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January 10th, 2008


kushali
05:33 pm - Checking DIN Settings
I got some new skis this year and the bindings seem to be set really high (I can barely pop myself out of them). Does anyone know where I can look up what the setting should be? Does it very by binding type? I'm hesitant to push my new gear until I know that the skis will come off when I fall.
Current Mood: curiouscurious

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agate456
12:12 pm - Stevens trip report - 1/9/2008
Headed up to Stevens Pass yesterday for a day of phenomenal skiing with 10" of fresh that was quite a bit lighter than the normal Cascade Concrete, just like the rest of this season has been. Spent quite a bit of time in the trees on the backside, and actually bothered to go up to Seventh Heaven this time. Coverage is awesome all around, except for the stupid steep areas above Tye Bowl and Schim's Meadow, and there are still a few boulders sticking out in Big Chief Bowl and Lower Rock Garden simply because the snowpack hasn't settled in around them yet.



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You know, since nobody else is posting in this community, I just have to ask: Is anybody else having a good season so far? (Sorry ocicat and jonwa. I took some good face shots just for you guys yesterday...)
Current Mood: busybusy

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December 20th, 2007


ocicat
06:03 pm - omg snow!
Went night skiing at Snoqualmie pass last night. It was dumping buckets of fluffy snow the whole time. The skiing was great (though West is really deadly dull) and there was enough powder in spots to get buried up to your neck in.

We were there for about 2 1/2 hours. When we got back to the car, there was about 2 1/2 inches of new snow on it. 8-D

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December 18th, 2007


agate456
09:40 pm - Crystal Mountain Trip Report
Headed down to Crystal today, and I have only one thing to say: Oh my god, the snow.

I was dumping the entire time that we were down there, and the by 10am the groomed runs looked like they hadn't been touched in a week. The snow was so deep that we were actually worried about getting stuck on Skid Road, heading back into the base area. Every run had between 8-12" of powder on it.

Of course, with all that snow coming down, the visibility was pretty crappy, and the wind was blowing enough that there was a wind hold on High Campbell most of the day, Green Valley from 2pm on, and they were running REX at half speed (or less) all day.

They seemed to have pretty good coverage all around, although there were definitely some rocks here and there uncovered by the wind, and the big face runs like Sunnyside and Bear Pits were more than a little iffy. Basically, if it keeps snowing like this for the rest of the week, they'll have awesome coverage by Christmas, and for opening the new Northway lift on the 22nd.

No pics from today, maybe next time. Wouldn't have been able to see anything, anyway.

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December 16th, 2007


lizzelda
03:15 pm - Powerless at Snoqualmie
We were planning on Stevens this Sunday but instead headed up to Snoqualmie this morning for the first ski of the season. Unfortunately, they lost power. Grrr! We hung about and waited for a few hours, but PSE hadn't even show up by 11 and they didn't get power back until after 2pm. Their snow looked great, nice and powdery. Too bad we didn't get to give it a try ... Did anybody stick around and try it out? Might try to head back up on Thursday morning if it's worth it.
Current Mood: sadsad

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December 14th, 2007


agate456
07:57 pm - It's really scary....
....when the weather people start writing poetry in their forecasts:

MOUNTAIN WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE OLYMPICS WASHINGTON CASCADES
AND MT HOOD AREA
NORTHWEST WEATHER AND AVALANCHE CENTER SEATTLE WASHINGTON
130 PM PST FRI DEC 14 2007


WEATHER SYNOPSIS FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

On the 14th of December, the snow appeared to me—
Shallow overall with a low to moderate instability.
Late on the 14th of Dec, the snowpack seemed to be—
Ripe with weakness over something old and very crusty.
On the 15th of December, the weather gave to me—
Increasing snow and winds and considerable instability.
On the 16th of December, the snow appeared to be—
Heavily loaded and trending toward high instability.


Of course, with how it's supposed to be this weekend, maybe that's a good sign. :)
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Tool - Sober

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ocicat
02:51 pm - Snoqualmie Summit opens Saturday
Just with Summit West, but still. They got four inches of new snow yesterday, and more coming tonight.

Here's Their announcement and details.

kushali and I should be heading up there to check it out tomorrow. Snoqualmie may not be the best ski area, but for me it's by far the closest, so I'm excited. And we'll both be trying out new skis for the first time!

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December 13th, 2007


agate456
10:30 pm - Anybody interested?
Thinking about making a run down to Crystal on Tuesday, as the free passes from Warren Miller won't be good again until Tuesdays in March, and I doubt we'll be able to use them then. If anybody else is interested in coming, I believe that we have 2 extra passes, and if you don't mind sitting in the back seat of a truck, room for one (two if you're *really* desperate) person.

This weekend is looking really good for snow, so it should be a good day.
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: MC 900 Foot Jesus - O-Zone

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December 11th, 2007


bebopboy
05:19 pm - shot in the dark?
This community is a good idea --> Ride share.

I don't have anything to report from last weekend as I went biking on the middle fork instead of making the haul to Baker, but two weeks ago Baker was awesome. Obviously they need more snow, but what they had was delicious and sugary.

Anyway, does anyone know a place that definitely has Garmont Adrenalin's in stock in a shell size 28?

I want to spend my money, tell me where!

I've checked:
Second Ascent
Feathered Friends
Pro Ski Service

Other ideas? REI doesn't have them on their website, do they carry more models of AT boots in store?

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agate456
04:00 pm - Skiing report - Stevens Pass 12/7
katieimp and I headed up to Stevens on Friday, and while some runs are obviously in need of a lot more snow before they can be opened (several had open streams running down them due to the rain last week, and Double Diamond looked like a small forest still) the snow on the groomed runs was pretty good. They only had Hogsback, Skyline, Daisy, and Brooks open, but I do believe that they opened Tye Mill and Big Chief for the weekend. I would guess that if we get the big dump later this week that they've been talking about, that the backside and upper mountain will be open soon.

Here's a couple pictures and a short movie for you, too. They probably would've been better if she hadn't been running from the camera. ;)



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