Westside Snow Report 1-22-17

Lessons are Started and People are Riding

By Greg Whittaker
Mountain to Sound Outfitters

As winter kicks into full gear, people are coming into the shop daily getting ready for their first mountain ski or snowboard session in 10 years. Not only has this year been great for snowpack in the NW, it is getting people out into the mountains which is one of the reasons we who work in the industry are involved. It's healthier than staying in the grey dreary lowlands.

The warm front which broke the freeze down here in town was pretty eventful in the mountains as well. A massive inversion led to freezing rain up high, strange deep groppel, and dense heavy snow down low. Mt Baker received 20 inches for Fridays opening. Layers of unstable snow may be observed and those of you headed into the backcountry need to proceed with knowledge on aspect and potential slide layers.

This week we saw good skiing at Crystal on piste where the groomers were layed down, but spotty crust conditions off piste. Snoqualmie Pass (and I-90) was closed for cleanup after the warm inversion storm, and this weekend we had decent on piste skiing with crust layers as you got off the trails.

Today at 3000 feet was 31 degrees and snowing lightly, so its looking good to head up when you get a chance.

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Make sure you check the WSDOT Pass Reports for driving conditions.

Greg Whittaker is the owner of Mountain to Sound Outfitters your West Seattle ski, snowboard, kayak, and paddle board experts that can also rack out your car so you can carry all that gear that wont fit in your trunk. [google_ad:west-seattle_story_text_region_slot_2]

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