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.
Our friends over at Peak Media Adventures, hit perfectly again! This time at one of their very own stomping grounds… Silver Mountain! I am SOOO chomping at the bit for a great powder day at this BIG mountain (that I’ve yet to ski), that is very easily accessed from ANYWHERE. Fly into Spokane and make the short drive East on Interstate 90, or just road trip it, (in a partial day) if you live in the NW.
Below are a few current notes from Silver Mountain today (12/22/14), “Silver Mountain is open for our seven day a week holiday schedule through January 5th. We’re open everyday for skiing, boarding, tubing, snowshoeing and scenic rides. We have a 35″ base on Kellogg Peak and NOAA is calling for a lot more snow throughout the week. Ticket prices are $39.95 for adult and $33.95 for youth Need a gift idea for the Silver Mountain fan on your list? Give them a Silver Mountain Gift Card. Just go to www.silvermt.com and purchase today.”
Hated to leave Whitefish today, especially when I saw what local Friends Trevor Howard, and Big Dave got to shred all morning… Another friend, Craig Moore, chimed in on what I missed, and added a little while ago, that the snow is still dumping. That being said, have your Christmas Plans changed in recent days, like NO snow at the sceduled destination? Well, I know a place where the lines are short (even today with the fresh pow), locals are super friendly, and there are plenty of options for lodging… Whitefish Mountain Resort has a really sweet deal right now called the “Eat-Ski-Sleep-Repeat (for just $84)”. check If that didn’t catch your eye, then be sure to check out Big Dave’s vid from this morning (ripping the newly opened terrain found off chair 5).
Jeff Rich and Zack Jessel were chomping at the bit for some overdue powder, so they loaded up the Sprinter van for a little Northern Cali action and managed to find a little “East” of the crest goodness in Oregon, on the return trip. Excellent timing for them and for a little powder stoke as a nice blanket has just covered the Cascades of Washington.
The more I come to visit my friends in Whitefish Montana, the more I love it! This time, not only did I get a perfect mix of epic views, fantastic corduroy, and a sweet dose of powder (today), I also got to explore some brand new terrain found off the Flower Point Chair (chair 11). Super fun week, that came at a time when things were looking a little “grassy” at home. Hard to beat this BIG mountain, that gets an early start usually (the locs are kind of bummed that it isn’t up to the normal mid-December snowpack, but compared to most of the NW ski areas, they have a great base, 6 lifts (1 t-bar, magic carpet) spinning, and over 20 trails open. Another really cool thing about Whitefish (besides the locals) is how easily you can access Whitefish, from a flight into Kalispell to a quick NW road trip. If you like untracked powder and haven’t skied Whitefish Mountain Resort, you owe it to yourselves to block out some time for a memorable visit. Another cool thing about the ski area is the snow reporters bang out a daily conditions report… My friend “Big Dave” gave a shout out to rip a little sugar coated corduroy today in his daily vid… Super fun day! Check out the video below from this morning, then, plan a visit with your crew!!!
Here’s another “Chasin’ Snow” video brought to us by Jeff Rich and Zack Jessel, from this mid-December on a road trip to shralp a chunck of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. They hit it perfectly, as you will see in the super sweet edit Jeff put together below.
Well, looks like we are getting a similar start to last season, but I know it will come soon. Those wanting a fix in the PNW right NOW, will have to work for it a bit, whether it may be climbing out of the grassy zones (similar to Hugh Gren, Rory Robison, Tara and Carl Simpson’s trip yesterday, up to the snow zone that Crystal Mountain Resort had to offer), or jumping in a rig and chasing the snow a couple tanks of gas away. Looking like the gang found enough dust on crust for some descent skiing up higher in the Cascasdes (which Adam Roberts also found up out of Glacier, WA this past weekend). photo, screen grab, and video credit / Carl Simpson
Our friend and local Snoqualmie Pass shralper, Christopher Madison, sent this one over the other day, 2013/2014 “Searching for Snow” compilation. As most of The Snow Troopers are out chasing snow in other places like, CA, MT or up high in the N.Cascades (where Adam Roberts was killing it yesterday), this video from last year actually fits our current theme in the PNW. Below are a few words from Chris in regards to his sweet short edit of chasing snow with Brian Leahy.
In 2013-2014 we had an abnormal winter. December was nearly bone dry, and my mountain had no snow to speak of. So in order to get our snow fix some co-workers and I decided to road trip across a few states to find any snow we could. The theme continued throughout the season, as it seemed like I was trying to chase one storm after another all the way into the spring.