Washington

20 thoughts on “Washington

  1. Jeff Lynne September 2, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    Any plan to post pictures of the lift(s) at Hurricane Ridge?

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    • Peter Landsman September 2, 2017 / 11:13 pm

      Yes, I still need to get to Hurricane Ridge, Badger Mountain, Echo Valley and Loup Loup in Washington.

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      • Jeff Lynne September 2, 2017 / 11:35 pm

        Don’t forget Sitzmark Ski Area near Tonasket, they have an old Riblet double.

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        • Peter Landsman September 3, 2017 / 5:36 pm

          Didn’t know about that one! Tonasket is way up there but I will make the trip eventually. Washington is my home state after all.

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        • dhowe June 2, 2019 / 1:45 pm

          Sitzmark did not operate this past season citing lift maintenance issues. I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes a lost area.

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  2. Cade Cyphers February 16, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    Would you be able to split the Snoqualmie mountains into separate entries? It’s a bit hard to tell which lifts are at which mountains without having to look at a trail map.

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  3. Skier o’ the steeps June 1, 2019 / 9:43 pm

    Posted this in the about, but I’m thinking it’s better noted here:

    The Central Washington State Fairgrounds in Yakima has what appears to be a Riblet center-pole double with safety bars crossing over the grounds. It’s called the Sundola. Probably installed around 1995, given that the fair’s site notes that there was a contest to name it that year.

    Only runs during the week of the fair as far as I know.

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      • Skier o’ the Steeps June 1, 2019 / 10:39 pm

        Great! Just wanted to make sure.

        Love those old Riblets.

        I normally ski at White Pass, and when Great White broke down on the last Saturday of the year, I was excited because that meant they’d probably run Chair 2. Then the wind scuttled those plans. :/

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  4. John Bel Edwards November 21, 2019 / 2:46 pm

    I’m curious about whether anyone has scoped out potential ski area building sites near Republic/Sherman Pass. I’m envisioning a ski area with terrain similar to Loup Loup and either a single T-Bar/Poma or double. I believe an optimal base area location would be either at Jungle Hill Campground itself, or adjacent to the unused parking lot to the southeast of it. The chairlift could then go up on the small knob to the southwest (tops out at 5200 feet) or even higher. Here are some liftlines that I had in mind. https://imgur.com/a/jjXy4hH

    Curious about what you guys think.

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    • skitheeast February 19, 2021 / 12:28 pm

      Perhaps a small ski area would work. The closest population center is Spokane, which has ~500k annual skier visits as a city already distributed between Schweitzer, Silver Mountain, 49* North, Mt. Spokane, and Lookout Pass. Schweitzer takes 250k-300k of those, so the rest are basically averaging 50k-62.5k. The biggest question would be whether or not another resort is sustainable or if someone would fall out.

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  5. skitheeast February 19, 2021 / 12:41 pm

    I am always surprised by the lack of resorts and mega-resorts near Seattle given the snowfall and population. There are basically three primary resorts (Crystal, Stevens Pass, and Summit at Snoqualmie) and three secondary resorts (White Pass, Mission Ridge, Mt. Baker). I know some people go to Whistler, but that number is not too large and it is zero this year. None of the resorts are that big, so the three primaries all receive massive crowds at times. Unless more resorts are built, I think they are in a position to receive massive capital investments to expand to serve the ever-growing Seattle population. The metro area’s size is between Boston and Denver, both of whom have a plethora of mountains of all sizes to choose from.

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    • Myles Svec February 19, 2021 / 1:45 pm

      All the major ski resorts have terrain expansion plans so that’s a good thing. Crystal hasn’t really built its master plan too much plus the road in is Avalanche prone so I would suggest a second access point somewhere for Crystal.

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    • Mr Incredible February 19, 2021 / 4:07 pm

      Seattle area ski areas are jammed on the weekends to the point that you frequently get turned away if you don’t show up early. It’s amazing that a state so rich in high mountains and glaciers doesn’t have a true destination resort. Instead, seattleites trek to bachelor, whistler, Schweitzer or sun valley for a true destination resort experience. Part of that is the weather and isolation which deters out of state skiers. Also, nearly all the bigger mountains are in public ownership which pretty much shuts down new ski development. The one major exception is the east side of mount adams which is owned by a tribe. There have been proposals in the past to develop it for skiing which would bring true big mountain skiing to Washington. But until that distant day arrives, we are “stuck” with crystal – although that’s not too bad a cross to bear.

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      • 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖉𝖆𝖗𝖐 𝖝 𝖍𝖔𝖗𝖓𝖊𝖙 March 11, 2021 / 1:01 pm

        That’s true. Many resorts got combined (like Alpental, Hyak, Ski Acres, and Snoqualmie)
        And also I’m not 100% sure that there are any major resorts made after 2000. Skiing is mostly a Alterra/Vail thing.
        But I agree, we get a lot of snow, we have a lot of people, but it’s hard to make a resort.

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    • Enumclaw kid February 19, 2021 / 4:21 pm

      Crystal has a parking garage at the current lot B and substantial base area investment in its already-approved master plan, on top of the on-mountain and mountain-access improvements (eg. Kelly’s Gap Express) in the plan. Question is, when will current ownership decide to pay for it? Or do they just keep cashing the checks?

      As far as access, Crystal has wilderness on one side and a National Park on the other side. The road is narrow and steep, more rockslide prone than avy really, but widening it even just to three lanes like US-2 west of Stevens would cost many many millions. Very unlikely.

      Stevens needs more parking and/or some sort of ski bus system to go with its on-mountain master plan.

      Snoqualmie has the parking and the freeway but is small and low elevation, and there’s no good terrain to add.

      Baker and White are both on NF land, surrounded by wilderness. Baker doesn’t even have power to the mountain. White does have some base area lodging and could have more, USFS-willing.

      Mission does have its expansion to the east, on to private land, pending with Chelan County. I think that will get approved and be very popular.Personally, I’ve always thought that a gondola from Mission Ridge’s summit down into the valley to the west to a new base area on the road there, cutting many miles and an hour off the drive from Seattle, would be money well spent. Would obviously generate substantial public opposition (“Save Naneum Canyon!”).

      Really, the Canadians have the snow, terrain, and political environment: Garibaldi on the way and expansion at Whistler and Sasquatch, to say nothing of what’s in interior BC. Get a NEXUS card.

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      • Enumclaw kid February 24, 2021 / 5:45 pm

        I got curious, and consulted an online USFS topo map and Google Maps at lunch today. From the intersection of Crystal Mountain Boulevard and SR 410 to the point at which Crystal Mountain Boulevard crosses Silver Creek and flattens out, it is 3.3 miles. Over that stretch the road gains 970 feet, from about 2750 to 3720 feet elevation. That is an average 5.6% grade.

        The Google Maps street view, dating to March 2011, was taken on a nice snowy day.

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        • Joe Blake February 24, 2021 / 9:46 pm

          Speaking of the goooooooogle, my old Subie is still there, all working and stuff. I miss that guy.

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        • Joe Blake February 24, 2021 / 9:48 pm

          It even still has the single-use deer deflector that deflected a deer on Wagner Creek Road in summer of ‘012.

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