Season Opener: A Wet Whiteout on Stevens Pass

The deserted base area at Stevens Pass.

Anytime you can ski on Thanksgiving, it’s a bonus.

The SkiZer scored Day 1 of the season at Stevens Pass in a whiteout. It had snowed about 10 inches, and it dumped all day.

With the ski area still closed, the SkiZer hit the slopes about 9:30 a.m. and climbed to the top of Big Chief Mountain. Coverage was extremely thin on the lower slopes and there were many bogs and stream crossings to negotiate. On top of Big Chief, three feet of heavy, wet snow covered the terrain.

SkiZer on top of Big Chief Mountain.

It looked good, but with no base to speak of, skis constantly hit rocks, sticks and trees under the new snow.

Others were out for the Turkey Day ski. One poor soul took a run off of Aquarius face and hit rocks all the way down. He advised against skiing it and the SkiZer graciously stayed away.

The run down afforded a few turns and one huge header when my skis dipped into a mud hole. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a day on skis, and that’s something to be thankful for.

Day 1: Nov. 24 at Stevens Pass

  • Vertical for the day: 4,500 feet
  • Vertical for the season: 4,500 feet
A boulder field near the Tye Mill Chair could use some snow.
A skier hoofs it on the ridge near the Jupiter Chair at Stevens Pass.

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