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Notes 2010/2011 season

First Measurable Snow:  October 26, 2010
Last Measurable Snow: May 16, 2011   
Season Total:  385"

Friday, June 17, 2011

Ok, the snow since about June 10 can be considered 0", but there are still piles laying around here and there. The 1/4 pipe is still about 20' tall and the kids still have fun playing on it. The news stated this is the 2nd coldest spring on record which is what helped us keep our snow around so long.  I was snowboarding once this week at West, though not sure I'll be able to do that again next week?
Base: 0

Friday, May 20, 2011

Monday we had a little more snow (surprise) but I think that will be the last of the season. Still the riding is good as most of the hills are still covered from top to bottom. They cut the road across Hyak so riding to the bottom straight down can't really be done any longer so we have been riding at West hiking Thunderbird. Sun is out now much more and warm temps have arrived.
Base: 2 1/2'

Thursday, April 28, 2011

MORE SNOW! Another 5" has fallen by this AM and snow levels are suppose to stay around 1,000' for the next couple days. Looks like we will be heading into May (and our last weekend of the season at Alpental) with continued new snow. Too bad they are ending with such great conditions at all 4 locations.
Base: 6'

Monday, April 25, 2011

After a sunshine weekend following up with Sunday night rain it is appearing the spring thaw is about to take hold....but wait, now there is a prediction of up to 10" of snow tonight as snow levels drop from 3,500' to 2,000'. We just might get another dump of snow before the thaw takes over. Snow depths are still holding around 6' with good coverage on the entire mtn.
Base: 6'

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ok, last weekend was the last for lift service at Hyak but the snow continues to fall. Saturday was a great day for snowboarding and the Summit held the Holy Oly to the normal viewing crowd. Snow was soft spring conditions, fun all over. Sunday we woke to light rain/drizzle and the Hidden Valley chair was not running. I did not end up going out Sunday because of the rain. This week the snow has continued to fall with 4" one day and another 7" last night. Central runs this weekend then ends but Alpental will run for at least 2 more weekends.
Base: 6'+

Sunday, April 3, 2011

After a week of high snow levels and HEAVY RAIN, the snow has returned. Around a foot of new snow has fallen so far this weekend and was needed after all the rain. Only 2 weekends remain of the season at Hyak.
Base: 5 1/2'

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lots of new snow over the past month but the cold air has seemed to have disappeared and now scary snow levels around 3,500' have arrived. The snow depth at one point was up to 7' on my stick, but with the wet and some rain it has compacted to 6'. Still good riding to be had and Hidden Valley finally opened last weekend!
Base: 6'

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The best snow conditions of the year! Temps have been hanging in the mid 20's and we've been receiving around 1' a day the past 3 days. Finally the creeks are covered at Hyak and the Summit is opening Hyak again for another mid-week day (Thursday, today) and rumors are that HV will be opening this Saturday.
Base: 5'

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Another sunshine day! A few inches fell here and there during the week and temps stayed below freezing. Snow depth is still a tad below 3' but more snow forecast for next week. We need a good storm to come through and get things back in shape. Hidden Valley still waiting for more snow.
Base: 2 1/2'+

Friday, February 4, 2011

Rain, clear and cold, more rain. Seems we can get about every weather pattern except snow. We haven't had a snow storm in at least 3 weeks and January, normally our snowiest month had around 1/3 of normal. Our snowpack is just under 3' and forecasts are not encouraging. Hyak may open this weekend (still undecided) but next weekend for sure.
Base: 3'

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

OK, well we are still in this cycle of high snow levels, some rain and now lately it is sunshine. Temps are only dropping into the 'near 30' area so it freezes at night but slushes back up in the daytime. Snow depth had been measured at over 4' but now is back down to the 3' level. Future forecasts are not good, no snow predicted for at least the next 7 days. The lifts are about ready but unfortunately we might not have enough snow once they do start running. The season started off with a bang but has since become somewhat of a thud. Lets hope Feb returns to a more normal weather pattern.
Base: 3'

Monday, January 17, 2011

RAIN RAIN and more RAIN. After a long stretch of very cold air we are now in the middle of a pineapple express dumping 5" of rain this weekend so far and temps in the low 40's. We are getting close to the opening of the area, but I just hope this warm weather leaves us by the time the lifts are running. Maybe next weekend?
Base: 4'

Friday, January 7, 2011

After a week or more of frigid temperatures and little snow a warm front has pushed itself in leaving us with 2 days now of rain. A cold front is suppose to push through again tonight returning snow and making all of this wet snow into rock. So far this season our snowfall is right on a normal pattern but the temps seem a bit cooler then normal. Hyak still is not close to opening but we still hold out hope the lifts will be running later this month.
Base: 3'

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The work on the new lifts continues and we keep hearing a forecast date of Jan 8 come up even though Jan 23 has also been mentioned. Yesterday they got the cable (haul rope) spliced and in place so things are progressing. We spent the day sledding on the face as conditions were great for this activity. A few people were hiking up the mtn to ride, ski down and no new snow to speak of the last couple days.
Base: 3'+

Monday, December 13, 2010

More new snow followed by the pineapple express. Received over a foot of new snow thurs-sat followed by heavy rains. Hyak opening has been pushed back to at least Jan8 IF the ski area can get everything completed in time and testing done. Snow is still holding out just over 3' with all the packing down from the rains and so forth.
Base: 3'+

Sunday, November 28, 2010

More snow fell over the Thanksgiving weekend and West was in full operation. Word is Alpental and Central open next weekend and Hyak is still being worked on (lifts). With consolidation and so forth there is still around 3' of snow. The temps have warmed up enough to where the snow is now rideable and today's ride down the face was much better then what I went down last wednesday when the snow was far too dry and deep.
Base: 3'

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It has been snowing for the past 5 days and West opens up tomorrow! We have 3' on the ground and it is currently 8 degrees outside. I think I can safely say this snow is here to stay. Yesterday I hiked up to the top of Hyak and boarded down the face. The snow is very dry, a little too deep but as long as I either rode in another track, or stuck to the steeps I was ok. The lifts are coming along and should be ready for Christmas, if not sooner.
Base: 3'

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The first big snowfall of the season! Our first snow fell in late October, only 1" but this one might just stick around. We received around 12" of snow, the heavy wet stuff we are all used to. More snow and falling snow levels means we might just be on our way to hopefully opening by Thanksgiving, or early December.
Base: 12"



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