Posts tagged: ski resorts
WINTER SPORTS — Massive avalanches have been triggered at Crystal Mountain Resort near Mount Rainier as ski patrollers try to mitigate the huge unstable snowpack and make the area safe. The slides are damaging facilities at the mountain.
WINTER SPORTS — Stevens Pass has received 160 inches of snow this month as of today, making it the third snowiest February the resort has had in the last 50 years, resort owners say.
February of the 1998-99 season holds the record with 226 inches of snowfall for the month.
In an 11-day storm cycle from Feb. 10 to Feb. 21, more than 10 feet of snow fell, better than doubling the base depth from 61 inches to 129 inches at the time.
Stevens Pass’ base sits at 145 inches of snow at the top and 124 inches of snow in the base area. February storms have brought the 2013-14 season snowfall total to 342 inches. The resort averages 450 inches of snowfall annually.
February’s snowfall was a 76 percent increase from snowfall through the month of January. According to the USDA Stevens Pass had received 73 percent of its normal amount of precipitation as of Feb. 1; the resort now sits at around 90 percent of normal precipitation.
In the last five years March has also been a dependable month for snowfall, averaging 118 inches.
The new snow has created a massive amount of avalanche mitigation work for the Stevens Pass Pro Patrol. Explosives dropped from a helicopter have even been employed to trigger avalanches outside the ski area boundary that could potentially travel into the resort.
According to the Northwest Avalanche Center, the backcountry avalanche danger is currently “considerable” in the Stevens Pass area of the Cascades, meaning dangerous avalanche conditions exist.
See video of massive avalanche that was triggered by explosives outside the ski area boundary on Feb. 26.
WINTER SPORTS — Schweitzer Mountain Resort announced today that it will shut down its lifts on April 13, a week later than usual to offer a “bonus” week of skiing and snowboarding to its patrons.
Traditionally, the Sandpoint-area resort has closed at the end of the spring break for local schools.
“With help from recent snowfall, Schweitzer will operate for an additional week to accommodate spring breaks in Spokane school districts as well,” said Sean Briggs, resort spokesman. “The amount of terrain and lifts that will be open has not yet been determined.”
Read on for details about discount ticket offers and special events.
WINTER SPORTS — Storms that have rendered the region's mountains sketchy for winter travel because of avalanche danger are leaving the controlled slopes of area ski resorts with stellar snow conditions.
For example, here's the report just issued by 49 Degrees North, which will re-open its slopes tomorrow with a lot of untracked landscape:
IT IS SNOWING at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour, it's flat out dumping!!! We have received over 35 inches of new snow in the last week and it has been snowing heavily since 12 pm.
Conditions are very nice with fresh dry powder covering the mountain!!! Remember we will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, but with this winter weather advisory, we are looking at between 8-12 inches of new snow for a POWDER FRIDAY!!! T
here are a ton of activities to take part in this upcoming weekend to include a Rail Jam and Demo Day on Saturday February 22nd!!! For more information call 509-935-6649 ex 610. You do not want to miss this EPIC Powder!
WINTER SPORTS — It happened last week at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana, and now another report from Wednesday of a Washington skier without a partner falling into a powder pit at the base of a tree and suffocating.
CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, Wash. (AP) — The ski patrol at Washington’s Crystal Mountain Resort says a Seattle skier died when he apparently suffocated in a tree well.
The ski patrol says a skier told patrol members shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday that her skiing partner was missing. KOMO-TV reports that the patrol says the man had last been seen about 90 minutes earlier.
Ski patrol members spotted some ski equipment near the base of a tree and located the 35-year-old man. They dug him out and began CPR but he died. He was not immediately identified.
Snow immersion suffocation can happen when a skier falls, usually headfirst, into deep loose snow at the base of a tree and becomes immobilized under the snow.
The resort’s ski patrol director, Paul Baugher, says it’s important to ski with a partner and keep each other in sight.
Crystal Mountain has gotten 19 inches of snow in the past 24 hours.
