Now that the kids are back in school, the nights are cooling off, and the tourists are starting to leave the Gorge, it’s time to think skiing and snowboarding. Meadows passes are now on sale for the you-don’t-need-three-friends price of $499. Included in that price is the new Stadium Express lift (use your imagination and giggle when you realize the only possible abbreviation for that lift), eliminating the need for you to use the cattle crossing to Star (snowboarders, cheer loudly). The new lift gets you over to Star, HRM and Heather (it tops out at the same spot as Heather) without waiting in the MHX line. At this point, we’re looking at a weak La Nina or a neutral year, meaning average (450”) or better (max=830”) snowfall. I’ll do the statistical analysis and get back to you. Buy your season pass now!
Today looks quite windy, as a weak system passes over Oregon. Generally this makes the wind pretty gusty, but it’s still going to blow 25-27 this morning near Hood River, given the .12 gradient at 5am. Then it’s probably going to pick up to 28-32 for an hour or two, before the strongest wind shifts to Stevenson and Arlington this afternoon. Or maybe we’ll get lucky, and the standard frontal passage silliness won’t happen today. I’d get on the water early, if you can, just in case.
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That system’s passage leaves the western Gorge buried in clouds tomorrow morning. We’ll see 23-26 near Hood River early, with 26-29 from Rowena east in the morning. In the afternoon, we’ll see 25-28 from Hood River to Maryhill, with the wind fading in the eastern Gorge. The west wind backs off a bit on Friday, but we’ll still see 17-20 in the western Gorge.
This evening’s after work entertainment includes the Post and Pinot mountain bike ride out of Dirty Fingers Bike Repair at 5:30. That’s a girls only ride. Boys, your ride is the Post and Pint tomorrow. Also this evening, for all genders, is the Kayak Shed’s shop paddle and the fall sailboat race series out of the Hood River Marina.
Coming up this weekend, on Sunday, it’s Dog Days at Skibowl, a fundraiser for Oregon Guide Dogs for the Blind. I know lots of you have dogs, so take a look at skibowl.com for all the details on this super fun event.
Also on Sunday, it’s our first chance for rain in a long while (okay, there’s a minuscule chance on Thursday night, but Sunday is our first real chance), so cross your fingers for our firefighters and for our bike trails. And for the chanterelles. And boletes.
Have an awesome day today!
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