LATEST NEWS FOR 2014
Updated Thursday, 3-05-19-2014
We will update this page as news comes
in or we have schedule changes to announce during the season.
REMEMBER YOUR SEASON PASSES!
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ARRIVES THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!
SPRING YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD!!
Although it was still snowing up here on the
Pass at the beginning of the week, it is also raining. We will be
watching the weather forecasts very closely as we get closer to the weekend
to determine how this weekend will work. At this time, all programs
are GO! If Mother Nature should decide to mess with our plans, any
schedule changes will be sent out to you via email. The forecasts for
the weekend indicate that the rain should let up considerably over the
weekend, so we anticipate a very doable weekend for lessons.
Just come prepared for all possible conditions!
This Saturday night we will be springing
forward to Daylight Savings time - so Sunday lessons will begin at 11
o'clock Daylight Savings time. We
will be reminding our staff of this as well!
PLEASE PUT YOUR CHILD’S NAME ON
THEIR SKIS. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL INCIDENTS WHERE KIDS ENDED UP WITH
SKIS THAT LOOKED JUST LIKE THEIRS BUT THE BINDINGS WERE NOT ADJUSTED PROPERLY.
THIS, IN THE PAST, has been the cause of INJURIES!
NAMES GO ON CLEAN DRY SKIS EASILY WITH DUCT TAPE AND A SHARPIE PEN! WE
HAVE THESE AT COMMAND CENTRAL (and lots of paper towels for
the dry part of this recipe) and would be glad to share them with you.
ACROSS THE BOARD, PUT YOUR NAME
ON ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING YOU BRING TO THE MOUNTAIN OR IT MAY END UP AT
SOMEONE ELSE’S HOUSE.
We have increasing numbers of skis that are
getting mixed up with "lookalikes". Parents are coming in to
report their child's skis are missing or have been swapped in increasing
numbers. This is very discouraging! If you child's skis do not have
their names on them, there isn't much we can do for you.
If your child has skis that look like these
in the picture below, please check them to make sure they are the correct
size and are actually theirs! Especially if you come up for lessons on
These little skis are
112 cm long and the bindings are Marker 4.5s. They need their owner to
come claim them! Please check your child' skis to make sure you have
the right little Pink K2s.
Here is the
story: Several weekends ago skis, WITHOUT NAMES ON THEM,
got swapped, and now we have a child skiing on
skis with bindings that are not adjusted properly for them. This
could cause grave injury if the bindings are adjusted to a heavier child or
more aggressive skier or even if they are not and the bindings release too
easily for the child. This ski swap may have happened in Kyle's Sunday
class. So any parent of a child in Kyle's Sunday class whose child has
pink K2s, should check VERY carefully to make sure they have the correct
My most heartfelt thanks goes to those
who put names on their belongings!
.PLEASE REMEMBER TO LET US KNOW IF YOUR POWDERPIG IS
GOING TO BE ABSENT! This
helps us get the classes out on time and makes the makeup program possible
WE NOW HAVE VERY HOT WATER ON THE MAIN FLOOR FOR
TEA AND NOODLES -
It is in the blue container sitting by the
Thanks to all of you who responded so
generously to our plea for the kitchen's being exclusively for the use of
instructors and their families during lunch, between 1 and 2 PM.
It made a big difference in the classes getting back out on time after
lunch. The instructors appreciate being able to get
their own children fed and rested, so they too can enjoy the afternoon part
of their classes.
When we have more snow in the forecast for
the weekend: it is very important to remember that when it is snowing, the roofs slide
regularly and this brings me to an important reminder - when the snow
collects on the roof and finally reaches the "release point" it comes
down with avalanche density & often a great big bang! (not light a
fluffy as one would wish) This could
seriously injure someone underneath. No one enjoys getting clobbered
on the back of the head and neck by a couple of pounds of snow, let alone
many hundreds of pounds of consolidated snow! It is for this reason we
banners to warn people of the risk. Please help your children
understand the roof line danger rules! Look up when you get here to
see if the roof is loaded (usually when it has been snowing, but sometimes
the roofs "save up" and build snow on them - very picturesque, but
downright dangerous!) and look up to see where the roof fall-lines are so you can help
your kids to stay our from under them.
PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR SLEDS, BOARDS AND SKIS ACROSS OR ON THE OTHER
SIDE OF THE TAPES OUT IN FRONT OF THE PIGPEN and never, ever on top of the
tape! Do NOT lean sleds or anything else on the
Please keep your children on the safe side of these warning lines. It
is really up to all us big guys to teach the little guys to respect those
boundaries - it may save your child's life later on, if you support them in
this while they are little. Serious injuries have occurred & lives
have been lost because of ignored boundary banners/tapes. I have
far too many stories from my last 50 years on this Pass to ignore or just
blow off these concerns. Thank you all for your help with keeping
ALL our children safe!
When you email us about your child,
(absences, makeups, concerns, classes etc.) please be
sure to give us your child's full name, first and last.
Because so many of our kids do not share a last name with the parent who is
emailing us, this has become a real issue.
All too often, the parent emailing us
forgets we don't have all our student's names learned yet nor do we
have them all connected to their various parents! Often, we end up with a great mystery
which must be solved in order to take care of the request, before we can act
on the request from the parent - this can delay our
solving any problems and getting back to you. Thanks in advance for your help with
Please put the subject of your message in the
"subject line" . i.e. "Absence", "class change
"Make up" etc. Thanks to all of
you who already do these things!!
LOST AND FOUND NEWS! This week it is
all about swapped skis - see above. Thanks!
It is important to remember to bring your
family's season passes,
to every lesson. In
the unfortunate event someone in your family should forget to bring their
season pass, there is a one time only "Oooops! I forgot my season
pass" ticket, which is available to season pass holders, but not
convenient to pick up. You must go to Customer Service down at the
base of Silver Fir to get one of those. We do not have these tickets
available in our ticket booth in the Pigpen. This year the Area asks us to have our
students use a lanyard for their season passes. Many of the parkas
have a little window on the sleeve, but these windows can fog up which does
not allow the Area
to scan the pass, so they ask us to use the lanyards. We have a great
supply of these lanyards and they are free! Just ask for them at the
ticket window in the Pigpen. Thanks so much for your help with this.
If you discover your Powderpig has outgrown
the parka you intended to use this year, parkas are still available at the
Pigpen during lessons. Just bring your checkbook!
Parkas are $85/ parka.
DONATIONS OF OUTGROWN SKI CLOTHES NEEDED! If you discover you have outgrown
long johns, mittens, socks, t-necks, fleeces, sweaters, bib warm ups etc. and are willing to donate
them to the Powderpig "Oooops! I forgot my parka, or got my self wet"
collection - for those kids who find themselves in need of a change during lessons - we
always appreciate those donations!! After week 4 of lessons, we
discovered we are in particular need of more longjohns. Thanks, in advance for anything
you can share. These items can save a good skiing/snowboarding day for
a Powderpig! And big thanks to you who have already shared important
clothing items. They have already saved the day for some kids this
USEFUL WEATHER AND ROAD CONDITION NUMBERS AND WEB SITES:
Besides our <powderpigs.com>
website, there are a few more very useful numbers and websites to have.
The I-90 Traveler with its current conditions and forecasts graphically
displayed along with the web cam
Pictures right on one page!
(this is my favorite source of information about the roads and weather!)
and road conditions as it is understood by the Summit at Snoqualmie
(this has become an
increasingly valuable resource)(& is my next favorite source of
DOT ROAD CONDITIONS:# 511 – especially useful on your way up for late
breaking news about what is going on
I-90 (an excellent source of information, but just without the pictures
SECURITY ALERT: Never, ever leave
anything in your vehicle that you don't want stolen. ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME
This is especially true of money and credit cards
(no matter how stealth you are in hiding them in your vehicle, you may might
not know you have been ripped off until your cc is maxed out and you didn't
do it), as well as computers, and other attractive electronics, Skis &
Snowboards and other gear. Don't take a chance! These guys are
real pros and they are organized.
YOUR SEASON PASSES!!! REMEMBER YOUR SEASON PASSES~~~REMEMBER YOUR