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Poster: A snowHead
Wed 31-05-17 17:13
Replies: 4129
Flew back from Oakland to Seattle last week. Cascade range was nice and white. Lots of snow on the mtn. tops. Good for the rafting season. And of course the water table.
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Fri 19-05-17 15:24
Replies: 131
@gortonator, glad you were able to partake. Looked a bit windblown from the pics. I've switched to the bike for the summer. Meanwhile CO and WY are getting hammered. Work buddy was in Denver yesterday and was dealing with snow! https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/winter-storm-valerie-rockies-snow-forecast-mid-may-2017
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Tue 16-05-17 15:22
Replies: 131
Snowing in the Cascades. About 20 cm of freshies. You have to work for it though. https://crystalmountainresort.com/the-mountain/webcams/
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Fri 12-05-17 23:43
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Book late. Enjoy the best conditions. Might cost a bit more but it's worth it.
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Fri 21-04-17 19:03
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@kitenski, +1, he's behind his desk like many of us right now.....never goes near the slopes, we can all screen shot webcams and post on here (well not actually because I still don't know how to post photos on SH) ;-) @Sitter, Really not jealous at all mate (ahem)...... bet its awesome, my FB is full of local friends all skiing big lines in that fluffy powder. Have fun, you doing the Weisse Rausch? It's a shame that SH doesn't make it easier to upload pics. You just need a web based hosting photo site to utilize. I use photo bucket. Once you've done it, it's pretty simple. This not from this season, but you get the picture. ;-) http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd348/mozartmccoy/IMG_0403_zpsbe3737b7.jpg
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Thu 20-04-17 17:32
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Even I will take a minute out of my pow days to capture a pic of the scenery and conditions. Only time camera does NOT come out is when it's a storm day with low viz. But that above web cam shot has me wishing I was there!!!
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Wed 19-04-17 21:11
Replies: 131
https://crystalmountainresort.com/blog-winter/john-kircher-acquires-crystal-mountain/ good news methinks!! Yes, I think so too. IMO one of the better run resorts in the PNW, if not North America.
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Mon 17-04-17 19:40
Replies: 4129
Squaw Valley might just not close this year. https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/592ca827-cded-3fb0-82ec-1aa1a3e63c78/ss_it-snowed-so-much-this-winter.html Did you hear? It snowed a lot in the Sierra Nevada this winter. Unless you spent the cold months avoiding the news (we wouldn’t blame you), then you already know it’s a record-breaking season. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, sister ski resorts north of Lake Tahoe, have tallied nearly 60 feet of snow this winter. At a slightly higher elevation, Sugar Bowl at Donner Summit hit 751 inches — 63 feet! — this month. Last week alone, Squaw reported three feet of snow. Last Thursday, the National Weather Service announced the Northern Sierra Nevada region, comprising eight separate climate stations, achieved its wettest water year on record. After years of drought and bad ski business, thing are looking up for places like Squaw and Alpine. They’re so good, in fact, that their CEO is seriously considering leaving at least one of the lifts open through the summer and fall.[/i]
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Thu 13-04-17 17:56
Replies: 131
@gortonator, Most likely not going this weekend. Family commitment at 2pm in Seattle on Saturday. I suppose I could shoot up for a few hours but not looking like it for me. Last week was probably my last day on snow for the season. :( But it was an amazing last day if that turns out to be the case. Insider tip. Go to Chair 6 first thing. It's not spinning during the week, so there should be about a foot of fresh waiting up there. As long as it didn't suffer a freeze/thaw, it should be good. Take the time to go all the way out to North Face of Campbell Basin and drop in there. Unless of course it looks good right off the chair! ;-) And they should get the Southback open by 11AM or so, and you can work on your fitness by doing a hike up Silver King.
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Wed 12-04-17 21:56
Replies: 4129
Snow already here in the PNW - 15-20cm already on the ground with more falling as I type. Cooler temps filtering in with lowering snow levels. Tahoe will get some too as well. Whistler and interior BC will get a light dusting into the weekend. Easter looks good for the bunny to hide some eggs. :-P
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Mon 10-04-17 16:35
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Another round of moisture coming into the Sierra's in California for Wednesday/Thursday. Expect about a foot of snow. PNW received about 40cm over the past 72 hours. Another round of precip and for this time of year lowish freezing level with up to 10cm-20cm Wed/Thursday as well. Oregon should do well. They got hit with about 20cm overnight, and could see more through out the day.
