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03
May

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.


 

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28
Apr

We’re stoked to see WSDOT’s report on Washington’s backcountry snow pack: it is DEEP this year. Last week, they measured snow depths at Chinook Pass, Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park and Washington Pass which is located on the recently opened North Cascades Highway SR 20. Chinook Pass measured 189″, Paradise 144″ and Washington Pass 85″.  Chinook Pass is scheduled to open in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

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27
Apr

WSDOT has announced that Cayuse Pass will OPEN this Friday, April 29, 2016 at noon. The 4,675-foot-high Cayuse Pass is at the junction of State Routes 410 and 123 in Mt. Rainier National Park. The pass connects eastward along SR 410 with Chinook Pass (5 miles away and not yet open) and southward along SR 123 with White Pass. Also starting noon Friday, the Stevens Canyon Entrance to the park will reopen up to the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead, where public restrooms will be available. The rest of Stevens Canyon Road is projected to open in late May. White River Road and Sunrise Park Road via the White River entrance remains closed. However, the road to White River Campground and Chinook Pass are scheduled to open next, sometime in May.

 

The great spring weather made snow removal along Cayuse Pass a quick process this year, but the havoc left behind from winter windstorms is making clearing a challenge. More than 40 trees came down over the roadway. “One fir tree, more than 6-feet in diameter, created a 12-inch trench in the road when it fell,” said Mike Golden, WSDOT maintenance superintendent. “In addition, culverts are filled with downed branches and debris and our crews will continue removal work in the weeks ahead.” One culvert alone required more than 12 full dump truck loads to clear. Photos of the work so far, as well as some shots of the damage and debris, are available on the WSDOT Flickr page.

 

Washington skiers and riders have it made this spring weekend. In addition to having Cayuse Pass and the North Cascades Highway SR 20 open to access vast amounts of backcountry skiing and riding terrain, lifts are running one more weekend at Alpental and White Pass ski resorts. Fortunately, Washington has nearly 14.5 hrs of daylight now (sunset @8:15pm) so enough time to do a bit of everything.  Can’t decide where to go? Let Pro Guiding Service be your guide – sign up for their backcountry trips and classes before they sell out. Be sure to also check your gear and our report on free Dynafit bindings warranty service at Pro Ski and Mountain Service, the Northwest’s only Dynafit Competence Center. Stay safe, have fun and live to ski another day!

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26
Apr

Booter Buddies returns for Alpental’s final weekend (conditions permitting). The event takes place this Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10am – 3pm at a new location on lower Dom. The new location is able to handle way more hits so there will be no limit on riders like years past. Helmet and signed release is required to enter. Registration will be in the lodge at 830-930am. Showtime: 10am-ish to 2:30pm-ish Jam format. Awards: 3pm-ish in the Denny Mountain Lodge. The forecast is calling for sun and spring temps to return so we expect the snow will remain as soft as in last week’s video. Come on out and catch some big air. Closing weekend is always a blast – thanks to all the fun loving Alpentalics.

 

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22
Apr

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!


 

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21
Apr

X Games Big Air and slopestyle champion, Bobby Brown, was spotted this week at our home mountain, Alpental. The world class skier was doing some filming for his fans. Pictured here is just one of the kickers built on the lower part of the mountain: it’s hard to make out the flight path – we’ll have to watch his film when it comes out to see how he lands it. There was 0 room for error but obviously no problem for Brown who took Silver at X Games Big Air earlier this year. That was his 6th X Games medal. In 2010, Brown became the first skier at X Games to win two gold medals (big air and slopestyle). He was also on the inaugural U.S. Olympic Team for slopestyle skiing in Sochi, Russia. That same year, he won the Junior World Championships for slopestyle and won silver in the Euro X slopestyle. Winning is in Brown’s DNA. He has stood on the the podium countless times, from X Games Aspen big air to Dew Tour slopestyle to AFP World Champs slopestyle. Follow Brown on FB – we’re sure he will be thrilling fans for many years to come. Thanks for visiting Alpy, Bobby.  Remember, Alpental is open this weekend both Sat. and Sun. 9-4. While there, pick up your 2016/2017 season pass at the lowest price of the year.

