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Western Weather 2017-18

Postby Admin » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:14 pm

I guess with advisories like this, it's time to start a new thread!
https://inws.ncep.noaa.gov/a/a.php?i=16097482
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby Tony Crocker » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:20 pm

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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby EMSC » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:00 pm

Didn't even notice the new season's weather thread till today, lol.

Cold fall. Several snow storms in the mtns so far. Super cold from last night through Tues morning (temps in the teens at altitude).

I expect A-Basin to open later this week. Loveland is much iffier; they refuse to cover a blue trail to start out, which would be dramatically shorter in length and thus much less snow making than the ridiculously long green and flat stuff they open with. So I expect them to get 80% of the way there just as the temps warm up barely too much for more snowmaking and push their opening off by days or even a week+. It's just never made any sense to open the way Loveland does, IMO.

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Even the flatlands have snow today
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:57 pm

And the winner is....
Timberline to open Palmer October 7th for advanced skiers & riders
Timberline is pleased to announce it will be opening Palmer Snowfield on weekends for skiing and snowboarding starting Oct. 7 and 8 (weather permitting). The Palmer Chairlift will operate from 8am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Lift tickets are $61 each and will be available at Guest Services in Timberline’s Wy’East Day Lodge. 2017/2018 Timberline Season Pass holders may use their new pass!

There will be some snow grooming on Palmer for a better experience; however, conditions can change rapidly. Early season snow conditions are extremely variable with the possibility of ice in the mornings and thaw in the afternoon. Skiers and riders are urged to use extreme caution. The Palmer Snowfield is recommended for advanced skiers and riders only.

Stay tuned to the Timberline Lodge Conditions page for future operating times and lift schedule. The operating schedule will be dependent on weather conditions.

Terrain parks are not scheduled to open at this time.

For those not interested in skiing or riding but very interested in seeing the snow at Timberline, come up and enjoy hiking and sightseeing around the lodge (sledding and tubing is not permitted). Many of Timberline’s Mt. Hood restaurants will also be open offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks with a view.

Be advised: Palmer Snowfield conditions are suitable for advanced skiers and riders only.

Be aware and be safe, early season conditions exist.

Purchase your Timberline Season Pass!
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby EMSC » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:17 am

Tony Crocker wrote:There will be some snow grooming on Palmer for a better experience; however, conditions can change rapidly. Early season snow conditions are extremely variable with the possibility of ice in the mornings and thaw in the afternoon. Skiers and riders are urged to use extreme caution. The Palmer Snowfield is recommended for advanced skiers and riders only.


Yikes. I'd take a firm, but newly man-made WROD over that (at least most of the time). BTW A-Basin has been up to 2 trails for the past several days already which, while still crowded, does reduce the craziness a fair bit.
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby Admin » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:55 am

EMSC wrote:BTW A-Basin has been up to 2 trails for the past several days already which, while still crowded, does reduce the craziness a fair bit.


As will the addition of Loveland tomorrow.

And here's the winter outlook from both NOAA and Accuweather:
http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2017/1 ... f-la-nina/
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Re: Western Weather 2017-18

Postby Tony Crocker » Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:15 pm

I think that's boilerplate CYA language from Timberline. The bottom line is that Palmer is quite depleted by its Labor Day summer closing with a WROD rebuilt every night on the lower third of skiing. So Palmer does not reopen in October without substantial natural snow, of which I heard there was at least 2 feet. In many if not most seasons Palmer does not open at all until late spring, as the lift gets too much ice/rime during winter storms.
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