Update Friday 12/21 noon:
The mountain is nothing like you remember it like from last Saturday. We've had three storms since with over five feet of snow, much of it very cold. Private Reserve opened Wednesday and it's just a matter of time before Heather opens.
Expect temperatures in the low 20's tomorrow with sustained winds around 15 for a wind chill of about 10 degrees. We'll get some snow but not much.
School's out which will mean longer lift lines and more cars in the parking lot. We'll leave right at 7 AM to make sure we can park in the main lot.
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The 15th was another nice day on the mountain. The storm was on it's way in so the wind was picking up. It snowed much of the day but for a while the snow had a mix of freezing rain which was kind of annoying. Nice group.
It looks as if the storm is coming in as strong as it has promised for the past 2-3 days. 9” in the past 24 hours as this is written at 9 AM Sunday with 30+ more inches coming in the next 48 hours accompanied by heavy winds. Meadows isn't talking but I wouldn't be surprised if the resort has to close tomorrow or at least limit the number of lifts running due to the heavy winds. Gusts could reach 75 MPH. Tuesday is almost guaranteed to be by far the best day of the season so far. If your plans already include playing hookey a few times this season Tuesday would be a good day as day number one. Current models show precipitation with the freezing level at sea level so maybe we'll see some snow in Portland Tuesday night? Looking slightly forward to next weekend it appears that we'll be in between storms but that the freezing level should stay low so the snow should be nice.
Below is an description of the event and a disclaimer. Please read once. It will not change much from week to week. The description last edited[masked]
Number of members who can attend: We are limited by the number of drivers. As more drivers sign up more seats will be made available. The people on the waiting list will automatically be moved up.
Meeting place: We meet in the SE corner of the parking structure at the Gateway Transit Center. I drive a Maroon BMW and am easy to spot. For some reason a number of people have had a hard time finding us so please make sure you are in the right place. If you are concerned about finding us feel free to email me earlier in the week and I'll send you my phone number so that you can call the day of the event if need be.
Riding up: There is no need to arrange rides prior to arriving at Gateway. We'll always drive the fewest possible number of cars to the mountain and will divide up at Gateway. No one will be left behind. Be on time, though. We don't wait for stragglers.
Gas money: Each rider pays $15 to the driver for each trip. Please have cash ready and offer to the driver without him/her having to ask.
On the mountain: Most of us prefer to ski/board with others. Once at Meadows we meet up by the outside ticket booth and group up according to skill level. You can of course take off on you own if you prefer.
Helmets save lives. Please wear one.
Disclaimer: While this is a regular Meetup event it is not “led” in the same way we might be used to having Meetup events led. I'll see you long enough to get you in a car at Gateway and possibly again at Meadows long enough to get you hooked up with a group but unless you are skiing with me we will have limited contact. Each person needs to self manage, come prepared for the weather conditions and ski/board according to his/hers ability.
As with User Agreements on the Internet that we all click on but never read hundreds if not thousands of event organizers around the country have event participants sign boiler plate liability waivers prior to events that aren't read by the participants. I have little faith that those waivers would hold up in court should something unfortunate happen during the event and the organizer get end up in court being sued. In plain language I want to make it real clear that you are participating in this event at your own risk and that by signing up you are releasing the event organizer of all liability. All outdoor events are potentially high risk and you need to use your personal judgement in keeping that risk below your comfort level. You should never do anything you feel might result in injury or worse depending on someones judgement other then your own. Should injury or worse still occur you realize the fault is your own and you agree not to pass the blame to the event organizer or another team member. You may participate in the event only under these conditions.