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27
Feb

 width= Here’s a Crystal clear math equation (with the answer provided by Tara and Carl Simpson in the video below), what is the sum of 11 feet of snow in 2 weeks?


Hope everyone’s legs are all rested to ride the March lion-it’s on the way in this weekend…Big and fierce (I hope). BTW, the backcountry is quite wicked right now, along with off piste terrain being quite variable, so this next storm cycle might be a good one to attack with the bros at one of the Cascade Crown’s many ski lifts serving your uphill needs (Cascade Crown being – Alpental, Mt. Baker, Stevens Pass, Mission Ridge, Crystal Mountain and White Pass).



11′ of Snow in 2 Weeks = DEEP FOOTY

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26
Feb

Niseko, Japan joins the 2014-2015 Epic Pass offering five free days on top of 12 resorts in Colorado, Utah, and Tahoe and more in Europe. The partnership represents the first Asian partner for the company. Epic Season Passholders will continue to enjoy unlimited and unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Arapahoe Basin, and Eldora – No Blackout Dates. For those wanting to ski Europe, there are 5 days at each of these world class resorts: Verbier, Switzerland; Arlberg, Austria (St. Anton, St. Cristoph, Stuben, Züers, and Lech); and Les 3 Vallées, France (Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle, France). In 2008, Forbes crowned Niseko one of the Top 10 International Ski Resorts, and more recently, National Geographic voted Niseko as the best powder snow resort in the world, with an average 590″ of snow per year. Located 100 km south of Sapporo, on the island of Hokkaido, Niseko Annupuri is a part of the Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National Park. Seasonal winds from the Eurasian continent blow in some of the driest, lightest and plentiful snow in the world. Set against the backdrop of Mt. Yotei—an active volcano similar to Mt. Fuji—the Niseko region boasts not only epic skiing and riding, but also breathtaking scenery. Niseko United, as it’s commonly referred to, is made up of four base areas—Annupurri, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Hanazono—that access one mountain, Niseko Annupuri (4,291 feet). For the adventurers, hiking trails lead from the highest lifts to the summit. An extensive lift system of 26 chairlifts and three gondolas accesses 72 trails. Being a volcanic island, Hokkaido is also well-known for its thousands of natural hot springs, or ‘onsen’. With non-stop flights between Tokyo’s Narita International airport and several major US cities, it’s never been easier for U.S. skiers and riders to visit Niseko. Niseko is typically open from November-May. This truly Epic (!) Pass will go on sale on March 10, 2014, at epicpass.com. Season Pass Benefits Access to Niseko is only provided to Epic Pass holders and not holders of other passes offered by Vail Resorts (Epic Local, Tahoe Local, Summit Value and Tahoe Value). All season pass products are non-transferable and non-refundable.

 

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25
Feb

 width=Carl Simpson recently celebrated another birthday with family, great friends and a long lasting storm cycle, that kept him right at his home mountain, Crystal Mountain. If you have yet to check out Crystal, the vid below gives you a good taste.



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24
Feb

 width=Nice compilation of the 2013 / 2014 Cascade goods served up by the Snow Gods and Tim Black (who banged out this sweet edit). If this one doesn’t get you amped to get out and slash some today, then you might just be a fair weather carver (which is fun too, when there’s no more POW to slay :-) ). Remember, BIG snow = BIG Cascade Crowns & slides. Be wise and safe out there & always “Live to Ski Another Day!”


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23
Feb

 width=Just a quick edit from this past Wednesday and Thursday at Alpental… The end of an era and the beginning a new one with this last storm surge (Wed. we shred one for Troop and Thurs. kicked off ski day #1 with Troop’s spirit as my co-pilot)… Day one without him felt way better than I had expected and I had a fantastic day from Thursday on (feeling like he’s really rolling with me :-) ). Lots of editing ahead of me with the BIG recent snow, SIA gear reviews, and now my biggest project ever which will involve sifting through 10 years of footy to gather up Trooper Dog’s clips for a great BIG tribute video. If you have a Trooper Dog story and would like to share it on film, then hit me above by clicking the @ button, or shoot me a note on facebook. Live 2 Ski Another Day! TNT


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21
Feb

Here’s a recent one from just North of the border with Tyler Tran, Buddy Chapman and Ben Maki… Donuts and Grouse Mountain make for a perfect day on an easy Northwest Washington get away (or should I say, “a WWU quick and easy get away”). Stoked to see last year’s Red Bull “Third Shift” Champ, Tyler Tran, having some BC park fun on the “Terrain Feature” by H2O Outdoor Gear.

 

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20
Feb

TNT here, After 1 very long and tragic month for this Snow Trooper, my very special boy Trooper Dog has succumbed to his poisoning and has left us far too soon… Yesterday afternoon, Trooper Dog began his journey to shralp the goods with all of our lost brothers and puppers!! So, if you feel a presence on your heels today as you slash down a blower slope… You’ll know who has your back!


Please check out my very first video, EVER, from back in 2004/2005 (kind of long with ripped music)… Didn’t know what I was doing (still don’t), except capturing epic moments with the souls I truly love. The second part of this vid features one of my best friends in the world, Dale Boehm, and his epic pups, Hobart (who is up in Canada with Wendy and Dale) and Boots (who has left us recently too, and I’m sure he was waiting for Trooper dog yesterday, to show him the goods -just like Boots did back in 04/05). Be sure to check out Trooper’s first powder drop @ 2:44 into vid.

