We're in a high-pressure reset. I can't remember the last time that all five ski resorts in the Inland Northwest opened prior to Thanksgiving. Individually, some have been luckier than others to hit that feat. But this year, they were all able to open the week or weeks prior to the holiday with reports of some of the most phenomenal opening conditions in history.
At the Inlander's Winter Party last month, we found a lot of really stoked skiers, preparing for their weekend adventures on the mountain. Excitement was high and continued throughout the event as the snow continued to fall in the mountains that weekend, and each resort checked off their opening day for the season.
Well, it was a tease from Mother Nature and Ullr as they reset the conditions back to what is more typical of this time of year. We have seen everything, so far, and technically, it is not even winter yet. Snow in the valleys, rain in the mountains, cold high-pressure systems and deep powder days. The good news for skiers and snowboarders is the season is just beginning. There are still four months left and some of the best days are yet to come.
As we look forward to the next couple of months, there are many events and activities at each of the local resorts to get you up into the hills. Check out our calendar of events for listings and details. The days will start getting longer which means days on the mountain get longer, especially with the redevelopment of our ski legs. The long-term forecast is looking good for this season — awesome news for Inland Northwest outdoor adventurers. Now is the time to dust those boards off and make your way to the mountains.
Happy holidays and see you on the mountain!
— JEN FORSYTH