telemark skiingbackcountry skiingPacific NorthwestWashington and Oregonweather linksThe Yuki AwardsMt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Turns All Year
  Help | Search | Login | Register
Turns All Year Trip Reports
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
02/22/20, 12:02 PM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
Trip Reports Sponsor
Pro Ski Service
Pro Ski Service
Turns All Year Trip Reports
(1) Viewing these pages constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use.
(2) Disclaimer: the accuracy of information here is unknown, use at your own risk.
(3) Trip Report monthly boards: only actual trip report starts a new thread.
(4) Keep it civil and constructive - that is the norm here.
Info Exchange

NWAC Avalanche
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  Hot Air
| |-+  Lift-accessed Skiing Reports: non-backcountry
| | |-+  1/12 Crystal
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: 1/12 Crystal  (Read 445 times)

Posts: 78

1/12 Crystal
« on: 01/12/20, 07:25 PM »

Lots of new soft snow today and lots of guests. We found nice soft runs in Northway and Melby's. Other areas were good too, but with the new occasionally scraped off to the hardpack. Light was pretty flat most of the time so GV bowl was a challenge. Did not try 6. It was very windy at Campbell Basin lodge. Also windy at the car when I left. Lift lines were big in the morning and way up the hill on the 2nd try in Northway. I heard that Saturday was even worse; above the Brand X/main run merge.
I retire next Friday and look forward to mid-week skiing (and drive)!

Non-ski stuff:
A brown fox sprinted across the slope from lower Grubstake-lookers right, under the chair and down the main skier track. He was really moving.
Left Shoreline at 5:15am. Almost a solid line from Auburn about 45-50 mph. From Enumclaw a totally solid line that slowed considerably at the snow line. From Greenwater even slower, sometimes stop and go, others about 20-25. We actually sped up on the Boulevard, with some "bursts" to near 35. Arrived about 7:45 to be parked at the C lot shuttle stop. Carpool lot was already full. Huge line for the mens restroom so I just headed out to the Chex line about 8am. By the 8:30 opening, both Gondy and Chex lines were way up the hill.
On the drive home there were a couple of fallen trees, one still partially blocking the road.
Inexplicably, 2 vehicles in the ditch on perfectly straight clear roads.

Posts: 3406

Re: 1/12 Crystal
« Reply #1 on: 01/12/20, 07:40 PM »

Yep ... it was a couple of challenging days at Crystal especially for the Seattle commuters.
I live in Greenwater and the new weekend norm is to leave the house by 6:30 am to get ahead of the mayhem. Put skis in line  by  7:15 and then retire to lodge to hear latest round of Politically incorrect jokes .
Although the parking is crazy, the lift lines were manageable with a little bit of sense and contra flow strategy.
I skied mostly short north laps today . Very deep pow and excellent skiing . Hardly waited in line at all.
Singles line strategy works.

Congratulations on your retirement. The Boomer mid week crowd is getting bigger by the day.

Chief Etiquette Officer of TAY and TAY's #1 Poster
Poet Laureate of TAY.
Chairman and Founder of FOTAY( Friends of TAY)
Moderator of the moderators.
"Most Brilliant Move" of the 11/12 ski season
" Knows what he is talking about"
Expert Typist.
Crystal Whore
" Scotsman may be correct"....Mikerolfs

Posts: 244

Re: 1/12 Crystal
« Reply #2 on: 01/13/20, 04:52 PM »

Not too rain on your retirement expectations but the drive from shoreline is easier on weekends , especially coming home......however the skiing experience is much nicier
Pages: [1] | Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  

Login with username, password and session length

Thank you to our sponsors!
click to visit our sponsor: Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
click to visit our sponsor: Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
click to visit our sponsor: Second Ascent
Second Ascent
click to visit our sponsor: American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
click to visit our sponsor: Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service

Turns All Year Trip Reports ©2001-2010 Turns All Year LLC. All Rights Reserved

The opinions expressed in posts are those of the poster and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Trip Reports administrators or Turns All Year LLC

Turns All Year Trip Reports | Powered by SMF 1.0.6.
© 2001-2005, Lewis Media. All Rights Reserved.