Having based out of Snoqualmie Pass, WA for the past 15+ years, I have often found myself lift served skiing right at home, over the Thanksgiving weekend. That being said, once Thanksgiving passes, everyone starts to freak out if the Summit isn’t loading lifts. However, truth be know that our “life long” average opening date is Pearl Harbor Day (12/7). Today is day number one, when I start to become uneasy, but not too badly, having recorded the snow for the Summit almost my entire time up here. Studying the snowfall for the Summit at Snoqualmie, I have learned we become one of the deepest snowpacks in N.America not too far into Winter, which also provides as a great home base for our year round skiing. Below is a little compilation of what I’d like to be riding right here at home…
The deep annual snowpack the Summit at Snoqualmie receives, also provides for a “lift served” season that usually extends until Cinco de Mayo (May 5th). Being a year round PNW skier on the move often, I look forward to staying close to home through the holidays, but knowing it WILL come in due time (and the forecast this week is quite weak), I’m thinking of packing up and heading East to chase a little cold pow.
The target could possibly be Whitefish, MT. Knowing they just started loading lifts this past Saturday and hearing good reports from some of my local friends about the 30 something runs open (including a new chairlift and t-bar!). I sure love BIG Mountain, now known as Whitefish Mountain Resort and the REAL ski vibe if offers, not to mention the kick ass terrain, super chill mountain folk, and SMALL lift lines. The last item on my list (small lift lines) would be the main reason I’d rather drive 10 hours East, than 11 to 15 hours to the SE (that and the fact Connor O’Neil and Nathan Powell will be my personal POWDER shred guides at Whitefish).
(below) Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Summit House/Glacier N.P as seen opening day
photo credit / Green Kat Photography
(below) Ian getting the goods at Whitefish Mountain Resort opening day – photo credit / Green Kat Photography
below is a look at Whitefish earlier today… Thinking the 5 to 10 inches of warm moisture rolling through the PNW this week, might land in MT as cold POW, right as I do