Although our home ski hill, Crystal Mountain, will be open for spring/summer skiing until at least mid-June, we’re nearing the end of the winter ski season here in the Cascades. Some snow will still fall, of course, but the majority of cold powder days are behind us. Soon the long, slow process of melting the 10+ feet of compacted snow blanketing the mountain.
Judging purely by the numbers, it was a marginally below-average winter: 436″ of snow have fallen to date, shy of our 486″ average. November & December were great, and by Christmas we had a mid-winter snowpack. A prolonged dryish spell in January & February brought the season back down to Earth, and we’ve had sporadic storms since- in typical fashion, March & early April featured some of the season’s best days.
Of course, 436 inches is still a respectable amount of snow, and compared to some other parts of the country we’ve had a decent winter – certainly nothing to complain about. More snow is in the forecast, so we may yet reach our season average.
I’ve written about Crystal in the past, so I won’t go into many details here. Instead, I thought I’d share some of my favorite photos we took there this year. Enjoy.