LATEST NEWS FOR 2013
Updated Monday, 11-25-2013
We will update this page as news comes
in or we have schedule changes to announce during the season.
Although the Saturday and Sunday programs are
now full, there is still room in the Friday evening classes and the Mid Week
Program. Snowboard classes are still open on Saturdays and Sundays as
well as Friday evenings.
The parent nights for our new Powderpig
parents will be held on Tuesday, December 10, for the parents of first year
preschoolers and on Wednesday, Dec. 11 for the parents of first year school
One of these
meetings is strongly recommended for all first year Powderpig parents and
are downright mandatory for parents of first year preschoolers. They
are not recommended for children. If you are unable to attend one of these
meetings, please let us know.
The parkas should be through customs by the
middle of the week after Thanksgiving. We will be sending out the
parka "pick 'em up" coupons as soon as we have them in the stores ready for
pick up. The stores are: Gerk's Ski in Issaquah, Gerk's in old
downtown Redmond and Alpine Hut on 15th in Seattle.
Student Season Pass: If you are registered and have received your
confirmation but not the application for the discounted student season pass
for your confirmed student, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Be sure to check your junk mail folder before your email us. Sometimes
notices like that go into those nefarious folders.
The Instructor Training Program is wending
its way through Kid Tech and we are rapidly approaching On Snow Clinics in
the beginning of December. We have a wonderful crew of new instructor
candidates this fall. Many of them are little Powderpigs all grown up
and some of them are returning instructors from days gone by! It is
not too late to sign up for the instructor training intensive that will be
held on the mountain during the first part of December. If you might
be interested, be sure to email us at email@example.com.
Happy News from the mountain: The new
Silver Fir Lodge which will be very handy for families of our more advanced
Powderpigs during lunch, is nearing completion! The inside finishing
touches are taking place as we wait for the snow to fall. Food service will be
available in our new lodge. According to the area, it should be open for the 2014
season. The reason we mention "more advanced Powderpigs" is because the hike
down to the Lodge is considerable for a small child and after lunch, a ride
up the Silver Fir Chair and a pretty advanced ski down will be necessary to
get back to the Pigpen for lessons. If your Powderpig isn't
comfortable on the big chair runs, the trip back might leave them downright
exhausted - and thus make participation in the afternoon part of the class
difficult. This new Lodge will reduce the traditional lunch time
crunch in the Pigpen when the weather is not picnic perfect.
This picture is from late July - lots has happened
Now with the lights on, windows in & landscaping in
all we need is snow!
The snow has begun to fall on the mountain
already, although we have a way to go before we have enough of a snow pack
for the Area to open and skiing and snowboarding begin. According to
an old Norwegian tradition, which in the last 50 years has held pretty true
for our mountains as well, it must snow (and melt) at least 5 times before
the snow will get serious and stick for the winter. We are about
to get snow storm #2 so it seems it is time to begin to seriously "THINK
Also new on the mountain are our new bright
red roofs on both the little Pigpen and the big Pigpen. We will be
bright and shiny this winter. This will help us keep warm and dry!
The picture below is of the Little Pigpen and now the new red roof is also
on the Big Pigpen, our ski school lodge. Just in time for the snow to
In August, the area spent the month working
hard on our favorite chairlift, making sure that it is in tip-top working
order for our little Powderpigs. Here they have been ensuring every
screw and bolt is nice and tight and every chair in good repair. Now
the chairs are all rehung with great care and we are ready for the snow.
We are all very excited to meet our new ski
school families and see our old friends and know that a winter full of fun skiing friendships and
experiences are on the way!
We are also in the process of redesigning the
classes for the more advanced students and going through all the information
we collected during the season last year in order to do a good job of it.
Thanks to all of you who shared your insights and thoughts with us last
DONATIONS WANTED! 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 during lessons - we
always appreciate those donations!! Thanks, in advance for anything
you can share. These items can save a good skiing/snowboarding day for
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!
and road conditions as it is understood by the Summit at Snoqualmie
(this has become an
increasingly valuable resource)(& is my very favorite source of
DOT ROAD CONDITIONS:# 511 – especially useful on your way up for late
breaking news about what is going on
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.