomed regularly at your cul-de-sac...
    That's because the winch cat runs kill people up here. They all end in huge rollers.

  17. #1192
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeardedClam View Post
    That's because the winch cat runs kill people up here. They all end in huge rollers.
    One of those almost killed my friend. According to his recollection, one minute he was going downhill fast on smooth "machine groomed" terrain, the next he was in the ICU in Bellingham. He doesn't remember a second of the flight for life...
    "Pay your nickel and take your chances"
    "they don't groom Alpental, they just move shit around."

  18. #1193
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeardedClam View Post
    Yeeeeaah. Stevens is gonna be deep!
    542 and 410 might be the only roads that stay open this weekend...

  19. #1194
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    Quote Originally Posted by ridinshockgun View Post
    542 and 410 might be the only roads that stay open this weekend...
    Blasphemy

  20. #1195
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    Quote Originally Posted by CelebratedSkier View Post
    Blasphemy
    I90 currently - chains required on all vehicles - including 4WD
    Quote Originally Posted by Downbound Train View Post
    And there will come a day when our ancestors look back...........

  21. #1196
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNWbrit View Post
    I90 currently - chains required on all vehicles - including 4WD
    I think that's just a way to keep everyone from even trying. I wonder if WSP is out there turning around Subarus with blizzaks for not chaining up.

  22. #1197
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    Quote Originally Posted by ridinshockgun View Post
    I think that's just a way to keep everyone from even trying. I wonder if WSP is out there turning around Subarus with blizzaks for not chaining up.
    I've seen them do this.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Downbound Train View Post
    And there will come a day when our ancestors look back...........

  23. #1198
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    Windy Hill lives up to its name these next few days...

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  24. #1199
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    Don't say you weren't warned

    Quote Originally Posted by BROAA
    URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
    National Weather Service Seattle WA
    1043 AM PST Fri Feb 16 2018

    WAZ567>569-170600-
    /O.UPG.KSEW.WS.A.0005.180217T1200Z-180218T1200Z/
    /O.NEW.KSEW.WS.W.0005.180217T0800Z-180218T1400Z/
    /O.CON.KSEW.WW.Y.0012.000000T0000Z-180217T0300Z/
    Cascades of Whatcom and Skagit Counties-
    Cascades of Snohomish and King Counties-
    Cascades of Pierce and Lewis Counties-
    Including Deming, Mount Baker Ski Area, Newhalem, Stevens Pass,
    Skykomish, Snoqualmie Pass, Ashford, Packwood, Randle, Paradise,
    Longmire, and Crystal Mountain Ski Area
    1043 AM PST Fri Feb 16 2018

    ...WINTER GONGSHOW WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM PST SUNDAY ABOVE 1000 FEET...

    * WHAT...Heavy traffic expected above 1000 feet. Spinouts occurring above 2000 feet. Plan on difficult travel conditions. 3 to 7 beers of delay expected for the rest of today. From late tonight through Saturday night, 15 to 30 minute lift lines expected.

    * WHERE...West Slopes of the Cascade Mountains above 1000 feet, including Mount Baker, Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie Pass, Mount Rainier, Crystal Mountain, and White Pass.

    * WHEN...For the Winter Gongshow Warning, from midnight tonight to 6 AM PST Sunday. Heaviest kookage will occur during the day on Saturday.

    * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Heavy snow and wind will also set the stage for elevated backcountry idiocy.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A Winter Gongshow Warning means rad winter weather conditions are expected. If you must shred, keep an extra pair of goggles, edibles and frosty beverages in your vehicle in case of getting totally pitted. The latest road conditions for the state in which you are calling from can be obtained by calling 4 2 0.

    $$
    EDIT: Updated for LVS
    Last edited by pipedream; 02-16-2018 at 01:49 PM.
    "Pay your nickel and take your chances"
    "they don't groom Alpental, they just move shit around."

  25. #1200
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    Quote Originally Posted by pipedream View Post
    Don't say you weren't warned
    you forgot about the presidents day lift lines that will stretch all the way to the highway.

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