Ski - Snowboard Adventure 2000/ 2001

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Notes 2000/2001 season

First Measurable Snow:11-6-2000
Last Measurable Snow: 6-12-2001
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6/12/01 I thought I was done with the reports this season but what do you know.....snow in mid June.  Tuesday morning we were greeted with white stuff all over the slopes, from a trace around 3,000 to many inches up on Alpental.   Suprise-suprise......... I don't expect it to stay too long though.....

5/29/01 Ok, the snow is all gone except for patches on the upper slopes, and warm weather has arrived. Yesterday snow did return to the pass above 4,000' with unusually low snow levels. This was following a very warm week seeing temps in the pass in the 70's.  Alpental still shows plenty of snow on the upper half and did receive a few more inches yesterday.  sooooooooo, until next season.
Base: ZERO

5/17/01 When I think the snow is over with, more falls. Not at the 3k' level but above aprox. 4,000' there is new snow.  The area where I measure snow depth has dropped quite fast the past few days, now only 12" or so (by this weekend it should be just patches).  There are still people hiking at Summit West and of course
Alpental. Road 9070 is not open as of yet, still snow across at many places....especially at the entrance where there is about a 5' pile from the plow.
Base: 12"

5/11/01 Made my final hike/board of the season at Hyak. It was pushing it a bit, but I figured there was snow up there still so I might as well ride it as far as I could. The temps are in the 60's and the snow is melting quite fast now (as expected this time of year).  I was able to board from the top down to the 2nd lift pole up from the Kacheelus chair, making a few tight turns on the lower 200 yards where it was getting very tough, but still fun.  The snow should be pretty much gone in a couple weeks from the face and all other sun-facing areas.
Base: 26"

5/8/01 The spring snowmelt is now in full swing.  No new snow since monday and the forcast is for seasonal warm weather. This weekend should be the last attempt by anyone at skiing the face, but northern runs usually last a couple weeks longer.  My measuring stick is leaning now...should be fallen in a very short time.
Base: 30"

5/3/01  With the new snow that has fallen the past few days along with the normal spring snow melt, the snow has pretty much stayed the same depth from the Kacheelus chair on up for the past couple weeks. Still good coverage on the face down to the Kacheelus lift but pretty bare below that. If you compare the
picture I took today to last season around the same time you will  notice the coverage now looks better then last season at the same time.
Base: 40"

4/22/01  Last year on 4/23 I recorded 4'-5' so our cool April weather helped our snowpack a great deal.  Depending on how warm our weather gets we may have enough snowpack to keep us riding through early May at Hyak, then its over to Alpental.  Early morning snow is hard as a rock, but by 9-10am its real good..
By afternoon its pretty darn soft.......
Base: 42"  (3 1/2')

4/19/01  Cool weather has kept our snowpack in nice shape.  Last week up to 2' of snow fell in parts of the pass, mostly the upper ridges.  Alpental stayed open
for an extra weekend so Sunday will be the final day of lift service at Snoqualmie.
Base: 44"

4/8/01 April has brought back winter. Since April 1 the snow levels have stayed low, snow has been falling on/off through the week and depths are actually getting deeper. Conditions today were great on the slopes with mid-winter conditions. Temp was in the upper 20's and it was snowing when I was on the mtn.  Looks like hiking on the hill will last longer then I had originally expected.
Base: 55"

4/2/01  Saturday for the Ski-Down we had moderate snow in the AM until about 9:00 then it was rain most of the day, ranging from mist to moderate. The snow
was as slow as you'll ever find, but overall the day was still ok.  Snow levels have fallen and today it was snowing down to well below 1,000'.  Snow levels have held for the past 2 weeks to just above 4'.  The lifts for Hyak are now closed for the season, but conditions are good for hiking, though it won't last as long as it
normally does.
Base: 52"

3/24/01  Suprise....they predicted rain but it stayed dry all day!  Snow coverage was better at Hyak then Central, that's for sure.  If the melt continues at this same
rate there will be some holes by next weekend, mostly down low where the creek runs under the snow.  Snow is predicted for early next week, cross your fingers.
Base: 51"

3/22/01  The 2nd big meltdown of the spring is on. There is snow predicted for this weekend, but the snow is starting a faster acceleration down.  About 9" fell over the past 10 days. Today are awesome spring conditions, lots of sun and soft snow.
Base: 55"

3/9/01  Our first big warm spell and boy was it warm.  We lost about 12" of our base after the record warm weather monday -wednesday, but thursday we saw snow come back to the pass..  Today we recieved about 2"-3" to add to our 6' base. A few more days like that and we'll be in trouble to last into April.

3/3/01  After a nice dump of between 10"-14" Thursday the conditions are great. The snow is still very nice and dry and we've finally reached the 7' mark. I think we
are going to make it to April after all with enough snow to keep things running.  It sure doesn't seem like the season is winding down..it seems like it is just starting.

