This one comes as the Jeff Rich, Adam Roberts and Jason Hummel are leaving. Maybe call it a little pre-stoke edit, that Mr. Rich put together beautifully, to kick off their JAPAN trip! That’s right, those three guys right now, are like three little kids waiting for Christmas morning. When the sun rises tomorrow, so will the wheels on their flight. Can’t wait to see the adventures to come this month! Photo credit above/Jason Hummel Photography (be sure to also check his killer photo site, Alpine State of Mind) , skier/Jeff Rich along with his edit below. Enjoy, it’s a good one!
Well, not much to say after last night’s first, epic, low coverage, bottomless ski of the season… Except, CRAP! As soon as I finished my powder play last night here at Summit East, the frozen rain began, and it was followed by more than 5 inches of rain? Take a look at what was going on in the Cascades (North and South of Snoqualmie Pass) to the tops of every ski lift.
As I experienced this wild weather today, I couldn’t help but have a flash back to the avalanche of 2009, that took place here at Hyak. It wiped out our main chair lift and a house along with it, stopping 150 yards above our home base. Along with wild/scary memories, I can’t help to think of another that took place that day. Chris ‘Tar and our beloved Ryan Graham (with the help of their inter-tube sponsor, Polo ) took advantage of the rare conditions, and had a tubing sesh down Yellowstone Rd., Jan 9th, 2009. All captured by Josh Becker!
Below is a quick look at the Summit East ski area, yesterday (1/4/15) between 2PM and Sunset. Super small window, because the skiing wasn’t worth climbing Hyak until about 6 to 7 inches stacked up at the base area. It took most of the day to accumulate, but the skiing was well worth the wait and the best I’ve had at home this slow starting Winter. Wishing I were out their this morning, but 30 minutes after I walked off the nice fresh snow (last night), the frozen rain began, then turned over to full on RAIN ever since. OK, the silver lining is now, we will have a rock solid base to get this season GOING in the lower zones!
Whitefish, MT, I can’t say enough about this awesome mountain town, that has something for everyone in your party (even if they don’t ski). However, it really is a ski town that has a world class resort looking down on the main drag. Also should mention the “off season” for all of us snow lovers happens to be the “peak season” for the Summer tourist hitting Glacier National Park. Reading all of that, you might think there are big lift lines and a crowded mountain too, but that is far from reality. On my last day of this trip, my good friend Nathan Powell and I stood by chair 1 to get a time lapse, when he commented that the line was about as big as it ever gets (for a busy weekend). As you will see in the first video below, it doesn’t take long to go from “first chair” to NO lift line (which I have found in all of my days so far at Whitefish Mountain Resort, to be typical). In a one week stay at Whitefish, you should see everything in the vid below, except a little deeper cold POWDER! The morning after we took off from Whitefish, I got the text from “Big Dave” letting me know they had a foot powder waiting for them. Mother Nature’s faucet stayed on pretty good thru the holidays and is still cranking into the New Year.
In my view, to call a certain zone home, there needs to be a perfect mix of “lift served skiing”, “backcountry skiing”, “year round skiing”, amazing views, along with breathtaking running and hiking trails… This place has it all, and the cost of living is much better than your typical world class resorts. Here’s the banger deal, EAT, SKI, SLEEP, repeat for just $84 bucks. Another idea is the Amtrak train, just checked a fare from Seattle to Whitefish, 2 weeks out on a Sunday night, and found coach under $70 bucks and the “superliner roomette” was under $170, (which sleeps 2). Smoking deals, so grab the crew and head for Whitefish, but let me know when you’re going!
Located deep in the heart of the legendary Selkirk Mountains, Valhalla Powdercats invites you to come and be professionally guided through a diverse and engaging mix of big mountain terrain. Our tenure is six times the size of Whistler and Blackcomb combined, offering seasoned skiers a hearty selection of high alpine bowls, steep, old-growth forests, and endless, untracked Kootenay powder all day long. Expect zero line ups, and the sweetest, deepest, white gold, you will ever have the good fortune to sink into – Valhalla Powdercats
Carl is calling this one “Seahawks Sunday”, which, at first made me scratch my head. But then, it was evident that his stoke was the lack of skiers at Crystal Mountain Resort (this past 12/28/14), due to the Seahawks final season game. They WON… That is Carl Simpson and his friend Joe, who logged 30K of pow by high noon! Check the vid and I hope you too, are in deep all of 2015 and years to come!
Our friend Jim Bolser, heads up a team of NW powder hounds, called Peak Travels. Having known them and followed their adventures, he has a great pulse for timing the goods. Right now they are just wrapping up some Canadian cat skiing, this trip was to Big Red Cats. Below are some words from Big Red Cats along with the sweet video.
The world’s largest cat skiing operation, running 4 cats a day with separate ability levels, and over 3000 skier days per season. Come and explore fresh tracks and deep powder with our qualified guides, just 2.5 hours north of Spokane, WA at Rossland, BC
As the only snowcat skiing operation in British Columbia to offer separate trips for Expert , Advanced, and Intermediate skiers and riders, (and even “Uber Expert” by request), you can enjoy exploring the backcountry with others of a similar ability.
Ski our 8 Peaks! With 19,300 acres of some of the best tree skiing and glades in the world, so you can explore our area with day-trips, or week-long packages based at neighbouring Red Mountain ski resort From moderate to Luxury accommodation, we can tailor your trip to suit your group – you can incorporate resort skiing into the trip,
Well, Santa brought us just enough snow for the Summit at Snoqualmie to spin the lifts at Summit West today (12/28/14). A little overdue, but it was another great opening day at Summit West that rewarded us with a bunch of POW. Below is a short recap of our day! Keep thinking SNOW! Also, it’s looking like enough snow has fallen to even open up Summit Central tomorrow, giving you West, Central and Tubing all week long!!!
Nice compilation of some lift served holiday pow, with Carl Simpson and his wife Tara, Hugh Gren, along with others skiing hot laps at Crystal Mountain ski resort. If you are in the PNW for the holiday season, there is no reason NOT be getting some holiday powder turns yourselves, right here in the Cascades. I say that with confidence, because of the healthy storm knocking at the front door. This could be the one that gets the Summit at Snoqualmie rocking too! Thanks for the powder stoke Carl! Think BIG SNOW!!!
photo credit / Carl Simpson
Merry Christmas! Hoping everyone is having a deep white holiday break (whether at home or on the road)… A deep one, similar to Jackson Dove’s 北海道 Pow Skiing 2014 video below. This excellent timed trip was to Hokkaido, Japan in January of this year, to shralp the Niseko, Kiroro and Rusutsu ski areas.