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December has been… very good.

Dec 4 – Deep powder at Crystal Mountain

I can’t imagine a better opening day to my 2016 lift accessed season than┬áthis. 20″+ of fresh snow overnight and reasonable small crowds for a Saturday made for one of my best days on skis ever. By the end of the day I was chest-deep in the Chinook Express lift line. Too bad my GoPro crapped out early!

Laps in Snorting Elk bowl and Stockholders off the Green Valley chair were the order of the day.


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Snoqualmie Nordic – Opening Weekend

Cold, clear evenings and plenty of snow made for fast and smooth conditions, both at the Snoqualmie Nordic center and for downhill runs at Silver Fir. After two powder weekends in a row it was good to break out the good form, cruise, and get some exercise.

Here are some shots from the Rockdale Lake area of the Nordic Center. Hidden Valley loop is open and in very nice shape but the Mount Catherine loop isn’t open yet.