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.
Due to heavy snow the I-90 corrdior was closed until late Monday afternoon last week. When it was opened boy was night skiing at Summit Central amazing! Super Tuesday at Alpental the next day did not disappoint either!
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.
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!
Visit Tamarack Resort before they close this Sunday for the season. With 8″ in the last 72hrs and more snow on the way, conditions couldn’t be better. Skiers and riders who purchased a 2016-17 season pass to Bogus Basin during their Tier 1 sale (Feb. 15-21, 2016) get one free day of skiing (show your 2016-17 Bogus Basin pass or proof of purchase at the Sports Dome). Plus, on Saturday, Tamarack will be hosting the first annual State of Idaho Pond Skim Championship competition beginning at 1pm (registration starts at 11AM on the Canoe Grill Patio), followed by an after-Party featuring a live DJ. A Sunday Easter Egg hunt will wrap up the season with prizes that include a Tamarack 2016/17 season pass, summer Bike Park lift tickets and more.
We skied there recently and it was incredible. We were ahead of the big storm so not the best viz but we skied fresh tracks all day, on a Friday. As seen in our video, we had no trouble getting in long shots without any other skiers or snowboarders. Tamarack continues to be, as the locals say, where the powder goes to escape the people. Back in 2013, we compared Tamarack to Blue Sky Basin in Montana because of its well planned, upscale mountainside lodges and homes. But we’re starting to imagine that Tamarack might be more like Yellowstone Club, MT’s private, members-only ski resort? We wonder – because Tamarack remains so unbelievably uncrowded – we felt like we were skiing in our own private Idaho resort. With 2800′ vertical, Idaho’s 3rd longest (slightly more than Yellowstone Club by the way), and 1000 acres served by Idaho’s fastest and newest lift system, Tamarack is an impressive “private” resort.
Tamarack also remains on track to be a luxury four season resort. Since new ownership and management began operating the resort last year, there have been a series of multi-million dollar improvements -from continued real estate development to expanded snow making and terrain. We were anxious to check out the reopened 100 acre Wildwood zone. The patrolled side-country terrain is an easy ski/skate off to the right of the Summit Express lift. Even though it lost its lift (and thus was closed in ‘09), we found it easy to ski back into the resort’s main trail system and catch the express lift. So easy that we ended up lapping that zone several times. With no crowds, no lift lines and high speed lifts, Tamarack offers as much vert as you can take in a day. In addition to the Wildwood zone, we counted the Staircase, Blaze and Pursuit expert trails (which were cleared and improved for this season) among our favorites.
This past Monday evening, the snow hammered down once again and the freeway was shutdown, due to spin outs etc. Just the kind of report we love up here (as long as you aren’t stuck off the Pass). Having had only a small window of time to ski the following morning/yesterday, I decided to walk up Summit East, if the Snow Gods kept adding to goodness already on the ground. BINGO, I rolled out yesterday morning around 6:30 AM and my timing was perfect catching a fresh, “guide like” skin track up the face. Turned out that skin track was set by Andrew Winstanley, who is seen rocking the East Peak chair line in the video below.
Boise is lucky to have Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. It almost went under in the 1950s. But J.R. Simplot, Idaho’s potato king (and inventor of the 1st commercial frozen french fries), purchased and sold it back to Bogus Basin Recreational Association for $1; thus, saving it from certain demise. Today, the resort continues under the ownership of that non-profit, charitable organization created by the Boise community. Our hats off to them. Bogus Basin is an impressive ski area.
With 2600 acres, Bogus Basin’s terrain makes it Idaho’s 2nd largest ski area. Its terrain is spread out over two connecting mountains, Shafer Butte topping out at 7590 ft (1800 ft vertical rise) and Deer Point at 7,070 ft – all serviced by 7 lifts. Its night skiing operation covering 165 acres is Idaho’s largest. If stats and ski trivia are your thing, also consider this: its proximity to Boise (just 16.5 miles drive) makes Bogus Basin one of the largest ski resorts LESS than 30 miles from a major city.
On the day we visited, it had snowed several inches. As we approached the J.R. Simplot Lodge, we couldn’t help but notice that the base area was teaming with Bogus Basin staff greeting visitors and asking if they could help. We traded remarks about how this was the most well staffed base area we had ever seen. Even as the parking lots filled up to capacity, there were no lift lines anywhere on the mountain. The design of the mountain does a superb job of spreading out the crowd in all directions. We encountered none and skied fresh powder all day. Our team, TNT, Adam Roberts, Jeff Rich, Carl Simpson and myself, followed the “spring plan” (pictured below). TNT and Adam ended up stuck on the more advanced terrain off Shafer Butte and the Superior and Pine Creek Express lifts. We say “stuck” because they got disoriented by the 360 degree skiing off the Superior Lift, had a Groundhog Day (the movie) experience and kept ending up at the same chair. They enjoyed every minute of it but finally had to ask how to get out. So be careful: the 360 degree portion of the resort can really throw people off and make Bogus Basin difficult to navigate. But by the same token, it makes the area ski even bigger than it is. To assist folks in finding their way, the posted maps include an overhead 360 degree version (just remember you’re looking at an “overhead” map!).
Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is located north of Boise, ID, at the end of a 16 mile drive up the very windy Bogus Basin Road.