Snowfall in the PNW


  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
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    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 11 December 2017 · 02:37
    Alpental skied great in the weirdo inversion layers.

    In the parking lot at around 3200 ft elevation it was about 23F with slight fog and overcast.

    Up 1200 vertical feet at 4400 there was thick ice fog at 19F.

    Then riding old chair 2 one broke through a layer at about 4800 ft elevationand the temperature changed at least 15F in 200 feet of elevation into sunshine at 45F at 5400.

    What snow they have has been really well groomed ('bashed' for those of the Anglican vernaculars) and despite Alpentals chock full of blocks and rocks the coverage was amazingly well filled in.

    International skied really well, some rocks at the entrance as usual and decently chalky moguls in it's perennial shade. Edelweiss bowl in the sun was starting to suffer from the warmth and sun but skied nice corn warmed up snow. The lower mountain in the fog was bad visibility but decent texture and coverage.

    This high pressure is supposed to abate by Friday with some storms rolling in. Hopefully well get some of those December blasters where all the weenie lightweights stay inside and only the k00ks and freaks are out there raging in the storm filling their tracks, erasing their skifitti.

    (what's a Pagina? see upper left at http://wepowder.com/en/forum/topic/248655?page=2 under "Snowfall in the PNW". Is that why Al Franken got the boot from the Senate?)
    *message edited by Chester_Tartsnatcher op 11 Dec 2017 02:40 (1% bewerkt)
  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
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    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 11 December 2017 · 03:02
    didn't see the link to page 2...

    *message edited by Chester_Tartsnatcher op 11 Dec 2017 03:11 (73% bewerkt)
  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
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    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 15 December 2017 · 17:00
    The PNW overall has been in a snow drought with high pressure dominating the weather.
    Normally, this is the interval of lots of snow here.

    The high pressure is finally breaking down with forecasts for the PNW coastal regions to receive over a meter of snow in the next 5 days.

  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
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    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 15 December 2017 · 23:06
    The elk are coming down out of the mountains today. One can see a larger herd just outside North Bend to the West along SR 202. This is often the sign of a pending storm of significance.
  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
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    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 23 December 2017 · 18:45
    We got another foot (30 cm) of snow around Crystal and more like 2 feet around Alpental.

    The Alpy BC gate opened and rad galore is accessible from chair 2.

    Crystal skied particularly well yesterday off of chair 6 (High Campbell) despite the rock racking traverse. We found loads of knee deep virgin turns at 13:00 on into the afternoon. Not bad for an urban ski area,
    Not much precip in the forecast for the next 3 days, but then there's some chance of more moisture rolling in off the Pacific and more basebuilding just before the New Year.
  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
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    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 27 December 2017 · 20:20
    Santa dropped a few cms of snowy presents.

    Then the freezing level shot up Christmas night, so the 26th as a little crunchy below 5000 ft elevation.

    Alpental skied well in the morning of the 26th with a belt of clouds at midmountain that expanded up and down. By noon it was mostly whiteout. International still has a few rocks on the entrance, as usual, but coverage is good and not too icy with fun moguls.

    Forecast calls for a bit of warming by Friday and some moisture, hopefully after freezing levels have fallen back below the base areas.
  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
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    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 29 December 2017 · 17:19
    Crustal skied pretty well yesterday with groomers in decent shape with a few rocks here and there to spice things up. Offpiste was variable with lower elevation and south exposures having lumpier grabby consolidated chunks. Cut up stuff skied better. All lifts were running including Northway and Chair 6 (High Campbell).

    I'm taking today off due to wildly fluctuating freezing levels that overnight have unloaded 16-20 inches (35-50 cm) of new snow changing to rain around sunrise. Freezing levels are forecast to drop later today which should leave some interesting off piste conditions.
  • mhilberts
    Beginner
    mhilberts op 31 December 2017 · 16:29
    Alpental was interesting on Saturday, The rain on Friday had turned into ice but a couple of inches of fresh Pow has covered it up. Mellower parts were pretty good, but the steeper slopes had all seen avalanche control on them with large boulders of debris turned into ice.
    Crystal and Stevens should be better as they had less rain. Checking out Crystal tomorrow.
    No new snow for the next couple of days as high pressure prevails here in the PNW.
    Next Saturday is our first next small dump. So far La Niña has not really delivered, but I guess I shouldn’t be complaining as we have had some solid snow already.
  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
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    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 1 January 2018 · 14:35
    Crustal it is for us as well today. Happy New Year, let's hope the high pressure abates soon.
  • Chester_Tartsnatcher
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    Chester_Tartsnatcher op 2 January 2018 · 15:33
    The high pressured induced inversion is hitting hard causing melting at altitude in the afternoon. The lower slopes yesterday never really recovered and stayed icy and hard. The upper slopes at Crustal were ratty in the morning but by afternoon had softened into some sweet corn bump skiing. Spring conditions up high!
  • mhilberts
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    mhilberts op 12 January 2018 · 02:32
    I know the alps are getting all the POW right now but we are back in action here in the PNW with a good dump of 60 cm or so. Granted its not champagne powder but hey. We'll have to deal with a weekend of warm dry weather before we move into the next storm cycle. With a base of >3m @ 1500m elevation and another 1-2m of snow in the forecast (at least in my personal wishful thinking forecast) we are in a good place!
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  • mhilberts
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    mhilberts op 15 January 2018 · 06:47
    Crystal and Alpental skied well this weekend despite the rain on snow event and spring conditions. The high temps kept things from becoming icy and there were spots where there was a powderslush sensation to be had. Interesting in a funny way. Decent coverage everywhere although Alpy has way more than Crustal.
    2 more days of heat and we are back into la Nina land for a while. Bring on the POW!.
    @Chester_Tartsnatcher "pagina" means "page". The wepowder boys are so sophisticated they do their website in latin....
  • mhilberts
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    mhilberts op 22 January 2018 · 03:14
    We're catching up here in the PNW. Daily dump and couple more meters in the forecast! LaNina doing her thing.

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