What a season it has been so far! We've had two intense cold snaps, enjoyed an endless inversion that kept the mountains high above the fog and in the sunshine for what seemed like weeks, and a handful of deep powder days — the latter not quite in the epic proportions that we're used to in the Inland Northwest. Even though it seems that the snow has eluded our region this season, several resorts in Washington, Idaho and Montana are still registering on Top 30 deepest snowpack lists from around the U.S.
But the weather from the season's first two months is in the past, so let's look forward to the season's remaining two and half months. This time of year brings some of the best events to local hills, with spring carnivals, ski- and snowboard-themed fundraisers and a postseason favorite, the LEADMAN Triathlon, featuring downhill skiing, biking and running, an exciting event for spectators and participants alike.
The Olympics are in full swing, satiating our inner children who dreamed of being ski racers, terrain-park tricksters and half-pipe exhibitionists. Spring is synonymous with bluebird powder days and corn skiing. The days are getting longer, powder chasers are planning road trips and the sun seems to be kissing our faces, giving skiers and snowboarders their badge of honor, the goggle tan.
This, the last Snowlander issue, is always a tough one: There's still so much more of the ski season left, yet it's the final issue until the fall. Continue to follow us on Facebook for events and industry happenings.
Remember, it's never too late to pray for snow! Some of the best powder days are in the spring, so keep those snow dances up. Hope to see you on the hill!