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Lots or reports from skiing around the Pacific Northwest, with some East Coast excursions thrown in for good measure

Late January at Mission Ridge

El Nino? What El Nino? Mission has a 60+ inch base up high and 50+ at the base – as good as I’ve seen in quite a while. This is a great snow year (fingers crossed it’ll stay that way!). We skied the last two weekends in January at Mission Ridge, and the conditions were tasty indeed.

The first weekend was cold and clear with plenty of pow to mop up after a storm the night we arrived. We ripped the soft snow and soaked up the spectacular views. And thanked our lucky stars that we have season passes at a treasure like Mission Ridge, where crowds really don’t exist.

El Nino did make a dramatic, brief appearance on the West Side of the Cascades after the weekend, which was as welcome as Donald Trump at an Hispanic  farming convention. Luckily the damage on the east side at Mission was minimal, and although the warm up left a firm base, the temps dropped and 5+ inches of blower pow fell, which hid a lot of lurking evil. The solid base seemed to scare most folks from venturing off groomed, which just left more for us. It was tough to take, and to be honest variable in places, but there was some very fine untracked turns to be had all weekend.

Sun 8300m, Mon 8200m, Sat 8800m, Sun  8400m vert

Season Totals 29 days, 230,500m vert, 16 powder days

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