Good morning. Yes, the gradient is at .13 and it’s windy at Stevenson. No, you may not go windsurfing or kiting. It’s freezing out there. 6 degrees in Hood River right now.
Up on the mountain, it’s 9 at the base and 15 up top. Compared to the valleys, that’s balmy, so you might as well go skiing. I went to Meadows yesterday to check out the conditions for today’s snow report. I expected a horrid mix of ice, blue ice, and hardpack. I was pleasantly surprised. The groom is in perfect shape, as good as I’ve ever seen, with no ice to be found (and I looked). Bill Kline emailed me last night to tell me the same thing. Seriously, I was blown away by how good it is up there. So, I suggest you put some cold wax on your skis or snowboard and head to your favorite ski slope. Don't trust me? Well, trust this: it's horrid off the groom. Awful. But on the groom, it's epic. Believe me now?
The parks are in good shape too, and the Superpipe at Meadows is superfun.
I haven’t been on my mountain bike in a few days, because I’m a cold weather wimp. However, I’m going to suggest you ride Post now if you don’t want to wait until spring. There’s a good chance we’ll see snow or freezing rain in the Gorge on Saturday. If we don’t, the following thaw will turn the hard-frozen trails into mush until the weather either dries out or freezes again. So, bundle up and hit Post today and tomorrow.
Back to the mountain, it looks like we’ll see snow starting late Friday, and continuing through Tuesday, assuming it doesn’t warm up too much up there. There is a slight chance of that, but at this point, I’m thinking we’re about to get a couple feet of new snow. But seriously, don’t wait for the pow… go get the groom now. I had so much fun up there yesterday….
Have a great day today!