The skiing and snowboarding season is still likely more at least a month away, but this morning resorts started reporting their first dustings of snow. Stevens Pass and White Pass are both reporting snow this morning. Some other ski areas around the Northwest reported snow last week.
It might just be time to start tuning skis.
Here’s a picture from White Pass:
There was a dusting of snow at Mount Rainier National Park as well this morning. The parking lot and walkways at Paradise had a light layer of snow, according to webcam images.
Tucker Taffe, the skier who died Tuesday after falling into a crevasse on Mount Rainier, was a strong and experienced back country skier and the heart of Utah’s Alta Lodge, his former boss said this morning.
“He was the best of us,” said Cliff Curry, general manager of the lodge at Alta Ski Area. “He was a warm, kind, gentle spirit.”
Curry described Tucker as having a skinny but athletic 6-foot-4 build and an unfettered passion for backcountry skiing.
“We’re all here for the skiing,” Curry said. “But he was out there more than all of us. He was out …
If you don’t have plans for Veterans Day, considering digging out your snow ride gear.
The 2009-2010 ski and snowboard season in the South Sound will officially open on Wednesday when Crystal Mountain begins operations, albeit on a limited basis.
The ski area announced this morning it will open the lower mountain by running the Discovery, Chinook Express, Quicksilver and Forest Queen lifts. The ski area will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ski school, rental shop, plus food and beverages areas will be open as well.