It doesn’t take a psychic to know we’re in for another long season. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has officially announced their prediction of another miracle season.
The mountains have their calendars scheduled all the way into April and my hopes are high for another late season where I can shred and wake surf in the same day, dry suit granted.
For those of us tweaking out after the tease of light snowfall a few weeks ago, opening day is scheduled to be near Thanksgiving for all but Lookout Pass, which has released the classic statement, “Whenever there is sufficient snow.”
Don’t let that fool you, Lookout Pass was the first place to open last year, proudly bearing uncovered treetops and rocks. It was a painful day in the terrain park, a full day of Lava Monster with the uncovered trees, and more importantly, a day to use your old board.
This year’s season is packed with rail competitions in this area. For those of you who know how to method, get yourself bent with the “At the Haus” rail jam series and the “Night Under the Stars” series Jan. 6, at Silver Mountain Resort. For those of you who need some practice, get out there and jib some rails after the next snowfall.
Don’t forget about Toyota Ski Free Days at 49 Degrees North and Silver Mountain, and Toyota Ski Free Week at 49 the last week of the season.
For all you backcountry badasses, the deadline to cash in on Schweitzer’s phenomenal season pass deal is Nov. 30. The damage is $299, regularly $499. College passes also qualify for $15 tickets at Red Mountain. The choice is obvious.
Palmerton, Pennsylvania found itself on the map as the hottest place in the country to shred this year when Blue Mountain Resort was discovered by Transworld Snowboarding magazine. With its three terrain parks, a 350-foot long half pipe and a snowcross trail, it is obvious this hill has taken steroids once or twice.
For its 33 runs, there are nine lifts, consisting of the only detachable high-speed six-pack lift in the area, which couldn’t be more necessary with a longest run of 6,400 feet. The backcountry is something to drop your jaw at.
Watch the documentary about all those who’ve gone missing on this mountain before you get too cocky. If you’re like me, this makes it all the more appealing, but prepare for the worst. Obey the closure signs and learn your backcountry basics. Visit skibluemt.com for prices and directions.
All dates are subject to change due to lack of sufficient snow.