Whistler is opening early for the 2012-13 season on Sat., Nov. 17th. Skiers and riders can catch the 1st chair @ 830 a.m.
With everyone all amped up for their home mountain’s opening (wherever that may be located), I thought I would look through the video files from last season at Snoqualmie Pass, to see what I could come up for an added stoke to the fire. After a couple days of sorting clips, this is what I came up with… Lots of powder, lots of great friends shralpin’ it, and some wicked dubstep provided to us by We Bang and Natty Freq. It’s droppin’ now, so sit back and click play, because full on Winter’s not too far away!
This is turning out to be an exciting week for skiers and boarders. Heavenly and Northstar in California are also opening early for the 2012-13 season this Wed., Nov. 14, two days ahead of Squaw Valley and Kirkwood’s early opening on the 16th. Over in UT, Snowbird, after receiving 19″ in the last 48hrs, announced they will open early this Thursday, Nov. 15. Alta had previously scheduled their opening for Friday, Nov. 16 and it looks like they’re on track to do so. Check for other resorts opening this week as scheduled in our earlier post.
Squaw Valley will be opening early for the 2012-13 winter season on Friday, November 16. Turns out the latest set of storms and their snowmaking have given them enough coverage to run a bunch of lifts. To start, skiers and boarders will be able to ride the Exhibition, Red Dog, Resort at Squaw Creek and FirstVenture lifts. The mountain operations teams are currently working on getting some of the upper mountain open before Thanksgiving including sections of Gold Coast, Mountain Run and possibly even down into the Shirley Lake area. Alpine Meadows also got a good dose of snow and while they didn’t announce an opening date yet, they’re saying they “will undoubtedly open earlier than our original opening date of December 7, 2012″.
The other big news coming from Squaw is: Gold and Silver Season Passholders Can Now Ski & Ride Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort! This benefit applies to all 2012-13 Gold and Silver Tahoe Super Pass holders, regardless of when the pass was purchased. If you haven’t purchased your 2012-13 pass as of yet, they’ve extended existing pricing through December 7, 2012. Remember, too, that Gold Tahoe Super Pass holders can also ski the other Mountain Collective resorts for 50% off the published one day ticket rate: that’s 50% off of Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, and Jackson Hole all season long. Wow, Squaw Valley, that’s Sweeeet!
Washington’s Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort has announced it’ll open on Fri., 11/23 – perfect timing for folks wanting to work off the turkey day calories. Located on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains, this resort is well known in WA for its sunshine (>300 days of sun) and drier snow. They typically don’t get as much snow as the resorts on the western slopes of the Cascades so they have 66 acres of snowmaking to help them along, more than any other area in the state. Mission Ridge has over 2,000 acres and 2,250 ft of vertical. We love that they’re only 12 miles from Wenatchee and about 30 min. from Leavenworth too. Check out this video from last May with our good friend Obadiah Ehly who rode the snow train from his home in Sandpoint, ID to Wenatchee, WA for a non-lift served day at Mission Ridge.
Looks like every resort in the U.S. Rockies is getting walloped from this latest storm. But today (so far as we can tell), Alta is the King of Snow. As of 10am this morning, Alta Ski Area received 24″ of new snow in the last 24 hours (17″ in the last 12 hours). The storm total is 4 feet! And counting… Alta is forecasted to receive 4-8″ more. The settled mid-mountain base is currently: 43 fantastic inches. The storms have been good to Alta – they’ve already received 64″ of snow and the season hasn’t even started. Please be aware that Alta is currently closed to all on mountain uphill traffic. But the wait is just about over because they’re scheduled to open this Friday, November 16th. Adjacent Snowbird is about neck to neck with Alta and their mid-mountain base is reported to be at 44″. They’re scheduled to open on Saturday, Nov. 17th. Check for additional opening dates for resorts in our earlier post.
