Today is going to be a beautiful day, with high temperatures reaching 65-70 degrees in the Hood River Valley. It’s the last day of full operations at Meadows. They’re open two more weekends for limited operations, but today’s your last day for the whole mountain. Today is also customer appreciation day at Skibowl, with free lift tickets all day long from 9 ‘til 4. It looks like tomorrow will bring some high clouds to the valley and mountain in the afternoon, with a couple of inches of snow above 4000’ tonight. After tomorrow, everything should start to corn up, so I’m thinking St. Helens later this week.
The daily double is out of the picture today. The wind through the Gorge is very light this morning, and will stay light today. A cold front pushes in tomorrow, dropping the snow level from 8000’ to about 3500’ during the day. Models are all over the place with the wind forecast, but this type of situation usually gives pretty strong wind. I think we’ll see 16-19 from Stevenson to Arlington in the morning. By noon or so, wind from Rowena eastward should be blowing in the 24-28 range, with a chance of 28-32 at The Wall and Roosevelt.
It looks like the westerlies will continue on Tuesday, with mid-twenties from Hood River to The Dalles and a little less wind elsewhere.
In other news, today is the Bear Spring cross-country mountain bike race over at McCubbins Gulch. It’s also your chance to get a free acupuncture treatment at Gorge Community Acupuncture in Hood River.
If you want to go boating or rafting, the Wind River is in. It’s running in the high 5’s. The White Salmon is at 3 ¾, and the Hood is just over 5 feet.
I will be working at the mountain until 4pm today, so please go out and do something fun for me!
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