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Mt Hood Meadows and Silver Mountain – March 2010

When you get through an El Nino winter in the Pacific Northwest, your prospects are good for fine spring skiing. The second half of March has certainly followed this trend, with the El Nino spring snow fire hose being turned on. Two weekends at Mt Hood Meadows and one at Silver Mountain brought excellent snow. A mix of powder days, great wind blown blowder, and even some sunny, clear conditions.

The downsides were few. Meadows got crazy busy Saturday mornings (each was a pow day), but an early lunch seemed to somehow transport us to an alternative reality where there were no crowds in the afternoon. Silver was almost too quiet, had a few brown spots on well trafficked south-facing slopes, but really good snow, topped up on the Sunday, was abundant. The bump runs like Sunset, Corkscrew and Tall Paul were exceptionally good.

All in all, great winter skiing. In Spring. Bring it on, El Nino ;). Here’s a video of out Mt Hood Meadows antics:

 

Skiing Stats:

Meadows: Saturday 7600m, Sunday 8000m vertical

Silver: Saturday 8100m, Sunday 7000m vertical

Meadows: Saturday 9000m, Sunday 7600m vertical

Season totals:

55 days: 430,400m vert

16 powder days

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