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March Madness at Mission Ridge

While we were in Austria, La Nina kept hammering the Pacific Northwest with fresh blankets of pow. Some insane snow depths were building in the region, boding well for a great Spring. On a mid-March Saturday at Mission, we were lucky enough to be the recipients of La Nina’s generosity, with 4 new inches in car park a lot more up top. We started with groomer pow, then headed to the Liberator where every run, both off and on piste, brought whoops of delight from the surprisingly small number of folks on the hill early. The morning included totally fresh tracks off the Windy Ridge hike, and my first run down Bomber Chutes for a few years. This was Mission at its best.

A week later (business travel!), we returned on the Sunday for another blast. No freshies this time, but new snow all week had been preserved in tip-top condition by cold temperatures – one of Mission’s great advantages amongst it Cascades counterparts. A wafer-thin layer of windblown made the packed pow immensely carvable, and the groomers were best approached Ferrari-style, fast and wild.  More Windy Ridge and Bomber Chutes exploration was in order, and by 3.30pm we had run up another 10K vert day without really trying. The delights of Spring skiing in the Cascades. 2 months to go 😉

8300; 10,200 vertical m

Season Totals: 51 days, 416,100m vert, 25 powder days


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