WINTER SPORTS — Wednesdays and Fridays are “Ladies Days” at certain Inland Northwest ski resorts, with special deals and favors.
WINTER SPORTS — While much of the West suffers for lack of snow, Montana is flush with powder.
An AP news story today notes that the state has an above-normal snowpack already this year — good news for river runners planning their spring.
But for now, it's the industry adding a big exclamation mark to the mountain snow conditions with a media release, including the powder-hound photos above, all snapped in the past 10 days.
“Big Sky Country is enjoying some of the best ski conditions in the lower 48!,” Montana Tourism points out.
“The rest of MT's 15 ski areas have enjoyed consistent storm cycles since October. With more pow on the way — we're in a meteorological heaven,” said Molly Ambrogi-Yanson, Tourism spokeswoman.
WINTER SPORTS — Great report just posted from Lookout Pass:
…With all the snow this week and more to come, it seems like Lookout Pass is the place to be. We received over 12 inches in the last 48 hours and the forecast is predicting snow everyday until Saturday night!
The resort's Winter Carnival is set for Jan. 19.
WINTER SPORTS — After a long drought, Mt. Spokane and 49 Degrees North are reporting 6-7 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours!
More to come.
WINTER SPORTS — In a half-century flashback to the prices charged by the former Jackass ski area, Silver Mountain Resort will offer $12 lift tickets on Friday, Jan. 10.
Silver Mountain's “Jackass Day”, celebrates the resort's 45th anniversary with discounts and events on and off the mountain.
The retro lift ticket price of $12 recalls the era when Silver Mountain (then known as Jackass Ski Bowl), was first opened. People are encouraged to bring out their retro ski gear to wear while skiing and boarding.
Moguls, the on-mountain restaurant, will be hosting a party including cake and trivia. The cheap lift tickets bring record-breaking amounts of people from around the area. It's a party!
Read on for details about other events.
WINTER SPORTS — In the past few weeks, snow-goers have been worshipping every new inch of the precious-little snow that's been falling from the sky.
That's why the 4 inches of beautiful snow that fell last night on Lookout Pass stirs some excitement.
And look at those dark clouds in the photo Lookout Pass Ski Area posted this morning!
Dark, threatening clouds rarely look so good!
WINTER SPORTS — Will this suit put a chill on what foreign exchange students are exposed to as guests in the United States?
German family sues Montana ski resort for teen's death
The family of a German exchange student, who died after skiing into a tree well at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in 2010, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Montana resort, the company that handled the exchange student's stay in the U.S., and the family that hosted him.
— Helena Independent Record
WINTER SPORTS — Once again, fifth-grade students are being treated like royalty at Inland Northwest ski resorts, with free skiing and other discounts.
The Fifth Grade Ski or Ride Free Passport, costs $20, entitles students to three free lift tickets at each of the participating mountains, including 49 Degrees North, Mt. Spokane Silver Mountain and Lookout Pass.
Resorts also offer free or discounted ski rentals and lessons.
Parents and siblings accompanying the fifth- graders sometimes can get discounts.
Get more details, download applications or apply online.
WINTER SPORTS — First it was Colorado resorts, then Montana's Big Mountain out of Whitefish. The Sun Valley report clearly defines the Forest Service and ski industry concern for backcountry skiers launching their trips from resort slopes.
Idaho resort puts limits on uphill skiers
Sun Valley Resort officials said the dramatic increase of folks trekking uphill on Old Baldy forced them to make a policy change that bans uphill skiers between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., the hours of operation for the Idaho resort
—Idaho Mountain Express
WINTER SPORTS — Backcountry skiers who use alpine ski resorts that operate on public land are being scrutinized this season.
Here's a story from last month.
Here's the latest:
Uphill skiers at Montana resort warned to use designated routes
There are two routes uphill skiers at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana may use to access the powder under their own power, and a U.S. Forest Service official who works with the resort on its special permit warned skiers to stick to those routes to avoid additional regulations on the practice. —Flathead Beacon
WINTER SPORTS — The expansion of Big Sky Resort in Montana is BIG news in every way.
