Monday, November 28, 2011

The start of a family tradition??

Thanksgiving weekend brought the Wegners to Summit Meadow Cabins for their first family visit. It's hard to tell who is having the most fun.

Polly made my day by thanking us for providing this kind of an opportunity for folks to enjoy the snow while staying in the comfort of our cozy cabins. She wasn't surprised to learn that many of our guests have established family traditions, visiting for 20 years or more on the same date every year.

Conditions were great this weekend considering it was November and our first real "dump" of the winter.

We still have Dec weekends available (including Christmas in our smaller cabins). Check out the AVAILABILITY page on the Blog for the most current openings.

Hope to see you at Summit Meadows.

Wendy & Dave

Monday, November 21, 2011

What's coming next?????

We had a couple of inches on the ground and then between last Thursday afternoon and Sat morning we received over 2 feet of new snow as you can see from the photo of our Chimney Rock Aframe to the right.

Over the weekend there was a great single track used by both cross country skiers and snowshoers from the Trillium SnoPark and around the lake. The route was well covered. The access from the Still Creek Snopark via Hemlock trail still needs more snow for xc skiers.

We need more snow cover before any machine snow trail grooming can begin. The new 2 plus feet of snow is already consolidating and will pack down to considerably less. The forecast is calling for rain (and LOTS of it ) at this elevation midweek, then more snow. Even rain will help consolidate the snow and contribute to the base,as long as it doesn't all melt away.

So....we'll see what comes next.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

We've got least today

The recent storm has dumped enough snow on the ground for a 6 inch+ accumulation and it looks like it might be the beginning of a good base.
Here's what it looked like earlier this am on our trusty snocat which is ready and waiting to start snow trail grooming once we have enough.
The forecast calls for more snow at this elevation later this week. So there's a good chance the snow gates will be closed and Thanksgiving weekend could be the start of the cross country ski and snowshoe season at Summit Meadow. Stay tuned.....

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Is there enough snow yet?

Currently there is an inch or two on the ground and the road surfaces have melted out. We'll see what next week brings. As soon as there is a snow resource, the Forest Service will be locking the snow gates at the top of Trillium Lake Road as well as the road into Still Creek Campground.
The forecasters are predicting another cold and wet winter and the snow levels are dropping. We are that transition period of snow, rain, sun, cold, more snow, rain and typically the snow wins out. Usually we have about a 50% chance of being snowed in by Thanksgiving (sometimes literally on Thanksgiving day) .
Our three larger cabins are booked on weekends from Dec 2 through mid-March.
The week between Christmas and New Years is also booked in all cabins except for a two night stay in the Chimney Rock Aframe arriving Mon, Dec 26 and departing Wednesday, Dec 28.
Thinking of a special Christmas celebration? Currently, the 3 smaller cabins are available for a two night or more stay including Christmas day.
We do have weekend openings in one or both of the 2 smaller cabins (Falls Creek Aframe and Mineral Creek) the first three weekends in December as well as a few weekends in January and February.
Select March weekends are available in the Mineral Cr Cabin as well as the Falls Creek and Chimney Rock Aframes.
March and early April are generally a GREAT time to visit as the days are longer, the weather milder, the crowds die down and typically we have PLENTY of snow.
Pay for 2 winter midweek nights (Sun - Thurs), the 3rd is FREE!
Add Mon or Thurs night to your weekend for 1/2 the regular price.