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20
Apr

WSDOT has announced that the North Cascades Highway will open this Friday, April 22, 2016 at 11 a.m. That’s earlier than the May timeframe announced when work began mid-March. WSDOT’s west and eastside crews are working through the final 2 miles of this part of State Route 20, the northernmost route across the Cascade Mountain Range and expect to meet up today. This Friday’s opening provides access to some of our favorite backcountry skiing, riding and touring terrain. Designated a Scenic Byway, the North Cascades Highway, SR 20, cuts through Washington Pass and the rest of the “North American Alps” – check our video below to see why the area is so deserving of its name. The early opening means this Scenic Byway will be open in time for not only Winthrop’s 49′er Days, the first week in May, but also for this Saturday’s opening weekend of fishing season. Time to check and get your backcountry gear ready. If you have Dynafit Radical bindings, check our post for warranty issues and visit Pro Ski and Mountain Service in North Bend, WA, the only Dynafit Compentence Center in the Northwest. Their 40% off sale is on now. Also, check out ProGuiding Service at the same location for spring ski tours and guiding in the area.



Stay tuned for updates on scheduled opening dates for other roads. Three cheers for WSDOT!

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18
Apr

We’ve been able to ski and ride in T-shirts (and many others in less) every weekend in April at the Summit at Snoqualmie. The weather has been glorious. Alpental started out the month with a season snowfall total of 610″ so in spite of record setting temps, there’s still 78” at the base and 139” at the top of Alpental. Conditions are simply amazing. So amazing that the Summit at Snoqualmie’s not yet ready to call it quits. Yes: Alpental has announced that it will be open next Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, 9-4.  With Seattle on track this week to set another weather record, this time for consecutive days in April with 80+ temps, and the foothills already past 90 degrees as I write, we can think of no better way to escape the heat than skiing and riding at the pass. Plus, Crystal Mountain Resort is now closed for the season. Join us Alpentalics for what’s sure to be another fabulous weekend of spring skiing and riding.

 

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17
Apr

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Attention owners of Dynafit Radical Speed, Radical ST and Radical FT bindings: check if you have the original versions sold in 2011 and 2012.  Dynafit is offering to replace the original heel posts from those model years with improved, stronger heel posts. The heel posts in the original three Radical binding models sold in 2011-2012 can crack or break so the upgrade is vital. View the video below to check if your Radical bindings need to be replaced. If so, those of us in WA are fortunate to have the Northwest’s only Dynafit Competence Center located at Pro Ski and Mountain Service in N. Bend, WA. Just bring in your skis -they will replace the heels free of charge since this is covered by Dynafit’s warranty. The replacement takes only 10-15 minutes unless they’re out of the parts in which case they will contact Dynafit and order the parts for you. Spring ski touring season is upon us, so if you haven’t already, it’s time to check and prep your gear -before heading out. Dynafit stands behind their products and is providing the upgraded, replacement heel posts for all of their original Radical Speed, Radical ST and Radical FT bindings no matter how long you’ve had them. Dynafit also has an anti-rotation device that prevents the original Radical binding heels from turning and slipping out of touring mode. Those can be installed by Pro Ski and Mountain Service as well for $25/pair. Watch the video and spread the word. Live to ski another day.

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29
Mar

The Summit at Snoqualmie announced today that it is adding 77 acres that will connect Summit West and Summit Central. The 77 acres parcel acquired by the resort was formerly owned by the Mountaineers Club of Seattle. As part of the expansion, Dan Brewster, General Manager for the Summit at Snoqualmie stated that the resort will be “working together with The Mountaineers and others on a new route for the Pacific Crest Trail that will provide a better experience for all recreational users – summer and winter.” The ski area expansion increases total skiable acreage at The Summit at Snoqualmie to well over 2000 acres. Limited trail work on the property itself may start as early as this summer but most work is anticipated to happen in 2017.  The resort will be working with the USFS in designing trails. Eventually, the area will include trails lit for night skiing. A portion of the newly purchased land will be open for the 2016-2017 winter season and will be accessible via the Wildside and Triple 60 chairlifts.

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