I love to ski. Thanks Blaine Horner for this video of Crystal and all the snow of December. It’s been a big month. By the looks of it, we may be backing off the freshies in the next few days. The skies might actually clear this weekend. But for the powder of last week, it was pretty epic. After controlling Brand X last Friday, Blaine and I skied out 5 Trees (a little slot through the trees to the left of the main chute) and he caught some footage of me skiing. It was pretty darn good, I have to admit.
I love a good dump.
With the upper mountain on wind hold today and a foot and a half of new snow, tomorrow could be a good day of skiing. Or is that too much of an understatement?
Here’s a photo of the snow stake at my apartment in Employee Housing. I cleared this off last night. It started snowing in earnest this morning and hasn’t quit. Most of the morning it was snowing 10-year-olds.
Unfortunately the wind is still nuking (that’s a technical term for high) with gusts in the 80s and averages in the 50s. Named hurricanes have weaker winds.
The radar still shows more moisture headed this way, so we might not have seen the last of the snow. One thing I know for sure: there’s no problem in the world that more snow can’t fix.
All Quiet on the Rainer Express
It’s been a wild 24 hours here at Crystal. According to the telemetry, we’ve picked up 3.7 inches of water in the last 24 hours and most of that fell as snow above the base area. John and I drove in a snowcat this afternoon up to the Campbell Basin Lodge and found 36″ of new snow. The snow was quite dense–great for base building, but not necessary for skiing. Now, the temperature and wind have spiked again. It’s raining in the base and gusting to 100mph at the Summit. The power was out for a while but has come back on.
We call it the Four Ws: Wild, wet, windy and wacky. It’s the perfect Cascade storm. My fingers are crossed that we wake to cooler temps by morning.
If anyone is wondering when to come skiing, my bet is on Friday. Temperatures are supposed to cool tomorrow and another storm is set to arrive on Thursday. Friday provides a break between systems, so I’ll see you on the slopes. And a much improved slope it will be–this snow has already packed in around the rocks and creeks. We’ll be up to full operations in no time.