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19
Feb

The storms keep rolling in and delivering epic snowfall. Another 9-23″ is forecast to fall on the West slopes of Washington’s central Cascade mountains by tomorrow night. It’s so deep now, you just have to come out and ski it to believe it. Here’s what some of our local Washington resorts are reporting about their snow conditions:

-Alpental: Wow, the NW delivers yet again. With a storm total of 53″ so far, today’s conditions are looking epic: Powder, packed powder and more powder in the forecast! Our snowpack is above average for this time of year and some snow websites are now reporting Alpental as having the biggest snowpack in the country. At 167″ at the top of Edelweiss chair, anyway you look at it we have a lot of snow!

-Mt. Baker: STORM TOTAL FOR THE PAST 9 days: over 108 inches of snowfall!

-White Pass: BOTTOMLESS POWDER. Wondering if this is heaven, but pretty sure I’m at White Pass! NOON UPDATE: If you’re reading this, then you’re not riding pow and that makes me sad. Wind continues to back off and epic fun continues to be had by all… except you – so get up here! Terrain: 100% open Terrain Park: BURIED

-Stevens Pass: At this point it’s just amazing how much snow we’ve been getting. What’s been going on here is pretty special, and you may want to come check it out. —-

-Crystal Mountain: Over the past 4 days we have received an incredible 69 inches of snow it’s still coming down!

 

 

Now go get a little piece of this heaven. But remember when it gets this deep, there are deep snow advisories and high avalanche warnings. Ski with a partner and live to ski another day!

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18
Feb

photo: Tim Tietjen (face shot by Reel Camera)

Heavy snow continues to fall in the Pacific NW today adding to yesterday’s snow totals. Our home mountain, the Summit at Snoqualmie’s Alpental now boasts the #1 deepest snow base in North America (including Alaska and Canada). Mt. Baker is a very close #2. The other top rankings are dominated by WA and OR resorts. TNT got this nice shot to show us what the deepest snow is looking like at Alpental – he’s on his fat 133mm underfoot AK Master skis (part of Dean Cummings’ H20 Outdoor Gear ski line) and he’s still chest deep. Alpental’s skiing is just like another epic deep day we captured in the video below. However, this week could possibly get even better: The winter storm warning for the West slopes of the central Cascades in WA continues and the National Weather Service is calling for another 15″-28″ at mountain pass levels by end of day tomorrow. Powder to the People! We want to remind you that avalanche danger is HIGH -even below treeline. So backcountry skiing and riding is not recommended. If you haven’t already, check out an avalanche course. Those in our zone, can sign up for Pro Guiding’s Level 1 class being held Mar. 4-9. Stay safe and live to ski another day!


(measurements based on resort's own reports)


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17
Feb

UPDATE (1:30pm): Summit at Snoqualmie’s Alpental ski area just updated their snow totals – after receiving 27″ of new snow in the last 12 hrs up top, 17″ at the base, they are now tied with Mt. Baker for the #1 DEEPEST snow in North America with 146″ (based on top measurements and excluding only Eaglecrest, AK’s top measurements – details below).

 

Original story: The current Pacific NW storm brought over a foot of snow in just the last 12 hours to several of our ski resorts rocketing them to the top of our N. America ski resort snow depth rankings. As in past years, the King of Snow: Mt. Baker Ski Resort in Washington has the deepest snow in the lower 48 at both their base and top elevations. Eaglecrest in AK is reporting 1″ more at their top elevation; however, Eaglecrest has less than 1/3 the amount of snow at their base (42″ and 147″ at their base and top, respectively). So, Eaglecrest aside, our Washington and Oregon resorts dominate the rankings: with White Pass, WA 2nd after Mt. Baker, followed by Mt. Bachelor, Summit at Snoqualmie’s Alpental and Stevens Pass. Below is how those U.S. resorts with the top deepest snow depths stack up (based on resort’s own snow reports at top elevation – which sits lower than most base elevations in the Rockies).

 

 

Another more than 30″ is forecast for our zone by Wednesday (read: WA and OR will have the deepest snow in N. America including AK by the time this storm runs its course). We are definitely back to our normal winter pattern. According to NOAA’s Western Regional Climate Center (“NOAA”), our region: the western Cascade Mountains (which includes the western slope of the Cascade Range from the Columbia River to the Canadian Border and measured at elevations of approximately 1,000 ft – approx. 5,500 ft), receives in an average winter season, snowfall ranging from 400-600 inches at 4,000 to 5,500 feet. NOAA reports that: Some of the greatest seasonal snowfalls and snow depths in the U.S. have been recorded on the slopes of Mt. Rainer and Mt. Baker. The greatest seasonal snowfall recorded at Mt. Rainer-Paradise Ranger Station (elevation 5,500 ft) was 1,000 inches in 1955-56. Mt. Baker ski area beat that with a record breaking 1,140 inches of snowfall in 1998-99! These and other high peaks above 7,000 or 8,000 feet remain snowcapped throughout the summer – which is how we get to ski every month of the year in WA. Our snowline in midwinter varies from 1,500-2,000 feet above sea level – well below the base elevation of all resorts in the Rockies. Although snowfall continues until late spring allowing us to enjoy Cinco de Mayo annually with lift served fun, the maximum depth is usually reached during the first half of March when snow depths above 3,000 feet typically range from 10-25 feet. So there you have it: deep is the norm for us – so learn to enjoy it safely. If you haven’t already, sign up for avalanche awareness classes as the avalanche danger remains High. For those in our zone, check out the classes offered by Pro Guiding Service in N. Bend. Live to ski another day!

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