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!
It looks like the hot, dry weather is going to stick around for another week or so, with light wind through the Gorge. If you’re wondering about the details, we’ll see west wind in the 5-10 range today. Tomorrow we’ll see very light west wind in the 5-10 range. On Saturday, east winds return, but they’ll be light, near 10 mph. And then on Sunday, the easterlies pick up just a bit, blowing in the 10-15 range.
If you look at the sky to the east right now, it’s a bit ugly from convection that developed last night. There aren’t any strong thunderstorms, but if you want to track the systems, you can track storms to your heart’s content here
Anyway, that forecast means that if you’re looking to kite or windsurf, you’re going to need to go to the coast. The north and central coasts see 19-23 today, with higher gusts. Combine that with an 8 foot swell at 12 seconds, and you’re looking at a pretty good day at the ocean for kiting and windsurfing.
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If you’re sticking around here, it’s post and pint night at Dirty Fingers Bike Repair. Head to the shop at 5:30 for a very hot ride through Post Canyon, followed by cold beers at the shop. For you dirt bikers and quad riders, local forests are now at industrial precaution level 3, and that means motorized use is prohibited at this time. So, join with the mountain bikers and the firefighters in praying for some rain.
If you’re a kayaker, there’s the Redsides River Rodeo on the Mackenzie river this weekend and a rodeo on the Tieton next weekend. Show up and participate, and you’re guaranteed some great prizes from the sponsors.
Have an awesome day today!
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