November 27, not even December yet, and there are 6 foot snow packs at a couple of the Oregon ski areas. A great start to 2006-07!

The drive up to Mt. Hood was one of the coldest and snowiest I have experienced in quite a long time, with snow sticking as low as Sandy. My friend and I knew we were in for a real treat! We pulled into the Mt. Hood Skibowl parking lot around 4 pm.

Skibowl reported 10″ today (Monday) with temps in low 20’s. Saturday’s report was very similar (a bit warmer, 30 deg.) and Sunday’s report showed 6″ of new snow with low temps…that’s 26″ of snow in 3 days, with the last two days’ temps in the low 20’s…this is what Oregon winters are all bout!!

We were on the slopes at about 4:30 and playing in knee-deep powder for the next several hours, until our legs begged for a break. Football on the TV in the Skibowl restaurant, smiles on all the skiers and riders faces and snow dropping outside, not much more you could want on a Monday night!

We explored the entire mountain. Upper Bowl had the deep untouched fluff that created walls of snow when you sprayed it right – Face Shots – as powder hounds call ‘em. After several of those turns, you have to stop to gather your bearings and see where you are in your line.

Multorpor had great groomed runs, and the walls on each side of the grooms were stacked high with fresh powder. If you have ever skied or ridden that side of Skibowl, you know what walls I am talking about. You can create natural jibs everywhere and can also treat the walls like surfer waves and carve until your tired. My body exhausted before the potential fresh tracks did.

There’s more up there; it’s your turn.

Jerry K.

Editor’s Note: Jerry Krieg is the Director of Marketing for our partner SkiOregon ; his column “Jerry’s Powder Dispatch” will appear all ski season and chronicles Jerry’s inexplicable need for fresh powder.

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