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Opening weekend in Washington state: Stevens Pass pow turns

Oh, it’s a great feeling, isn’t it? A glowing feeling.

The snow season, my friends, is upon us.

The ride season in western Washington was rung in by the joyous chorus of bullwheels cranking up at each one of the region’s five ski resorts last weekend.So with La Nina making good on her promise—covering the hills with light, dry pow—and every ripper able to get his own at his local hill, yesterday’s Thanksgiving saw a lot to be grateful for.

Our crew got our blessings at Stevens Pass. Opening day holds the sparkle of Christmas morning for shrednecks, and yet, still, the 5:30 a.m. alarm felt a bit over zealous. That is, until the peace of the snow-lined mountain drive settles into view and elation stirs in the spirit with anticipation of the coming day, the coming season.


And, that is, until we got to the mountain and realized, thank god we arrived early. By 9:00 a.m. the mountain morning was abuzz with eager stash hunters. We were the first car in the lot, and in line before first chair. We had three mind-blowing runs—pow delicacies for breakfast—before many had had their caffeine.


Of course the good stuff was in the trees. So we bounced from one tree-preserved stash to another. The icy temps and dry air made for light, fluffy conditions: So dreamy; so incredible. Those tingling feelings are back and here to stay for the next many months. As is, very likely, Jake’s perma-grin. He was glowing, as we all were from run after run of discovered nuggets of untouched snow, soon decorated with our S-lines.


The back leg burned by day’s end. The bellies, ready for beer. Nothing is better than a frothy dark brew that warms the soul after a day of slashing about the powder in the deep cold.

Welcome to the 2011/2012 season. Hope you’re getting yours because, with La Nina here, well, the gettin’s real good.

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  1. Tyler #

    I cant beleive this was so long ago! It feels like yesterday… I’m saddened by the season ending…

    March 21, 2012

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