Up at the mountain today, it’s going to be a nice day of spring skiing both in the resorts and in the backcountry, although the high clouds may make the light a little flat. If you didn’t check the skihood website yesterday, you missed a crazy day up there. A rare downslope windstorm shut everything, including the ballroom carpet, down for most of the day.
I know I’m a weather dork, but it was very cool, and I wish I’d been up there to see it. 60-80 mph wind coming straight down the mountain, 8% humidity, trees falling, lifts swinging… sounds like my kind of fun. And rare… a sight to see….
Speaking of wind, that was a great three-day stretch on the water, and now you get a chance to rest. Well, it’s not like most of you are sailing yet anyway… there were about 8 of us at the Hatchery yesterday for a beautiful 3.5 day. Where are you people?
Low teen westerlies this morning will pick up a bit out of the west this afternoon as a front approaches. We’ll see gusty 17-20 from Stevenson down to Hood River late in the day, hopefully before dark. After the front passes tomorrow, we’ll see gusty 17-20 from Hood river east. Sunday looks light.
The lack of strong wind isn’t bad, because today through Sunday is the Cherry Blossom Classic cycling race out in The Dalles. This year they have both pros and ams, so go support the race by spectating and buying t-shirts and cheering. Check out their website for volunteer opportunities and race information!
Coming up this weekend on Saturday there’s the annual Post Canyon trail cleanup, where you might find lots of ketchup bottles like Mayor Babitz did last year, and there’s also the Arbor Day celebration at Hood River’s Waterfront Park. On Saturday and Sunday, Maupin hosts the Deschutes River Valley Time Trial Stage Race, the only one of its kind in the country.
Have an awesome day today!