This past Sunday (2/26/17), I woke up finding apx 6+ inches of cold pow, here at 2,600′ in the Central Cascades. After skiing with Jeff Saturday, and finding great snow up high, I was wanting to start the day at Alpental, but it was hard to leave the goods here in the backyard, knowing the BC gates would be most likely delayed. Turns out the Alpental BC gates opened at 2PM, which provided SUPER DEEP SNOW! So, starting the day at Summit East was the right choice even if the steeper terrain was a little scratchy beneath the feather light. If you and you ski partner(s) were thinking of taking a walk in the trees today, you should have a BLAST!
Yesterday, 2/25/2017, Jeff Rich just happened to wake up as Summit West in his Slope Side condo (on wheels 😉 ). So it only made sense to take a walk in search of some fun. We quickly discovered that all South facing slopes, crusty the clown was hanging out. However in the South facing old growth, the snow was money. We decided to shoot for Kendall Peaks, and landed on top of the Right Barrel of the Double Barrel Shotgun Chutes. The snow was knee deep velvet, which rode perfectly and made for a fairly easy boot pack out.
Andrew Eckels, who started helping The Snow Troopers about 6 years ago, came down from Bellingham to help film the 2017 Alpental Vertfest this past weekend (2/18-2/19). Andrew’s plan was to ride up Armstrong Express, just after the start and capture some vid from the lift. Then he skied down Ingrid’s Inspiration getting some ski by shots. After he past the pack, he pointed them for the base area. Before I had a chance to see Andrew and here him tell me about his digger -double ejection, Greg (with the Summit Marketing team) told me about the BLOWUP he witnessed of Eckels! Andrew said he was feeling fine and crushed it all day filming a cheering on the athletes. However, Monday morning when we hit the lifts here at Summit East, his 23 year old body, wasn’t feeling it and we called it quits after a few laps. After seeing the clip below, I can see why Andrew was moving slowly. Hope you’re feeling 100 percent now, Brother!
Here’s a backyard trip Andy and Mike Traslin hit up this past January 17 2017. Sea to Sky ski touring…Hollyburn to Lions Bay.
Presidents’ Day 2017 brought us a little wet dust on crust… Wishful thinking had me leaving the Snow Trooper Headquarters with the phat super rocker boards, but the Summer carvers would have been the ski with the highest FUN factor!
All in all great skiing still to be found inbounds at The Summit at Snoqualmie, and even better off-piste.
Here’s a BIG day that Michelle and Andrew spent not too far off the beaten path, of HWY 542.
Jacob Mandell sent this one over of an amazing looking trip into the Olympics recently. Below are a few words from Jacob along with his sweet video that capture some of the eye candy and great corn!
Tanner and I headed out to the most northwestern stretch of mountains in the lower 48, the Olympics. We walked in 7 miles of trail to Royal Basin, and were greeted with three amazing days of perfect corn skiing. We skied in Royal Basin, Deception Basin, Hal Foss Peak, and Mt Clark. Its an awesome area, but you have to do a little work to get back there.
Another fun, short POV from one of Andy Traslin’s many adventures this Winter with his brother Mike. The video below was hitting the backyard for some “North Shore Ripping” of the Coast Range.
Andy Traslin shot this one over the other day of a fun looking chute out of Squamish this past Feb. The target for he and Jamie Bond was the “Gun Sight Couloir” which was accessed from the Sea to Sky gondola. The pow may be mostly over now, but the BIG mountain fun is looking good here in the PNW!