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First Turns of the Year!


Conditions were sweet in Lower Grubstake

Today I skinned to the top of Crystal in blustery conditions. While it continued to shower elsewhere, we were blocked by Mt. Rainier, and stayed dry most of the day.

Our telemetry reads 14″ in Green Valley, and that felt about right. The wind has blown the snow into a smooth skein of great base-building material.

I only hit a few rocks


All we need now is one more good storm, and we are golden.

My first turns of the season were a bit ginger. I hit a few rocks at the top, but  found some quality snow on Lower Grubstake. As long as I stayed as light as possible, I was okay.

I didn’t have to take my skis off until I was almost all the way to the base area. Not a bad first day of the 2011-12 season.

Bring it on.

First Turns of the Season


Today I skied my first turns of the year. 

The remainder of last night’s moon hung over the untracked bowl like a promise.  After a quick check of the snow depth (a modest two feet in places) I gingerly made my first turn.  And then another.  And then another.  As I skinned up for another lap, I snapped a few photos. 

Crystal Mountain isn’t open yet–we still need more snow down below.  But skiers have arrived nonetheless, earning their turns.  October 27th is my earliest ski day on record.  Let the games begin.