It’s beautiful out today, but the one thing that’s off the list for today is backcountry skiing and mountaineering. NWAC issued an avalanche forecast for today as the freezing level climbs to 10,000 feet. They expect the danger to continue through the weekend, so if you’d like to ski today, tomorrow or Sunday, your best bet is the resorts. This is the last weekend at Meadows, so if you have a pass, come on up and join me for a few runs on Saturday and Sunday morning!
If you’d like to go windsurfing or kiting in the next few days, your best bet is the coast today, where it’s 15 to 20 knots with a 6 foot swell. The wind backs off on the weekend and a south swell moves in, for fun surfing with highs in the 60’s. In the Gorge, the best chance for wind today and tomorrow is in the afternoon, when thermals blow in the 10-15 range. If we’re lucky, we’ll see 17-19 at Stevenson and in the Corridor this afternoon, but we’re going to have to get very lucky for that to happen. On Sunday, a weak front heads towards Oregon, which should give us stronger west winds.
If you’d like to bike today, it’s going to be great road biking in the light wind and great mountain biking on perfectly tacky trails. My pick for road biking today is Lost Lake. The main road is clear of snow, and it’s a great ride on a warm day. For mountain biking, I have to go with Post Canyon.
Finally, don’t forget that tomorrow is the annual open house at The Dalles Rifle and Pistol Club. 10-2. Free ammo, hot dogs and diet coke.
Have a great day today!