Living in Utah I usually don't get too jealous of other areas snow conditions. Last year there was no where else I would have rather been but right here at home in the Cottonwoods. But I have to admit I am damn jealous of the PNW right now. Utah is pretty dry at the moment. Solitude and Brighton are open but only with a manmade strip of snow. This is not helping my powder addiction one bit. I am starting to go through some serious withdrawals. It's that time of year where its been the longest period of time without having ridden powder. I need to start to get on the summer South American snowboarding trips to help the problem. I think Baker is opening up with more snow than Crested Butte got the entire season I lived there.
Ripped from the Mt. Baker ski report:
IT'S OPENING DAY! Mt. Baker has received a huge amount of snow in the past week to make one of the deepest bases we've ever had this time of year. And the forecast looks great through Saturday, with freezing levels expected to drop to around 1500 ft and the possibly a foot of new snow to fall on Friday. It could be one of the best opening days in years.
We will be in full operation out of both base areas today and Friday from 9:00-3:30 with all charilifts running, but wills till have midweek rates in effect ($39.50 adult ticket, includes tax). Due to the huge amount of snow we've received in the last few days, there will most likely be a delayed opening on Pan Dome this morning to allow significant avalanche control work to be done.
DEEP SNOW WARNING:
Mt. Baker has received over 80 inches of snow in 7 days, so we are issuing a deep snow and tree well alert. RIDE WITH A PARTNER and be aware that the snow is very soft and very deep off the groomed runs. For more information on deep snow and tree well safety, to to www.treewelldeepsnowsafety.com
If anyone is shredding the PNW, drop a comment on how good it is. Road trip anyone?