UPDATE SUN. 11/11/12: The National Weather Service has upped its forecast for total snow accumulations at local mountain passes from tonight’s storm: 6-9 INCHES AT STEVENS PASS, SNOQUALMIE PASS AND WHITE PASS. 8-16 INCHES ON THE NORTH CASCADES HIGHWAY, CHINOOK PASS, MOUNT BAKER, AND PARADISE AND SUNRISE IN MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK.
ORIGINAL POST: A potent pacific frontal system is approaching the Pacific Northwest and will impact Washington and Oregon. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow which is in effect from 1pm Sunday to Noon pst Monday above 2500 ft. All mountain passes will be affected including Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass, White Pass, as well as Mount Baker, Mount Rainier.
* TIMING: SNOW WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. INTENSITY WILL PEAK ON SUNDAY EVENING…THEN TAPER OFF AROUND MID-DAY MONDAY.
* ACCUMULATIONS: 4 TO 8 IN. IN THE PASSES. 8 TO 16 IN. AT MOUNT BAKER AND PARADISE, MOUNT RAINIER. A PERIOD OF FREEZING RAIN IS POSSIBLE IN THE PASSES LATE SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING.
* SNOW LEVEL: NEAR 2500 FT AT THE ONSET OF PRECIPITATION ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. SNOW LEVEL WILL RISE TO NEAR 4000 FT ON MONDAY MORNING.
NOAA alerted us to a major winter storm impacting the Northern Rockies. Looks like Big Sky and Bridger Bowl, Montana are getting the goods from this one. As of this writing after midnight on 11/10, Big Sky is reporting 12-18″ new and they’re scheduled to open on Thanksgiving Day 11/22. Bridger Bowl is scheduled to open on 12/7/12. They aren’t reporting yet but the slopes are looking nice and white on their webcams.
This Right on Brothers movie, Livin’ Tiny: A Quest for Powder might just be my very favorite movie of the year for too many reasons to list, but here are couple. First, this is by a group of powder hounds we happen to know and have shared some very memorable moments with. Second, their passion has led them on an unique adventure that started with a dream of Black Diamond skier, Zack Giffin, and a flat bed trailer. Third, Zack, a Colorado transplant, has made Mt. Baker his home for the past 8+ winters because of three things we keep telling folks about (but if they’ve never experienced it, they think we’re full of it): “huge amounts of snow every year, combined with terrain that gives you the opportunity to get as radical as you want every run, and possibly most important, a coastal maritime snow pack that sticks to steep angles, pows out landings and makes accurate avalanche forecasting much more possible”. Oh wait… One more reason, it’s FREE right here / right now… Powder to the People! The movie is narrated by Zack’s closest ski partner, Molly Baker, not only can she write/narrate, but man can she rip the hell out of a gnarly chute that the average bad ass wouldn’t even think of dropping into. The movie was filmed and edited up by his brother Sam Giffin, who slashes the big lines the same way he slashes the edit timeline… Either type of slashing, the end result is the same: beautiful mountain art left behind. Our type of family movie… A MUST see! This video is 20 minutes long, so if you can watch it on your big screen (or lap top), do so! Before you click play, be sure to grab a brew, friends, popcorn and start your weekend off right w/ Right on Brothers.
Below is their epic powder quest adventure… Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
SnowRiders 4th Annual Winter Kickoff Party & Urban Sessions happens next Saturday, November 17th, @ 8PM in Boston, MA. This is one big event and party you won’t want to miss (21+ unless you’re competing). About 1000 people attended last year and this year’s going to be bigger with a massive ski & snowboard rail jam. They’ve invited >50 competitors already. So plan on getting to Who’s On First? at 19 Yawkey Way early and you could score a FREE Mount Snow Lift Ticket (first 700 people). They will be giving away over $50k in lift tickets, gear, & apparel. Live music by Camden, High Life & Bad Magician. Competitors stand to win $3500 in cash + boards, skis, and more. Get tickets in advance @ http://www.wkp.eventbrite.com/.