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Mon 10-04-17 15:41
Replies: 131
@gortonator, I'm not 100% sure for this up coming weekend. I will definitely PM you if I plan on being up there. Forecasts has some indication of potential. It was definitely a very nice surprise and to have gotten quite a few lines of fresh powder. Chair 6 was almost ski up or just a few minute wait for the first 2 hours. Then somebody must have put out the word that Southback was getting ready to open, and the powder hounds converged. Still it was not that bad on the hike back. Heck even skiing in the chutes that had been avy controlled was really light and deep.
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Sat 8-04-17 23:20
Replies: 4129
Well, the low pressure delivered... ;-) Nice way to spend a Saturday in early April! http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd348/mozartmccoy/XTAL%204-8-17_zpspfrx7oex.jpg
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Sat 8-04-17 23:01
Replies: 131
Surprisingly good conditions today in the Cascades. 20cm of fresh reported this morning at Crystal Mtn. Almost no crowds early on. Skied some great lines. North facing aspect held lots of wind loaded soft powder. Temps stayed cool, and it was snowing all morning into early afternoon. Sometimes quiet hard. Visibility was off and on. Managed to hit the rope drop into Southback and scored some deep powder for my efforts. Not too shabby for early April. http://i530.photobucket.com/albums/dd348/mozartmccoy/XTAL%204-8-17_zpspfrx7oex.jpg
Poster: A snowHead
Fri 7-04-17 23:00
Replies: 4129
55- 63mph winds need to be sustained to qualify as storm force, according to the Beaufort scale. Mere gusts of 60mph don't count :sH: What about 100mph winds? Top of my home mtn just recorded 102 MPH gust! :shock: Trees down across major interstate highway down in Oregon. Winds starting to pick up. Not quite a storm yet, just windy and wet. Bonus that temps dropping and the winds decreasing into tonight. Which means maybe a nice pow day on Saturday! ;-) My apologies that the local media is using the word "storm". What can I say, it's America... http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/powerful-storm-hits-oregon-coast-with-60-mph-gusts-on-track-for-seattle-area/
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Fri 7-04-17 17:02
Replies: 4129
Is the term Storm getting devalued? Yes. Its one of those terms that is constantly used by American commentators and is now being picked up over here to incorrectly refer to any snowfall event or depression crossing the Alps. Add it to a rising inflection and .....yuck :evil: Well, this American uses the word storm, and will continue to do so. And there's a storm a brewing right now off the Pacific Coast. It's not a big bad mean one, like you get in Europe with 200KPH winds and all with massive destruction and flooding and of biblical proportions but what else should it be called? It's just a wee little lass with 100KPH winds. Maybe a paltry 1 meter of snow, and nothing like those big dumps you get in the Alps. Shall I refer to it as a low pressure with moderate precip? Simply say an unsettled low with unstable air si on it's way? Please give us American's some tips, so that we don't offend. After all it's your language we are using over here. Cheers!
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Thu 6-04-17 19:51
Replies: 4129
Stormy and unsettled weather returning to the West Coast. Sierra's getting some moisture with lowering freezing levels into the weekend. Forecasts for the next 72 hours could come in on the upper slopes with a meter, and about 50-70cm on lower slopes. Breckenridge received over a foot yesterday, albeit reports were that the snow was on the heavier side. PNW Cascades with somewhat warmish temps and freezing levels about 1,500 meters, and dropping to about 1,000 meters and 72 hour snow forecast on upper mtns to be anywhere from 10cm to possibly 40cm up higher, and farther North in Cascades toward Baker could see 50cm on upper slopes. As a side note, Baker hit the 18 meter total snow fall for the season. Not too shabby! 8)
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Thu 6-04-17 19:35
Replies: 53
@gortonator, They've got this deal going on right now - https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/purchase/tickets-and-passes/edge-cards/winter-17-18
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Sat 1-04-17 0:24
Replies: 4129
Colorado going to get a storm rolling in Friday night into Saturday. Could see a foot of snow West of the Divide, places like Eldora and Breck should do okay. Down in the San Juans in SW CO could also get up to a foot of snow. Models not in alignment. As Whitegold alluded to, it was a bad snow year and some CO resorts only have 2-3 meter bases this time of year.
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Fri 31-03-17 16:44
Replies: 44
@Toadman, I have been pursued* down a Chamonix piste by Glen and Kim Plake. I am going to suggest that he at least is reasonably expert. I know a few top level trainers and ski school directors. Oh, and a couple of Olympians. I suspect they fit the definition. *They may not have been aware they were pursuing me. I've never met any of them. I stand by my original statement. But I do sometimes ride the chairlift with a 6 time Olympic Gold medalist...just not in winter sports, so I have that going for me! 8)
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Thu 30-03-17 19:14
Replies: 44
I've never met an expert skier.
