Snowstorm and too much wind in the Pacific Northwest defined the ski weekend

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 23, 2009 7:12 am

Last week, the record snowfall in Whistler for November was officially broken. That trend continued over the weekend for the entire Pacific Northwest region, from Whistler down to Mt. Bachelor in Oregon. The blizzard was welcome to skiers and snowboarders, but the heavy winds were not so much. Mt. Hood Meadows and White Pass couldn’t open their lifts on Sunday due to 100 mph winds! However, despite the wind, riders and skiers were having a blast this weekend. Said Holly Lipert, communications manager for the Summit at Snoqualmie Pass: “It’s been amazing. It’s great skiing. Another 6 inches has dumped since 5 a.m., and it’s so early in the season for powder.”

The storm over the weekend dumped about three feet of snow in 72 hours. Roads required chains to drive on, making the commute to the ski areas difficult, but Lipert added, “it’s challenging to get here, but worth it. We’re sitting in a picture perfect snow globe.”

Let’s hope Mother Nature keeps smiling on the Pacific Northwest, and extends that grin onto the Rockies and beyond!