2/25/01 Well, just as I had thought. The snow is now pretty dang hard under that 1" of new that fell friday night.  Today its clear and nice weather, but unless the snow
softens up (which will lead to even harder surface on the re-freeze) staying on the groomed is suggested.   Good coverage
Base: 6'+

2/22/01 Tempratures have risen enough now to make the snow wet/heavy. When it drops back down the snow conditions will definatly not be what they were monday. More snow is expected over the weekend but only a few inches.  Depth's range in the 6'+ range, still well below normal for this time of year.
Base: 6'+

2/19/01 Its another great day!  Lots of great powder fell over the weekend and presidents day saw light crowds and lots of powder, untracked if you went off trail. Temps are staying below freezing and conditions are good!
Base: 6'+

2/12/01 COLD!  Its been cold the past few days!!!  This morning it was 14 degrees and clear. We've had only light snowfall the past week, maybe as much as 1-2" but no more then that. It seems we are now heading into another high-pressure weather pattern to leave us with clear-cold and no-snow weather. Lets hope this changes soon
Base: ~ 5'

2/8/01  We have a nice weather pattern forming and the weather gods have said we have a mild La Nina in our neighborhood.  Its now cold with snow levels low enough that Seattle is even getting dusted.  Temp's are suppose to stay low with light to moderate snowfall through the week and weekend. Feburary is looking good so far and predictions say we will have a good 2nd half of the season.
Base: ~5'

2/4/01  Saturday 2/3 was a great day. Boarded in the AM at Alpental with the upper mtn having a lot of nice untracked powder then followed up in the PM at Hyak where we also found powder on most runs. Sunday morning I woke up to about 4" more snow then it turned to light rain making the snow that had fallen very heavy. By 9am it was turning back to snow?  Anyway, the snowpack is up to around the 5' mark and coverage now is pretty good. We just need to get to the 7' or 8' mark to make sure we have enough to last us through our spring season.
Base: ~5'

1/31/01  Well, we've received one of those classic "dump for 2 days followed by rain" type of conditions.  Since Sunday night we've received about 18" of needed snow, but snow levels have been going up and today Snoqualmie has received mix rain/snow and rain making all of the new snow  VERY HEAVY.  Actually today the conditions were not too bad all things considered, until the temp drops making all of this heavy snow into cement.
Base: 4'

1/24/01 Not much change. A few inches of snow have fallen over the weekend and some during the week but with the packing there is not much change in total depth. Still waiting for the big storms.
Base: 43"

1/14/01 Tempratures have been hovering around the freezing mark but we have been getting a bit of snow over the past week. An inch here, few inches there and after it packs down the snow depths don't change much. Still waiting for those big winter storms to drop a few feet of needed snow.  Conditions are tolerable but could be better.
Base: 40"

1/5/01  Warm weather and rain have packed our snow down to just over 3'.  We did recieve a couple inches of snow before our 2 days of rain/freezing rain. New snow is definatly needed.
Base: 38"

12/31/00  After the previous night of freezing rain, which packed our snow down to about 40" we had a great morning of nice snow. It fell hard all morning through to about 2pm before it changed to a light freezing rain/mist.  About 5" new fell through the morning hrs and riding on the groomed trails was very good but got heavy later as the freezing stuff fell.  All in all, not bad. New Years Day morning was clear, not a cloud in the sky. This was the first weekend of downhill operation at Hyak.
Base: 45"

12/29/00  The past few days have been uneventful as far as snow. The temp has been hovering around 25-30 degrees and the snow is getting a bit hard. Still we have not had any warm fronts to melt what has accumulated so far and there is a forcast for a small front to move in friday/saturday so we may see a few more inches, but not much more then that is expected. (possible freezing rain) A few inches of snow fell since last Saturday but overall the base hasn't really changed much.  My un-official measuring stick still reads the same which is located about the 3000' level at Hyak behind my cabin.
Base: 43"

12/23/00 Today its 25 degrees and snowing. I don't think I can remember a start to the season where we have had so much 'dry' snow. The reason I notice is because I have to keep my parking spot shoveled and I do this by hand and so far this season its been much easier then in the past. Today's snow is nice and dry again with more predicted on the way.  Alpental opens this weekend so all 4 areas are running except Hyak is for Nordic only until January (unless you hike).
Base: 45"

12/16/00  The snow was nice and dry as NW snow goes.  The temp has been staying in the teens and low 20's for quite some time now and the past day another 9" fell with another 5"-10" expected tonight.  The fog last night caused a light crust in areas but today's conditions at Central were not bad. Hyak started up Keechelus for operation but for the Nordic crowd only.
Base: 38"

12/10/00  DEMO DAY at Hyak for Snowshoes and Nordic. Today I got up to another 4" of new 'light' powder on top of yesterdays 4" of snow. The snow kept on falling throught the morning and by the time I left around noon another 2" had fallen. My measuring stick is showing just under 3' on the ground and the snow that has fallen this weekend was of top quality, dry for NW standards and temps are suppose to continue to stay in the 20's or lower so snow conditions should continue to be great for what base we do have. We still need more snow but what we do have is not too bad.
Base: 33"

12/3/00  After the past week of snow and some settling the snow total is still holding about the same. Temps have been staying under freezing for the most part
so the snow that did fall is still around.  I hiked up Creek Run and did the groomed run down to the lodge, the snow wasn't too bad.  Clear skies are forcast for the
next week so new snow is not predicted any time soon.
Base: 24"

11/27/00  The thanksgiving weekend started off with about 6" of snow thursday followed with a couple more inches saturday but sunday was the big dump with
from 16"-20" falling and the pass was closed.  With snow expected through most of next week it would be very possible to see the resort open next weekend.
Base: 24"

11/8/00  First big storm of the season has left 4" overnight and more still falling through the day.  Colder tempratures are expected over the next few days dropping freezing levels well below 2,000'.

11/6/00 Snow was falling saturday, 11/5 which left most of the ground at the road level with a white dusting. The slopes above the road level (3,500') looked to have from 1"-2" overnight.  Sunday afternoon/evening was more rain/snow/rain-snow mix through most of the early evening.

11/2/00 No measurable snow but there have been a few dustings above the 4,000' level. 



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