Hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I last updated the blog. After a very busy summer of biking (over 3300 miles this year!), it’s now time for ski season again.
Mt. Hood Meadows opened Thanksgiving weekend, and the last half of December has been marked by an impressive series of storms. By December 15, we had a 49″ base, and as of right now (December 27), it’s up to 107″!
It is really amazing to have over 100″ before January. Looks like it should be a great season!
Main Canyon at Mt. Hood Meadows from the Blue lift on December 8, 2012.
View of Mt. Hood from the top of the Shooting Star lift on December 14, 2012.
Beautiful view of the clouds below from the top of the Shooting Star lift on December 14, 2012.
Tuesday, December 18, was one of the best powder days I’ve ever had at Meadows. Waist-deep in many spots, and the snow just kept dumping all afternoon long. Hard to ask for anything better (well, maybe having Heather Canyon open, but that’s since been taken care of).
Deep powder day on December 18, 2012.
Untouched powder (waist-deep in many areas!) on December 18, 2012 (untouched except for me!).
This is the view from the Summit lift at Mt. Bachelor on 2-2-2012:
The view of the Sisters from the Summit Lift at Mt. Bachelor on 2-2-2012.
What a beautiful day! After a very slow start to the season, Bachelor had 99 inches of snow in 7 days, building up a really great base. Conditions are good right now, with everything open. While a little new powder wouldn’t hurt, it has still been a decent season so far. A few more photos:
Looking back towards Bend from the Summit Lift at Mt. Bachelor on 2-2-2012.
The sun setting below the upper rim from the Summit Lift at Mt. Bachelor on 2-2-2012.
I finally completed all of my classes for the fall quarter today. Both Contemporary Energy Applications (ECE 530) and Power Electronics (ECE 531) were really good, informative classes, and I learned quite a bit from both. After being back on a quarter system, though, I must admit that I prefer semesters. The short length of each quarter dictates an extremely rapid pace in order to cover enough material, which is not very conducive to learning. Semesters, in my opinion, allow a much more thorough and in-depth examination of the concepts and details being taught, which, when one is talking about advanced-level electrical engineering, is much preferred.
And now that my first quarter as a graduate student is over (except for grading ENGR 201 finals!), I’m looking forward to the winter break. Fortunately, it looks like the next few weeks are shaping up to be cold and wet (which, in the mountains = snow), so the skiing forecast is starting to look much more positive after an initially very slow start. This is the forecast for days 8-14 from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service:
Things are looking really good, with above-normal precipitation and below-normal temperatures. Let’s hope that this is actually what happens!
Of course, there is always an element of chance in predicting the weather, but one can only hope that conditions will end up as nice as last year. The overall weather pattern is trending toward La Niña, which normally bodes well for snow in the mountains. I’m really looking forward to getting out to a variety of ski areas this year. Besides skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows, I am also going to be going to Mt. Bachelor as part of a skiing class that I am taking through OSU. And, of course, I really want to make it back to Crystal this year. There is nothing like standing at the top of Crystal on a beautiful, crisp morning with only a few people around and fresh powder to be enjoyed: