Pacific NW/AK/BC 2018/19 Inland PNW (Wa.- No.Idaho -No Mt.)

Discussion in 'General Resort Discussion' started by Pete in Idaho, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Posaune

    Posaune sliding Skier

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2016
    Posts:
    550
    Location:
    Bellingham
    Well, we're now on our road trip to the region. Oh, well, we'll have fun anyway. 49* N on Sunday, forecast is for some snow and high winds. I'm worried that there seems to be a lot of warmth in the atmosphere and rain could be part of the mix too. If I wanted that I could have stayed home! We may have to improvise.
     
  2. Bad Bob

    Bad Bob old n' slow Skier

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2015
    Posts:
    1,555
    Location:
    Home with 'Children of the Sun' in the PNW
    Good luck on the snow, and good times on the trip. When at a loss for snow there are always hot springs and vineyards.
     
  3. Thread Starter
    TS
    Pete in Idaho

    Pete in Idaho Out on the slopes Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2015
    Posts:
    735
    Location:
    St. Maries - Northern Idaho
    Posaune, I think it is going to be ok and maybe good. Cooling down a bit. Call me Mon night for sure and I can help you out a little on Silver lift tic prices for Tue.
     
    Posaune likes this.
  4. Daves not here

    Daves not here Getting on the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2015
    Posts:
    322
    Location:
    Coeur d Alene, Idaho
    F45A0474-9A97-42A6-B8C0-E4F2FC595FF6.jpeg 408702AC-18FC-4D1B-A0CB-E38FBEFF9931.jpeg Nice day at Schweitzer today. More snow coming tomorrow.

    Gotta love the view!
     
  5. Thread Starter
    TS
    Pete in Idaho

    Pete in Idaho Out on the slopes Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2015
    Posts:
    735
    Location:
    St. Maries - Northern Idaho
    Nice pic Dave - no fog
     


  6. Daves not here

    Daves not here Getting on the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2015
    Posts:
    322
    Location:
    Coeur d Alene, Idaho
    Just took the dogs out and we have 3” at my condo which is just below the lodge. Windy. Could be a good day!
     
    Bad Bob likes this.
  7. Posaune

    Posaune sliding Skier

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2016
    Posts:
    550
    Location:
    Bellingham
    Just back to the room after skiing 49* N. for the first time ever. We had a really nice day. 5" of new and the heavy winds forecast for the day were pretty much done by the time we got started. I was pinching myself because this was a Sunday with good conditions in January and the hill seemed EMPTY. While there were quite a number of cars in the parking lot, the place is much bigger in area than I imagined and the people just disappear. No lines. There was fog at the very top of the mountain, but it wasn't particularly thick and it only was on maybe the upper 100' of vertical. Visibility was great otherwise.

    All in all an impressive day. I would give the snow and conditions a B grade. A fun time was had by all.
     
    David Chaus and Bad Bob like this.
  8. Kent

    Kent Skiing the Blues Skier

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2016
    Posts:
    54
    Location:
    Spokane, Washington
    @Posaune Good to hear! I'm sorry I was unable to ski today.
     
  9. Bad Bob

    Bad Bob old n' slow Skier

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2015
    Posts:
    1,555
    Location:
    Home with 'Children of the Sun' in the PNW
    Glad you had a good day on my hill. 49* North claims to be the second largest (by acres) ski area in WA, it is big. Only place I can remember ever waiting in line there has been midway on chair 1.

    Wish I could have been there, but I played at Soldier Mountain which was interesting.
     
  10. slowrider

    slowrider Out on the slopes Skier

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2015
    Posts:
    1,386
    Following thread
     
  11. Thread Starter
    TS
    Pete in Idaho

    Pete in Idaho Out on the slopes Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2015
    Posts:
    735
    Location:
    St. Maries - Northern Idaho
    Ski buds report best day of year at Silver and Lookout. Going tommorrow.
     
    Coomba and Bad Bob like this.
  12. David Chaus

    David Chaus If I am skiing the world is a perfect place. Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2015
    Posts:
    1,978
    Location:
    Stanwood, WA
    I was at Silver on Saturday 12/29, when the winds hit. It was like gale force winds at the top of the gondola, but not an issue at all on Chair 2, though fog was an issue pretty much all day, and freezing fog on goggles made visibility a challenge. Taking the cat track around the top of Chair 2 to Skyway Ridge, the winds suddenly hit like a wall of wind, it was hard to move forward, much easier when dropping down into Centennial/Gold/ Prospector on Chair 4. Skied down to the bottom of Chair 4 once, no wind and perfect visibility, though the coverage was thin.

    Quite dramatic for my first time at Silver. They apparently closed ticket sales around 11am due to wind concerns, Shamora didn’t ski at all and they gave her a voucher for another visit. I left early after skiing 3-4 hours. I wouldn’t mind returning.

