By Jaime Cary
Mountain to Sound Outfitters
After an unseasonably warm and dry start to the season, the white flakes have begun to fall. The jet stream is set up for dump after dump. Another system will move in Tuesday, December 11th in the evening to deliver more snow, followed by another front on Thursday night, the 13th. The freezing level is predicted to drop to 3000 feet with each storm, and PowderChasers.com is predicting 5 feet to fall at the end of this week.
So put some wax on your skis and pull them out of the closet!
With 7 inches of new snow, Crystal Mountain has opened the Green Valley lift, and will be opening more terrain as snow accumulates. Stevens Pass and Mt. Baker will be opening Wednesday the 12th. Stevens Pass hopes to have four lifts running: Hogsback, Daisy, Skyline and Brooks. With 6 inches of new snow, it should be a great opening. Mt. Baker is boasting 12 inches in the past 24 hours, and hopes to have both Heather Meadows and White Salmon open by Friday the 14th. Summit West at Snoqualamie will be opening on Friday the 14th, with 11 inches in the past 48 hours.
Even with the new snow the base is shallow, so if you go beware of rocks. If you happen to core shot your skis, Mountain to Sound Outfitters does repairs. Bring your skis on by to get them ready for the next powder day.
Here are links to local ski areas so you can visit their sites for the most up to date information. If you had a great day on the mountain, come by Mountain to Sound Outfitters and let us know how your trip was or feel free to post in the comment section.
Make sure you check the WSDOT Pass Reports for driving conditions.