Saturday, March 31, 2012
Weather Synopsis for Friday and Saturday
Friday, March 30, 2012
Main Lot Boat parking now closed due to a switch from rain to snow.
Every day I look at all the different snow and avalanche reports from all over western Canada and the PNW, because I love scrutinizing the snow and avalanche conditions reports. Sometimes I find gems such as the one above... this is one of the honest reports from the Mt Hood area.
All we needed was just a couple degrees cooler and that was supposed to happen later this morning. It appeared to be warmer in the south than the north... so we were hopeful the pass was half-way decent, because I was too lazy this morning to drive a much further distance to a higher elevation.
What we found was snow that was a little intense and offered us adventure. Serious blue snow and deep taffy powder that solidified after the skis touched. If a skier can can ski these kind of snow conditions, the skier can pretty much ski anywhere. Avalanche control was booming first thing in the morning and I suspect bringing everything down.
So after a little investigation, we decided to go home to avoid breaking a leg or throwing an ACL. We proved to ourselves that we could ski it and weren't desperate enough to risk injury. Now I get to watch the final season of Nip and Tuck. And that's not a ski movie...
|We should have brought out water skis|
Snow can be creepy at times
Thursday, March 29, 2012
33ºF / 1ºC
3022 feet / 921 meters
Traffic stopped for avalanche control
Compact snow, slush and ice on the roadway. Avalanche control work is complete. Westbound traffic has been released and is now moving. Eastbound traffic remains stopped at milepost 47, near Denny Creek, and milepost 56, near Gold Creek, while clean up continues.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
"I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do" - Willa Cather
Monday, March 26, 2012
I wish I had done something different. It would have been so much better to get appropriate pain medication to make him more comfortable and not do it the way I did. I have no idea why I a smart person like me didn't look it up on the internet, total self-will on my part, me thinking I know without knowing squat... Someone told me we just treat our dogs like family - the human he is - not that it's an excuse but I liked that rationalization. I love my dog and did not purposely mean to hurt him. But trying to save some money on a vet visit multiplied into a small fortune with the poor dog having to take the brunt of it. He shouldn't have to pay for my mistake.
I'm going to quit beating myself up. When I visited him today, he didn't have any hard feelings, he just didn't understand why he couldn't come home with us.
Live and learn. I just hope people who read this learn from my mistake. Don't give your dog Aleve.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Last weekend an Israeli couple posted to facebook a message to Iranians saying "We Love You". After it was posted, they got a response immediately. Click on the video and let Rony tell the story.
Now less than a week later I find out about it from someone living in Canada and now I share it with you.
I also learned that it is illegal to even have a facebook account in Iran and all these people are doing it sending responses back to Rony!
Pass on the Peace. It started between people who don't know each other and decided to meet each other on facebook and communicate. Social media is creating Nobel peace prize winners!
|She has a great webiste|
The reason why I want to blog about it, is that I think Rita Hoskings and her crew has the ability to make it to the BIG TIME and with a little bit more publicity and social media help, their music is so incredibly infectious maybe they can headline large venues in the next year or so. Alison Kraus and Union Station watch out...
|Ritas facebook link|
I would like to help them get the recognition they need. Since we have blog followers and suscribers from North America, Australia, New Zealand and Russian I'm sure their POPULARITY will surge. (YES) To listen to her music click here and and here. And if you can get an opportunity to listen to them live, by all means make the effort, they are touring the west coast right now. You will not regret it.
I am streaming the music as I write this. It is happy music and heartwarming on any day of the year.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Some guy yelled at us if we had "gone to Chair Peak". When I said no, he said "Well your packs are pretty big." Oh well, in case something happens it's nice to have some equipment to perhaps be useful instead of helpless and incredibly stupid. Familiarity is a big crux move in risk evaluation in avalanche terrain and I think a lot of people who ski Alpental fall into that trap. They treat it like it's their backcountry playground where they make up the rules - nature doesn't really care about what we as snow sliders "think we know." I can't outsmart an avalanche or a terrain hazard such as a cliff.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
|LOTS of other skiers agree with me, but powder is guaranteed by "earning turns!"|
Sunday, March 18, 2012
|Portland was in full fledge springime...|
|Rode the Cascade Train down to Pdx from Seattle. SOLD OUT!|
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Brenda is schooling me in St. Paddy's! Green head halos for the princess (No, I'm not able to show up as a Snow Queen), live Irish music, green clothes (what else is new?), and Irish kid dancing coming up in the gym. What more can a Irish-wanna be on March 17th want? This is St. Paddy Heaven!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
|Poaching the line is a "dead end" - literally|
What's really a sad and discouraging event is all the riders/skiers ducking (crossing a closed boundary) the rope lines on top of Elevator Shaft today. Very disheartening to witness as the avy risk was quite high with the deep snow depth and wind slab. Besides there was plenty of good lines inbounds. We didn't quite need a regulator like this guy did at Crystal, but it was pretty darn good for snorkeling.
I would like to ask Boyne to put some additional effort into enforcement - that is an effort to pay people to catch these folks and pull some tickets. At least make examples of a few people so the rope lines are taken seriously. It's actually a $1,000 fine and a person is guilty of a misdemeanor if the person knowingly skis in an area or on a ski trail, owned or controlled by a ski area operator, that is closed to the public and that has signs posted indicating the closure. Maybe a lot of skiers don't know that or maybe they just don't care when there is two feet of powder and they can feel like they're in a Warren Miller or Teton Films movie. It's what the day felt like all day inbounds!
Maybe what is happening is that people (locals) are very comfortable with the terrain, have no or a disrespect for avalanche education and figure that they've gotten away with it before. A lot of people probably just don't want to be told what to do. But on a day like today or the warming days predicted to be coming up, it's going to be a very high risk poaching the closed lines.
Personally, if I was the snow queen to make all these important decisions I'd fine them (money to go to avalanche education training scholarships), give them a misdemeanor AND I'd also ask them sit through avalanche education classes in order to get their passes back. Perhaps with more education they would realize that the pro patrol has the areas CLOSED for a reason.
|The end of the day for a ski bum - lucky dogs|
Monday, March 12, 2012
It's odd that they sometimes require chains on all vehicles except all wheel drive, but if you have all wheel drive, you're supposed to have "traction tires", but we saw plenty of all wheel drive vehicles spun out on the way up. Chain enforcement consists of the state patrol slowing everyone down and waving cars and trucks through. They need to be writing some tickets as well...
Sunday, March 11, 2012
|Now THIS is what a lift line should look like on a Sunday!|