Mt Ashland, OR February 17, 2019

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Mt Ashland, OR February 17, 2019

Postby tseeb » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:56 am

My previous trip to Ashland three years ago was a PM stop while going S and included a lot of firm snow and a crash that bruised at least one rib and hip. viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12075

This time I stopped on drive N and skied 7” very dry new with 34” reported in the last 7 days. I did not hear until following day that a patroller died after falling into a tree well the previous day after two other patrollers he was skiing with pulled him out and could not revive him. A reminder to be careful. See https://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Ski-P ... 54011.html

I left San Jose at 6:40 AM and with minimal stops and speeds high enough to put my 16 year-old SUV well under the usual 20 mpg, I arrived Ashland about 12:20 PM. It was President’s Day and parking was full, but it was late enough that people were leaving and I scored with a spot 3 spaces from ticket office. I bought $45 half-day ticket that I’m not sure was ever checked and a $6 Snow Park day pass for my dash and was on the hill before 1.

The Ariel chair had a short line and I rode with a local snowboarder who I ended up skiing with all day. He showed me a good line under the Windsor chair that we rode to Ashland’s cloudy 7500’ top. We went past the Cirque (somewhat difficult on a board) and skied untracked down the shoulder past it, then tight trees above the catchline before rejoining mostly groomed run to the bottom. It was good enough that we repeated it 4 more times, sometimes pushing a little farther to the W and staying in the tree to the steep in places catchline. Lines quickly went down to at most a minute.
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Sequoia, the snowboarder from Talent, OR who I skied with all day near top of Mt. Ashland
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We then skied the S side of Ashland back to parking lot. The snow was deep and lightly tracked but somewhat sun affected. We found better snow where trees protected it, then I found a rock on steep untracked pitch that got me almost to end of parking lot. I had to pole backwards for about 30 feet to find a spot where I could come down off 6-8’ bank that was partially burying some vehicles. We hiked back to our cars where we each had sandwich we’d brought and split a beer I had before returning.

We tried to repeat earlier runs past the Cirque, but they’d already been roped off so we were forced into the Cirque for a lap then skied lookers left of the chair once. I had spotted some not totally tracked snow, but think we went too far and missed some of it before coming back and getting a little. Last run started at close to 4 PM and was mostly an Easterly route from top to parking lot. 11 lifts/10.5K vertical

I don’t have time to write up the rest of my week so here’s my summary.
Monday 2/18 Crystal Mtn, WA with Tony Crocker and Larry Schick
I got there ahead of them and took two laps to the top. Highlights included Employee Housing, Bear Pit and a long traverse to a little untracked from one of our two? rides on chair 6. One lap to Northway. 13 lifts (probably under counted due to consecutive lifts/22.4K

Tuesday 2/19 2/20 Crystal Mtn, WA with Tony Crocker and Larry Schick
We stayed on mountain which was busier and more expensive than usual due to Seattle school vacation week. Highlights were Powder Bowl from chair 6 in marginal visibility and Brand X which is W end of Northway. Quit early to drive to Monroe to save ourselves for predicted 8-15” new. 16K

Wednesday 2/20 Stevens Pass, WA with Tony Crocker and David Chaus - 5” new
Storm under-delivered and new snow not deep enough to cover firm layer on very busy mountain. Highlight/lowlight was getting run into by snowboarder in very uncrowded Big Chief Bowl. After some discussion on hill he waited at bottom and wanted to take it into the parking lot which I told him was as illegal as him running into me. Ended day with some good powder below 7th Heaven. 20K

Thursday 2/21 Apex, BC with Tony Crocker
They had 6” previous day and we found a lot of it was very lightly skied. 11 lifts/20.7K
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Re: Mt Ashland, OR February 17, 2019

Postby Sbooker » Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:27 am

Looking forward to reading more reports.
I laughed at the 'taking it to the parking lot' bit. I thought WA was all about coffee, pot and progressive politics but in reality it sounds like the wild west.
Tony C's report of Crystal Mt surprised me a bit. I don't know why but I didn't have it pegged to have the steep terrain that it obviously does.
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Re: Mt Ashland, OR February 17, 2019

Postby baldyskier » Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:30 am

Looks like you about covered the spectrum on the highs and lows of sharing the mountain with snowboarders (my apologies in advance for any snowboarders who may read this).
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Re: Mt Ashland, OR February 17, 2019

Postby jamesdeluxe » Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:51 am

Sbooker wrote:I thought WA was all about coffee, pot and progressive politics but in reality it sounds like the wild west.

Six years ago, my wife was partially clipped by a boarder at low-key Schweitzer and it almost escalated into fisticuffs when he blamed her (she was downhill, virtually standing still) and I intervened. That was our takeaway as well -- "so much for the allegedly mellow (Inland) Northwest."
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Re: Mt Ashland, OR February 17, 2019

Postby Sbooker » Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:16 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote:
Sbooker wrote:I thought WA was all about coffee, pot and progressive politics but in reality it sounds like the wild west.

Six years ago, my wife was partially clipped by a boarder at low-key Schweitzer and it almost escalated into fisticuffs when he blamed her (she was downhill, virtually standing still) and I intervened. That was our takeaway as well -- "so much for the allegedly mellow (Inland) Northwest."


As most on hear would probably know Europe has its own special thing going on - argy bargy lift lines.
The two Tony's can attest that my kids are very small in stature. On a few occasions in January big burly Italians actually pushed my kids over in lift line mayhem.
When I had something to say to one chap he responded (so his credit in my language) - "I'm trying to get to my husband" - pointing to a lady with long blond hair a few feet in front. I'm thinking he meant wife. :-)
It's a special feeling being stuck fast because you have two skis over the front of yours and two over the back. It's a genuine 'WTF' moment.
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Re: Mt Ashland, OR February 17, 2019

Postby jamesdeluxe » Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:49 pm

Sbooker wrote:As most on hear would probably know Europe has its own special thing going on - argy bargy lift lines.

"Argy bargy" is a nice way of putting it, at least during peak periods at popular resorts. That's why I go to weirdo Euro ski areas that no one has heard of.
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Re: Mt Ashland, OR February 17, 2019

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:00 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote:
Sbooker wrote:As most on hear would probably know Europe has its own special thing going on - argy bargy lift lines.

"Argy bargy" is a nice way of putting it, at least during peak periods at popular resorts. That's why I go to weirdo Euro ski areas that no one has heard of.

Big Euro ski areas can be just fine if you avoid the peak Christmas and February school holiday periods. That said, we did have a zoo on our last day at Avoriaz/Chatel.
1) Saturday and close to Geneva
2) 27 inches new snow
3) Half the terrain was closed for avalanche danger.
Nonetheless liftlines were modest after the first hour. The main impact was piste density and tons of irregular moguls on them by the afternoon. We did not encounter any locals with bad attitude.

I moved my answer to sbooker's Crystal question to the Crystal thread.
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Re: Mt Ashland, OR February 17, 2019

Postby jamesdeluxe » Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:35 am

Sbooker wrote:As most on hear would probably know Europe has its own special thing going on - argy bargy lift lines. The two Tony's can attest that my kids are very small in stature. On a few occasions in January big burly Italians actually pushed my kids over in lift line mayhem.

Where were you in January and why didn't you post trip reports? :stir:
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