The resort's owners purchased neighboring resorts, Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peaks in August, and debuted the transformed mega resort — now the largest in the country — during the Thanksgiving holiday.
“The acquisitions make Big Sky the big boy on the U.S. alpine skiing and snowboarding scene,” says Brett French of the Billings Gazette. “The combination means more than 30 lifts, 4,350 vertical feet of drop and 5,750 total acres for riders to roam. In comparison, the other big dog — the tony Vail Mountain Resort in Colorado — has about 5,300 acres and 3,450 vertical feet.”
The new Big Sky is treating skiers to the longest vertical run in the lower 48 states.
Read on for details from the Gazette story:
WINTER SPORTS — Silver Mountain Resort plans to open its lifts for skiers on Friday, Nov. 29, joining the rest of the region's ski resorts in opening limited terrain to take advantage of early season snow.
Following is the just-released announcement from Silver Mountain:
Silver Mountain Resort will be opening for skiing, boarding, tubing, snowshoeing and scenic rides Friday November 29th through Sunday December 1st. The first gondola will load at 8:15am, skiing and tubing will start at 9:00am and go until 4:00pm. This will be a great chance to get some first tracks for the season and burn off some of that Thanksgiving dinner. This will be a limited opening for skiing and boarding with select runs open along with chairs 1, 2 and the carpet lift. We will be offering reduced price lift tickets for skiers and boarders with adult tickets at $29.95 and youth tickets at $27.95. The best way to experience Silver is to stay at the base in their luxurious lodging and enjoy the 84 degree warm of Idaho's largest indoor waterpark.
There are plenty of activities to keep the family busy this weekend at Silver Mountain Resort. We will be having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Noah's Canteen, a premier of Warren Miller's “Ticket to Ride” on the 29th in Noah's loft and our Village Christmas Tree Lighting on the 30th, complete with warm drinks and caroling.
Currently there is a 10 inch base at the Mountain House and 22 inches at Kellogg Peak. NOAA is forecasting another storm system for Friday the 29th and we will be opening more terrain as conditions permit. For more information please visit our website.
WINTER SPORTS — As more backcountry skiers use roads and parking areas plowed by ski resorts and then strap on skins and climb their way up groomed or controlled slopes to reach their backcountry destinations, the U.S. Forest Service has proposed a rule change that would allow ski areas that lease lands from the federal agency to charge a fee for the uphill skiers.
UPDATED 11-20-13 at 2:30 p.m. with info on Silver Mountain.
WINTER SPORTS — Lookout Pass Ski Area plans to open for the winter season on Thursday, Nov. 21, and Schweitzer Mountain Resort and Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park have just announced they will open on Saturday, Nov. 23.
This will be the first time the Mount Spokane resort has opened before Thanksgiving in many years, operators say.
These resorts will join 49 Degrees North, which opened for one day on Sunday and will reopen on Friday.
Silver Mountain Resort is scheduled to open Nov. 29.
Resorts that are opening are on limited schedules with limited runs until more snow comes and allows full operations.
Read on for details from each resort:
WINTER SPORTS — Stevens Pass Ski Resort announced today, Nov. 16, that it has opened its 2013-14 winter season with more than 1,000 skiers and riders coming to enjoy more than 22 inches of snow in the past 24 hours and a 30-inch base.
Lift tickets will be just $20 for guests through Thursday.2013-14 season pass holders from other mountain resort areas can also ski for free through Thursday by showing their pass in Guest Relations for a lift ticket.Terrain park has 10 features in place in the Beacon Hill park, with more to come as the resort expands to four terrain parks.With more than $4 million in improvement for the 2013-14 seasons, Stevens Pass expects to unveil its new Doppelmayr high-speed detachable Jupiter Quad in line with opening Mill Valley as the season progresses.