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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-16-2011, 03:01 PM
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gonna be raining everywhere in Wa. best bet is stevens for lots of groomers.. .02


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Well it didn't rain on Sunday at Baker, but *DAMN* it was totally socked in at times. Because I didn't know my way around and the signage is limited (=non-existent), I spent most of the day lapping chair 8 and 5 around White Salmon lodge. Fun hill. There was ~1-2" of fresh over dense packed base. Reminded me of spring snow back east; you could get a good edge in, but it was treacherous when the fog was so thick, you couldn't get any sense where the terrain was taking you. I about broke my neck 2-3 times before I gave up ~2pm.

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Now off to Stevens tomorrow.
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Snoqulamie looked about the same on Sunday, except there was rain at the base, and snow on top. Baker was probably the better choice there. Have fun at Stevens! It's a good resort.

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it was treacherous when the fog was so thick, you couldn't get any sense where the terrain was taking you. I about broke my neck 2-3 times before I gave up ~2pm.
That is often the complaint and many times the first aid hut reality of tourists when the vis is bad. 5 and 8 groomers are the things to do if snow bad and vis is poor especially being a tourist. Hopefully next time you will get better snow conditions.


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No worries... I hope to be back in Jan (work allowing). Stevens was good today... well any day riding instead of working is a good day.

I was skeptical driving up through the rain, but right around 3000 ft. elevation it turned to snow. It was quite windy, especially up on top of Tye Mill, but the conditions were good right up until late afternoon, when the combination of scraped off surface, flat light, and icy patches took some of the fun out. The back side was closed

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