By Greg Whittaker
Mountain to Sound Outfitters
As winter kicks into full gear, people are coming into the shop daily getting ready for their first mountain ski or snowboard session in 10 years. Not only has this year been great for snowpack in the NW, it is getting people out into the mountains which is one of the reasons we who work in the industry are involved. It's healthier than staying in the grey dreary lowlands.
The warm front which broke the freeze down here in town was pretty eventful in the mountains as well. A massive inversion led to freezing rain up high, strange deep groppel, and dense heavy snow down low. Mt Baker received 20 inches for Fridays opening. Layers of unstable snow may be observed and those of you headed into the backcountry need to proceed with knowledge on aspect and potential slide layers.