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Old 02-22-2012, 04:53 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:33 AM   #12 (permalink)
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What you might want to do once you get to Portland is check each resort's weather forecast and decide which one you go to based on that info. Sometimes if it's raining at Hood it's snowing at Bachelor, for example. Bachelor tends to be most crowded on Saturday, so take that into account.
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:30 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I like the looks of that little hill...a 4 hour drive seems reasonable....3 more and we are at Whistler.

I'll most definitely be checking all the forecasts next week leading up to our departure. My buddies "silver preferred" status with United Air expires the day before we f'in leave which = large $$ for our oversized bags. Thinking we just stack the decks in the biggest bag we got and take the $100 hit each way. Bindings in our checked bag and rock some boarding boots on the plane.
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I like the looks of that little hill...a 4 hour drive seems reasonable....3 more and we are at Whistler.

I'll most definitely be checking all the forecasts next week leading up to our departure. My buddies "silver preferred" status with United Air expires the day before we f'in leave which = large $$ for our oversized bags. Thinking we just stack the decks in the biggest bag we got and take the $100 hit each way. Bindings in our checked bag and rock some boarding boots on the plane.
From portland, more like 5-6 to get to the actual hill, without traffic...that why I suggested eve/night...going during the day or hitting rush hour in portland, seattle, or tacoma and you can get screwed.
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To those out around Portland...what're the roads like getting to the mountains if there is some snow coming down? We have secured a Mazda3 hatchback with roofrack for our entire trip so we can do as we please. I know the person whose car we will be using does not have chains, is that something we will need to have on hand just in case?

Just trying to be prepared.
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If ya come up to Baker, bring chains...you probably won't need them if you got good tires...but the past few weeks there have been school buses, vans, trucks and cars that have slid and blocked traffic for quite awhile...quite the klusterF. Idk if Les Schwab Tire stores still do this but they would buy back their chains if they were not used...keep the recipt.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:59 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Hood is my Home Mountain. It's way worthy to hit Timberline for the sake of the beginner, it's easy riding, but with the best terrain parks on Hood. Meadows is Corporate and the lift lines are long, if you're riding through the weekend avoid that hellhole. Skibowl: it's a small Ma and Pa ski area but with the most righteous terrain of all three Hood resorts, just don't go there if it's not full of fresh snow or it's still not worth it.
If you ride Meadows and get over to the HRM (Hood River Meadows) side, I find the lift lines and weather to be night and day different from the main areas off of Mt hood Express,Vista, Cascade, easyrider and daisy. Stay on Shooting star, Hood River express and stadium lifts. You will not regret. Also there is a sick tree run to the left just before forrest Park
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Hood is my Home Mountain. It's way worthy to hit Timberline for the sake of the beginner, it's easy riding, but with the best terrain parks on Hood. Meadows is Corporate and the lift lines are long, if you're riding through the weekend avoid that hellhole. Skibowl: it's a small Ma and Pa ski area but with the most righteous terrain of all three Hood resorts, just don't go there if it's not full of fresh snow or it's still not worth it.
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To those out around Portland...what're the roads like getting to the mountains if there is some snow coming down? We have secured a Mazda3 hatchback with roofrack for our entire trip so we can do as we please. I know the person whose car we will be using does not have chains, is that something we will need to have on hand just in case?

Just trying to be prepared.
You will definitely need chains on a Mazda 3. I had an 06 and an 07 and got stuck without.
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So, it's looking good right now, Snow is falling and it almost always turns out to be a righteous spring. Bachelor is always a great place to go, My favorite riding in Oregon for sure. March will be far-out and likely to be dumping.
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Today was awesome. Fresh powder and cold. Did my advanced avalanche training field trip out of Timberleine today. Got some great powder turns. Looking so much better than last week. If this holds, you are going to hit Mt. Hood just right.
You've just got to have faith in the Spring pattern we've been in for the last few years. The OP is going to see Hood about as good as it gets on Thursday and Friday. Sunday and going into next week might be a little meh.

You riding tomorrow? Lets make some laps.
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