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Wed 29-03-17 20:40
Replies: 44
@clarky999, Yep agree. The 185cm Enforcer is a perfect length. Easy to ski in soft moguls, and fun in the powder.
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Wed 29-03-17 20:38
Replies: 1458
Just sheer stupidity and a bunch of beginners with too much schnapps in the belly? :~/ Where does it say that in the article? To me it reads older people 58 to 77 from Belgium, Holland and the UK. Basically down to unfavorable snow conditions. 25 People over the space of 90 mins skiing down one unpisted run. Speculation and sarcasm on my part. I did see where it talked about the unpisted conditions being poor. But 25 people on an unpisted run getting injured over a 90 minute period? Gotta be more to it than a bad piste, or more likely some skiers that got over their heads and went for some tumbles? Oh well, glad no one died.
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Wed 29-03-17 16:10
Replies: 44
Of the skis on the list the Nordica Enforcer 100 and 110 are bloody brilliant, but at the smash and dash end of the spectrum rather than surfy powder ride (Enforcer 115 Pro even more so). Soul7 is lots of fun but definitely not a crud charger. Blizzard Rustler 10 and 11 for next season would probably both fit the bill, but do require driving. Head Kore 105 too - brilliant ski and sits about halfway between the Enforcer and Soul7 in character/playfulness. Both Enforcer models would be really good options. I have not been on the Rustler 10 but posted a write up on the Rustler 11. That ski for me was a cut above the Enforcer 110. Both are really good, but I just felt the Rustler 11 was just that much better than the Enforcer 110. One other ski that took me by surprise was the Dynastar X106. Kind of a stiffer version of the Soul 7 HD. http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=131436 That's interesting! I skied the Rustlers and Enforcers back to back (also back to back with a bunch of other skis) at the UK ski test in Kühtai a few weeks back, and while I liked both a lot, personally preferred the Enforcer. Just felt a little more composed to me, and being just as damp (if not more) while being a touch softer I found it easier going in poor visibility and variable snow without sacrificing any higher speed performance. Rustler(s) were certainly lots of fun and more energetic, but I thought a smaller sweet spot (tail is stiff and will kick you back bottom if you get backseat) - great with fresh legs and good vis, but I was more comfortable going faster on the Enforcer when conditions were less ideal - it's just so silky smooth! Yes agree with you re. the Dynastar - another great ski and definitely deserved the old Legend badge. What size skis were you on? I never came close to getting pushed into the backseat on the 180cm. I would have preferred to be on the 188's but beggers can't be choosers! So the 180's are a short ski for me. I much prefer a 185-187 length. The Enforcer 110 felt a bit hooky in the tip, and didn't feel as lively, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I felt the same on the Rustler as you did with the Enforcer. Just charged through the medium density crud. Both are stable platforms though.
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Wed 29-03-17 15:49
Replies: 1458
Yesterday's accidents in Zurs. Ski Route 139 (steep 35 degrees) 25 people were injured, some seriously (airlifted) within a period of 1.5 hrs. http://m.tt.com/panorama/12799957-91/25-unf%C3%A4lle-in-eineinhalb-stunden-auf-skiroute-in-z%C3%BCrs-am-arlberg.csp What? Some kind of old folks "Chinese downhill?" From the article it doesn't exactly explain what actually caused all those injuries. Just sheer stupidity and a bunch of beginners with too much schnapps in the belly? :~/
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Wed 29-03-17 4:40
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Of the skis on the list the Nordica Enforcer 100 and 110 are bloody brilliant, but at the smash and dash end of the spectrum rather than surfy powder ride (Enforcer 115 Pro even more so). Soul7 is lots of fun but definitely not a crud charger. Blizzard Rustler 10 and 11 for next season would probably both fit the bill, but do require driving. Head Kore 105 too - brilliant ski and sits about halfway between the Enforcer and Soul7 in character/playfulness. Both Enforcer models would be really good options. I have not been on the Rustler 10 but posted a write up on the Rustler 11. That ski for me was a cut above the Enforcer 110. Both are really good, but I just felt the Rustler 11 was just that much better than the Enforcer 110. One other ski that took me by surprise was the Dynastar X106. Kind of a stiffer version of the Soul 7 HD. http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=131436
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Wed 29-03-17 4:27
