Ola!…our old Intern and good friend Pete Mullenbach sent this in from opening day at Steven’s Pass, WA. Thanks Pete.
Thumping in the Northwest
Quickly jump in your time machine and tell your mad scientist homies to rewind it four days ago. When you arrive in the past, drop what you’re doing, call off any plans, classes or meetings for November 19, the word is Stevens Pass is opening and there’s going to be powder. At this point you either were lucky enough to get opening day pow at Baker or you at least heard about its insanity. Regardless of the situation you understand that these conditions aren’t normal for November and this experience can’t be passed.
Unfortunately time machines haven’t been released to the general public; this potential reality can’t be relived. However, this doesn’t overshadow the fact that November 19 at Stevens Pass reminded me of classic mid-season conditions in the Northwest. Walking to the lift, the sound of avi bombs put a smile on my face as they rumbled through the mountains; a bizarre resonance on opening day. Even the patrol dogs were confused as to what month it was as they peacefully ran around in training.
By mid afternoon, the crowds subsided due to extreme leg fatigue. They retreated to the lodge for a cold Stevens Pass brew as flakes continued to stack. With snow in the forecast for the rest of the weekend and additional lifts sure to open around Washington, there is plenty of lift accessible powder to be had. So cancel weekend plans and or meetings and be a part of the best opening season the nation has seen for years. After all you only live once and until time machines are patented by one luck mother effer, you better take advantage of these great opportunities in real time.