The 2017/2018 winter season is shaping up to be a good one in the Northwest. The Fall weather snapped cold quickly this year with mid-November storms transitioning to snow at elevations above 4,500 feet. For a normal snow season we’re lucky to be riding by Thanksgiving, so the November 18th opening preview weekend at Mt. Hood Meadows this year felt like a treat.
With 10 inches of fresh, unsettled snow, resting on top of a 2-3ft base, conditions were prime for dusting off the cobwebs just as quickly as mother nature has been move. Kelso and I lapped the singles lines all day cranking out a ton of really fun laps. No core shots, only face shots for this opener. Wind lips, face plants, butt checks and some quality air time, we ripped it up until 1pm when the sun had baked the snow and our legs told us to quit.
Add in the clearing skies and some amazing mid-days views to make it a very memorable opening day. It felt like we hadn’t missed a beat from last season which was also nice. And as good as it was, good things don’t last for long. A big warm front approaches the Northwest for Thanksgiving so the excitement to ride will need to be put on hold again until the weather patterns shift.