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Old 11-06-2009, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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fun terrain...short runs...lots of snow. sometimes a bit dense and wet.

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Old 11-11-2009, 11:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a pass at Steven's this year and I'm really getting excited. I've never ridden the Rockies but I have ridden Hood quite a bit and love Steven's almost as much as I love Mt Hood Meadows. The park probably isn't the biggest you've ever seen but it is serviced by its own lift and has small, medium and large features that are well laid out and spaced. We have some pretty steep double blacks, more than one in the 60 degree range which feels downright vertical. The backside of Steven's has some pretty long runs through some nice in-bounds back country feeling untracked areas. There are a lot of nice tree runs if that's your thing. The powder early season and in the spring is a bit wet and heavy but there are some days mid season where its light and fluffy, less so than in the Rockies I'd bet but I can't really compare having never been. The only other real option in my opinion for Seattle riders is Crystal and as far as I remember they don't have a park but they do boast a ton of in bounds back country riding, finally lift serviced. Snoqualmie can be fun, so I hear, but its low elevation and total vertical kind of puts me off and I haven't visited. I hear they have a good park, or several good parks, not really sure.

I'm heading up to Mt. Baker in the morning since Steven's isn't going to be opening this weekend. Looking forward to next weekend when, I'm pretty sure, they'll finally be open.
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Old 11-12-2009, 06:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice! Your description of Stevens sounds to be what I'm lookin for.

Also, I actually woke up this morning and Mt Baker popped into my head. I'm not gonna fly up (nonrev) for the long weekend like I'd planned since I'll be payin for lift tickets, but I'll probably hit Baker Saturday at least... Google maps says just over 2 hrs from bothell. Do you think that's about right...depending on road conditions?
As I stated in the previous post, I did go to Mt. Baker today and from the North Bothell-South Mill Creek area. I left at 5:50 AM and arrived in the parking lot at roughly 8:30. So about 2 hours 40 minutes. I made a couple of quick stops on the way but nothing that took a lot of time. Picked up a hitchhiker who was headed up. She was friendly enough but the smell of weed was all over her. Roads were plowed and sanded and I did not have to chain up my front wheel drive sports car. It was my first trip to Mt. Baker and I loved the terrain they offer but hated their lifts. They do not use detachable high speed quads, they use fixed quads on all of their runs which are a lot slower for some of the really long chairs. Gave me a lot of time to cool off after a good run though.

I'll be posting pics in the Regional NW thread later tonight. If I remember I'll add a link to this post. There's the link...

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Old 11-12-2009, 11:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Snoqualmie can be fun, so I hear, but its low elevation and total vertical kind of puts me off and I haven't visited. I hear they have a good park, or several good parks, not really sure.
really the only reason to go to snoqualmie is to go riding at night after work
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Stevens is pretty legit...
recommend hittin it up at night if you can.
A life changing experience, no joke.
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Old 11-28-2009, 01:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Stevens is pretty legit...
recommend hittin it up at night if you can.
A life changing experience, no joke.
went to stevens last sunday, minus low visibility at times, it was sick
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went to stevens last sunday, minus low visibility at times, it was sick
yep...saturday and monday were pretty sick also. tuesday it all went south.
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Old 12-01-2009, 01:54 AM   #8 (permalink)
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hows the park up there right now? im probably gonna head there thursday, but baker might be calling my name.

you guys know if baker has a park open yet?
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