    Schweitzer on Sun 12/30 and Monday 12/31, nice bluebird day on Sunday with some fresh snow in the morning. Biggest crowds I have ever seen at Schweitzer, I heard they had 6100 people on the slopes, a record-setting day, but the longest lift line I was in was 5 minutes and the slopes were never crowded, until all the trails converge at the bottom of the front side. A little icy on the bottom of the Outback bowl. I did some twilight (night skiing) and as we were staying in a B and B above the village I was able to ski in and out (the hosts had a headlamp I could borrow to navigate).

    Monday was a groomer-zoomer day. Perfect corduroy on White Lightning, Stiles and JR first thing in the morning, then 4 runs on Lakeview triple all before 10:30am. More fun on the Outback side after that, Australia was good, but Colburn School is still pretty irregular and needs some more snow so they can maybe groom it a couple times to set up for some normal bumps to form. Lines were much shorter than the previous day.

    All in all a fun New Years trip.
     
    Coomba, Pete in Idaho, New2 and 3 others like this.
  13. snowghost

    snowghost spknmike Skier

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2015
    Posts:
    37
    Best day of the year at Silver yesterday.. Pushing knee deep snow most the day and face shots without trying too hard. One of those days to avoid anything not steep.

    I've been noticing quite a bit of flagging in some of the "local stashes" -- probably will be cut/gladed into runs? Wardner/Lower 4 might be a whole lot different in a year or two. I do appreciate the brush cutting and glading I've already come across. A couple of those newly cut glade runs are fantastic.
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2019
    Coomba, Pete in Idaho and New2 like this.
  14. Posaune

    Posaune sliding Skier

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2016
    Posts:
    550
    Location:
    Bellingham
    Just got down the hill from Silver today. We met up with Pete and he showed us around. While yesterday was a big powder day there were lots of yummy leftovers today. Pete was a great guide! He had us all over the mountain. Fun, fun, fun. Thanks Pete!! I'm impressed with Silver Mountain.
     
    Bad Bob, Coomba and New2 like this.
  15. Posaune

    Posaune sliding Skier

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2016
    Posts:
    550
    Location:
    Bellingham
    Moving east on our trip we stopped in Missoula and skied Snowbowl today. The upper mountain was great with some visibility issues for newbies to the area like us, but not too bad. People were friendly, the snow was good, and the beer cold. The only thing this mountain needs is some signs to lead people like us back to the base area. It's really confusing for first timers and we had to ask a friendly ski patrol guy to help us find our way back down since much of the lower mountain is not really skiable due to low coverage with lots of rocks, stumps, and trees in the way. If the lower part of the mountain was covered better this place would be really amazing, but with only one lift with enough coverage it still made for a good day. There is an expansion set for next season with a new lift that will open up a bunch of new terrain.:thumb:

    Next stop (unless we change our minds) is Bridger Bowl.
     
    New2 likes this.
  16. Daves not here

    Daves not here Getting on the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2015
    Posts:
    322
    Location:
    Coeur d Alene, Idaho
    7A8CE85F-7F65-443B-A201-518F58CBFF60.jpeg 372BD0B8-C641-4E0C-9DED-8A215D0579BD.jpeg Bluebird weekend at Schweitzer.
     
    Pete in Idaho and Bad Bob like this.
  17. Sibhusky

    Sibhusky Making fresh tracks Skier

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2016
    Posts:
    2,267
    Location:
    Whitefish
    Whitefish inversion day. Moe-mentum.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2019
  18. Sibhusky

    Sibhusky Making fresh tracks Skier

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2016
    Posts:
    2,267
    Location:
    Whitefish
    More eye candy as the inversion days continued. Top of Langley. Don't get suckered in without looking...

    [​IMG]


    Descending into the mist on Hogan's East
    [​IMG]
     
    Plai likes this.
  19. Thread Starter
    TS
    Pete in Idaho

    Pete in Idaho Out on the slopes Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2015
    Posts:
    735
    Location:
    St. Maries - Northern Idaho
    Skied Lookout Sunday (yesterday) 17 degrees and about 25 mph wind on top of chairs 1, coldest ride up one ever. Fog b lowing in from Montana. Chair 2 was better. Snow hard and some rapple roughness in places but good grooming. ok days brrrr.
     
  20. Thread Starter
    TS
    Pete in Idaho

    Pete in Idaho Out on the slopes Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2015
    Posts:
    735
    Location:
    St. Maries - Northern Idaho
    Skied Silver Wed (yesterday). Off piste absolutely taboo frozen. Runs very hard but skiable (Silver Belt and Sunrise best). Chair 3 bullet proof. Did not even go over to 4.

    My estimation a minimum of 6 inches to heal things up and that won't be enough on the steeps.
     

Share This Page


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice