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tyreid
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Dec 26-31, 2014 Hurricane Ridge zone
« on: 01/02/15, 10:23 AM »

Skied 5 out of 6 days in the HR zone from Dec 26-31. Saw the full evolution from "thin but skiable" to ankle deep powder, to really good powder skiing, to widespread wind affect, to entering spring mode. Overall, even though we're still well below normal, we have twice the snowpack we had at this time last year. We've had a lot of NE winds in the last week which is counterintuitive for where the good skiing usually is, but the upside is this has loaded more snow on the sunny aspects that need it. All in all things are off to a decent start up there and hopefully this next warm spell passes quickly so we can get back to powder skiing. A couple other photos and some GoPro footage on our blog.


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hedonaut
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Re: Dec 26-31, 2014 Hurricane Ridge zone
« Reply #1 on: 01/02/15, 11:29 AM »

Thanks for the report from the peninsula!  Your description of the spectrum of conditions fits the Snoqualmie (Chair Peak) area well too.

Which peak (if named) is that in your last picture on the blog?
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Re: Dec 26-31, 2014 Hurricane Ridge zone
« Reply #2 on: 01/02/15, 08:01 PM »

Thanks for the update Tyler. Hoping to get out there soon and much more consistently this season
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Re: Dec 26-31, 2014 Hurricane Ridge zone
« Reply #3 on: 01/02/15, 10:09 PM »

That was a nice stretch of weather!

Spotted your tracks on the north side. Was hoping someone would have posted conditions in Victor?   The wind that accompanied that last storm really scoured the ridge tops with new cornices, and wind pack! Great pow though in shaded and sheltered zones.

I think breakable crust is on tap for Sat thanks to the intense sunshine and melt freeze cycle.


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