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Got a chance to ski on the Blizzard Rustler 11 last weekend at local ski hill. Conditions were fast hard groomers up high. Lower down the spring warmth softened things up nicely. Off-piste was 30cm of cut up pow from a storm that had come through the day prior. Temps had gotten up to just about 0C at the end of the prior day, so the snow was a bit on the heavier side, and on South and SW facing aspects a bit of a very slight hint of a freeze layer underneath 5cm that had fallen during the night. Suffice to say variable conditions were on hand for anyone venturing off the groomer trails. The new Blizzard Rustler 11 is brand new offering from Blizzard and replaces the venerable Gunsmoke that had quite the cult following. Dims for the 180cm version that I demo'd were 139-112-129. The 188cm version is 142-114-132. The Rustler comes with both tip and tail rocker, however, the tip rocker is very gradual and the tail rocker is very subtle and minimal. Blizzard also has changed the layup of the Rustler from the now retired Gunsmoke version. There is a layer of titanal that is tapered toward the tip and tail. They are relatively light with a ISO-Paulownia-Balsa-Poplar-Beech wood core. The titanal layer adds a nice bit of stiffness under foot, and as it tapers it gives the ski a nice feel in the chopped up crud and cut up pow that I was playing in off-piste. I really liked the feel of the Rustler 11 in the variable conditions I found them in. The ski has a nice damp feel, but not so damp that it feels dead. There was not tip deflection as I plowed through and over the snow. There also was no noticeable tip flap, or any issues with tip deflection. Blizzard mentions their carbon flip core technology, so that may be part of the reason the tip feels solid but with reduced weight in both the tip and tail, the ski has a nice bit of liveliness to it. There's a not much camber in the ski. It's not flat but pretty close. Sorry no profile pics. So it is somewhat amazing just how easy it is to just put the ski on edge and crank out nice tight turns. At 180cm the Rustler 11 has a 19m radius. At 188cm you are at 21m's. The blizzard goes all the way up to 192cm, and the shortest version is 164cm. For me at 77 kilos and 180cm in height, I felt the 180cm was a very easy ski to rip on. Moguls were no problem. It's easy to release the edges and schemer the turns or just give a bit of ankle flexion and carve. The subtle tail rocker allowed me to release the tails and slide through the moguls. I did manage to find a small stash of untracked 30cm deep pow to float through, and it was quite apparent that the ski planes right up on the snow, even at just moderate speeds. While taking these back to the demo tent I ripped through a nice bit of untracked heavy wet snow toward the bottom of the ski resort. Ski tracked nicely, and carved trenches with aplomb. I really like that Blizzard toned down the tip rocker. Much more subtle than the Rossignol Soul 7's but gives up nothing in way of float. I didn't encounter any issues with the tips hooking in the powder or cut up crude. In terms of versatility, there really was no terrain or snow conditions that the Rustler 11 didn't excel at. Truly a fun ski to be on. It was very easy to just get on it and ski. Feels like a really nice, large sweet spot whether you want to ski with forward pressure, or more neutral stance and ski it on the center. Tail felt solid and would probably be just fine if you felt so inclined to huck a few cliffs for the young ones. Basically Blizzard IMO knocked this one out of the park, and nailed the design and made a major improvement over the Gunsmoke. This could almost be a one ski quiver ski. Powder day? No sweat. Day after pow day in cut up pow and crud? Absolutely! A week after a storm and nice fresh, velvety corduroy? Sure, no problem. Even on hard firm packed groomers this ski would be easy to handle.
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Wed 29-03-17 3:53
Replies: 131
Crystal pass on sale through May 31st for $695 plus tax. Prior years pass price was $800 + tax. So I plunked down the cash. Kind of a no brainer. Can use it for rest of this season. So here's hoping to some nice conditions until end of season. On the weather front looks like cooling temps from tomorrow into Thursday with freezing levels down to about 3000'-3500'. Could be 10" of snow over 48 hr period. Possibly more at higher altitudes. Won't last long as temps will start to creep up going into weekend. Might be a wet one but hoping that some cool air stays around a bit longer.
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Fri 24-03-17 22:41
Replies: 29
Little hills on a pow day with no lift lines are usually more fun than big hills with big lift lines and no fresh snow for weeks...YMMV. Could be good, or it's already looking pretty good in UT for some fresh snow this weekend.
