October 27, 2010 – Crystal Mountain Ski Resort

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

So, it finally happened – we got our first big snowfall in the mountains. So, in honor of that, here’s a shot from last season, at Crystal Mountain. This time of year is always tough for me. Every year I tell myself that I’m not going to start watching the webcams at all the ski hills every day, to see if the snow is starting to pile up. Because every year we get a couple storms in late October or early November, but then since it’s still too early (for this part of the country, anyway), it always melts again, and we have to start from scratch. And it crushes my soul. Every year. Every year I tell myself to wait, to just wait until at least mid November to start obsessing over it. But then we get a huge storm rolling through, and I see all the snow on the Olympics to the west, and the Cascades to the east, and it starts the process all over again. Sigh.

This year’s supposed to be a great one through, what with La Nina rolling through and all. La Nina generally predicts cooler and wetter weather than average for the Pacific Northwest. While it’s true that this means there’s a better chance than usual to get some snow days in the city, that’s no guarantee. What IS a guarantee (or darn near to it, anyway) is that there will be greater than usual snowfall in the mountains. Which is awesome! (Mt. Baker, one of the ski areas around here, set a world record for the most snowfall recorded in a single winter among any place on earth, not just ski areas, back in 1998-1999, which was a La Nina year.) They’re saying this is the strongest La Nina since the 1950’s too, so, umm. Yay! I already invested in some low-visibility goggles to get ready for the season, so bring it on! (We’ll be getting a ton of snow this year, but we won’t be seeing the sun too often…)

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/320s, f/14.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 19mm.

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