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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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17
Feb

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UPDATE (2:45pm): i90 was open through Snoqualmie Pass for about 2 hours but now is closed again EASTbound to remove disabled vehicles. WSDOT says this will take a couple of hours. Clearly, it’s going to be a busy day for our WSDOT and traffic will be slow and heavy so be sure to tune into 1610 a.m. for traffic updates.

 

Original story: HIGH SNOW & high anxiety as Washington States DOT reports that I 90, Snoqualmie Pass is still closed at 9am this morning, eastbound at North Bend and in the westbound direction at Easton Cle Elum and Ellensburg, due to continuing heavy snow, and some of Summit at Snoqualmie’s Alpental and Central lifts are experiencing delayed openings (their other areas are closed today). WSP and WSDOT Crews are in the process of clearing the roadway. Avalanche control work will need to be completed before the road opens. The roadway is not expected to open for SEVERAL hours. Eastbound traffic waiting near Exit 47 will be turned back west, to be able to wait near services. Tune into 1610 a.m. for traffic updates. Weather forecasters were spot on with this storm: Alpental area received 17″ and 20″ of new snow at their base and top, respectively, in just the last 12 hours. ANOTHER 30″ is forecast by tomorrow night and our local news is already suggesting that folks avoid driving the passes today. With the heavy snowfall, avalanche danger in the backcountry remains high. Travel in the backcountry is not recommended. Visit nwac.us for avalanche forecasts. Live to ski another day!

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14
Feb

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Winter storm warnings and watches are in effect again this weekend for Washington’s Cascade mountains. King5 TV is forecasting over 3ft of mountain snow over the long weekend. Below is Alison Morrow’s report on snow conditions and the high avalanche danger including interviews with John Stimberis of Alpental’s Ski Patrol and WSDOT, Matt Leitzinger and our own TNT. Join us this weekend at Alpental for Vertfest, a mountain festival dedicated to raising the level of snow safety education and stoke for backcountry enthusiasts, and supporting the efforts of avalanches centers everywhere. While there, be sure to check out Pro Guiding Service’s tent and try out some new gear, including Dean Cummings’ H2O skis. Live to ski another day.

 

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13
Feb

2014 Black Diamond Shiva Boot

We caught up with Roch Horton of Black Diamond Equipment at the Snow Sports Industry demo show in Copper Mountain, CO. Among the products he showed us was the women’s 2014 Shiva Mx AT/Freeride ski boot -it’s the successor to the popular Shiva boot and offers several improved features. Having a small and difficult foot to fit, there are few boots that work for me. Black Diamond’s Shiva has been by far the most comfortable, high performance alpine touring (pin binding compatible) boot for me to date. It has served me (and held up) well through countless long backcountry tours. The fact that I’m still wearing their first generation boot (circa 2009?) is proof of that. But after seeing the latest model, I think it’s time for a new pair! If you’re in our zone, go try them out at Pro Ski and Guiding in N. Bend, WA (logo link to the right).

 

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12
Feb

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Pro Guiding Service’s owner and certified mountain guide, Martin Volken, and our own TNT talked to Alison Morrow of NBC’s King5 TV about the snow conditions to help raise awareness of avalanche dangers. If you missed the story, watch it below. With the recent heavy snowfall, the Northwest Avalanche Center raised its forecast for backcountry avalanches to ‘high’, the second highest level (highest being ‘extreme’). In the Pacific NW and Rockies (CO, OR, WA and UT), there have been six avalanche fatalities in the backcountry in just the last five days, bringing this season’s total to 12. Our sympathies to their friends and families. It’s a painful reminder of the importance of snow safety and backcountry education. We encourage those who are interested and in our area to check out Pro Guiding’s large selection of classes (logo link to right). Also, join them and many others at Vertfest this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, at Alpental for backcountry clinics and gear demos. Stay safe and Live to ski another day!

 

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