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Fri 24-03-17 22:32
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Fri 17-03-17 15:27
Replies: 131
It's been mostly warm and wet the past week in the PNW. Not much to write home about, other than lots of rain. Temps cooling a bit and storm coming Friday evening. W SW flow with this one. Going to be accompanied by some moderate winds, and a bit of a warm up as the storm comes through. As it passes, the temps will drop into Saturday. Forecast of around 5mm-10mm of precip. over the 24 hour period. Could equate to about 20cm of snow on the higher slopes. Farther North up into Whistler should fare better with the temps and the snow. But about the same amount of precip forecast. The wind will be a factor. Possible closures in the Alpine. Clearing from Sunday into Monday, with possible next storm coming in mid to late next week.
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Fri 17-03-17 15:22
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Next season (2017/2018) Lift Ticket Priced Signficant increase on 1 & 2 week passes. http://www.stantonamarlberg.com/media/1165/download/Tarifblatt_E_2017-18.pdf?v=1&inline=1 Yup. EUR14 on a one week pass will make the difference between going or not. :roll: Right, Just look at the pass prices here in the USA. Although the ski resorts now have somewhat of a clue and offer heavily discounted of free tickets for kids under 13, if paying adult is included. Won't be long before the whole Arlberg is interconnected.
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Wed 15-03-17 19:11
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Should be improving into the weekend. Warm spell starting to finally run its course. Forecast calling for snow Friday/Saturday. Foot or so with decreasing freezing levels. Leave the snow boots at home. Bring the powder skis though. ;-)
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Wed 15-03-17 19:05
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Man that thing propagated F-A-S-T!!! :shock:
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Wed 15-03-17 18:54
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https://vimeo.com/208367410 Talked with the in-laws in Connecticut last night. 20" of powder in the driveway. Most ski areas in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine saw 2 feet of powder.
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Tue 14-03-17 20:31
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Stella! https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/winter-storm-stella-northeast-blizzard-warning-noreaster-snow-forecast-march-2017 New England States are getting hammered at the moment. Should be good in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Anywhere from 20-50cm of snow for those lucky enough to get it.
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Sat 11-03-17 1:03
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Interesting day... New snow was VERY wet and heavy in Ischgl. Level 4. Avalanches everywhere - natural and triggered - on all aspects. *Very carefully* skied some mellow trees early on in the day. Paavo almost makes it look like powder: Stopped around 10:30/11 and cruised the pistes instead, due to further warming and other people. Seriously on a lv. 4 day: "Is it steep? We just followed your tracks." Crazy. All sorts of other crazy going on too. Fools without any safety kit group skiing steep slopes right between very big and obvious avalanches with deep crowns and terrain traps/pistes below. One example, but it was going on everywhere: https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3820/33321980606_dde6cec673_c.jpg Is this just stupidity, or sheer ignorance? Surely it must be obvious even to total non-skiers that that slope is dangerous? Starting to think we should introduce a fine of €1000 for anyone who skis offpiste without safety kit. At least that might actually make people start thinking. Course it would help if resorts would do a bit more to make people aware - even a simple Facebook post each day would make a big difference. Today Ischgl stated they were 'closed for security work.' Why not just be up front that actually it's super dangerous and we're bombing the poo-poo out of everything so you don't die? As they say, "It's a fine line between stupid and ignorant." Personally I think it's a pretty big gap... In any event, I've seen this in the Arlberg before after a big dump, and the powder frenzy commences. It happens in the States too but maybe not quite as evident with the out of bounds resort boundary situation we have here. Probably better discussed in the Oft-piste forums.
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Sat 11-03-17 0:54
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Bit of a warm up and drying for the West Coast USA. Still some moisture to wring out in the PNW. Cool and snowy toward New England. Spring like, even though it isn't officially Spring just yet.
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Sat 11-03-17 0:51
Replies: 131
@Ricklovesthepowder, PM Sent. You should be good to go.
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Fri 10-03-17 17:51
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Warming trend starting right about now. FL will go up to about 5,000' later in the weekend. Saturday might be the best early in the morning before snow levels go up. Should see another 6" or so today with another 3"-5" over night. Will be heavy Cascade Concrete, but should still be smooth and creamy to ski on for a few hours. Longer range the storms will be warm with high freezing levels with mostly rain to the tops of the Cascade range. Up North in Canada, they may have slightly lower freezing levels but still rain/snow mix possible on the higher slopes. Longer range, (10+ days) could see some moisture and slightly cooler temps, but too soon to say. Models seem to indicate the HP lurking off the Pacific that's blocking storms over Cali, and thus allowing storms into Utah and Colorado as well may break down. As with any long range forecast, too soon to say. Fingers crossed for a late March snow bonanza though! :D
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