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TNT’s ALS Ice 60L Backpack Challenge

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Mt. Rainier, WA – August Turns in Paradise

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28
Jan

Snoqualmie Pass, WA -Winter storm warning

A winter storm warning has been issued tonight for the West slopes of Washington’s Cascades and passes – looks like it’s going to be a good one with potential for over a foot of new snow ABOVE pass levels by tomorrow night. However, it could get nasty in places before it gets good so read the details:

1037 PM PST TUE JAN 28 2014 …WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE CASCADES ABOVE 2000 FEET UNTIL 10 PM PST WEDNESDAY…SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…SNOQUALMIE PASS…STEVENS PASS… WHITE PASS…MOUNT BAKER…AND PARADISE. * FREEZING RAIN ACCUMULATION…A QUARTER TO THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH IS EXPECTED IN THE PASSES PRONE TO COLD EAST WINDS BEFORE THE PRECIPITATION CHANGES OVER TO JUST RAIN. THIS WILL IMPACT SNOQUALMIE AND STEVENS PASSES. * TIMING…AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN IN THE PASSES WILL CHANGE OVER TO JUST RAIN BY MIDMORNING WEDNESDAY. THE RAIN WILL CHANGE OVER TO SNOW ABOVE THE 3500 FOOT LEVEL DURING THE DAY WEDNESDAY. SNOW WILL BEGIN TO PICK UP LATE TONIGHT…WITH SOME LOCATIONS ABOVE THE 4500 FOOT LEVEL LIKE PARADISE…RECEIVING AN INCH OF SNOW PER HOUR AT TIMES. * MAIN IMPACT…EXPECT SLIPPERY OR ICY ROADS DUE TO FREEZING RAIN IN SNOQUALMIE…STEVENS…AND WHITE PASSES OVERNIGHT THROUGH AT LEAST EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. * TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION…10 TO 20 INCHES…WITH THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS FALLING SOUTH OF SNOQUALMIE PASS. LESSER AMOUNTS WILL FALL IN STEVENS AND SNOQUALMIE PASSES. * SNOW LEVEL…ABOVE 4500 FEET…FALLING TO 3500 TO 4000 FEET ON WEDNESDAY…AND BETWEEN 2500 TO 3000 FEET WEDNESDAY EVENING.

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27
Jan
AK's Richardson Hwy Avalanches

Photo: ADOT&PF

Massive avalanches have closed the Richardson Highway, the only road access to Valdez, from milepost 12-42. ADOT&PF maintenance crews successfully stabilized some sections of the highway over the weekend. Crews have begun removing debris from the milepost 39.5 slide. Other sections of the highway still remain far too unstable and unsafe to access. A large slide in Keystone Canyon that crossed the Lowe River has formed a dam which caused flooding in valley upstream. Some estimate the flooding to be 60ft deep. Some water is receding through an old railway tunnel but not enough to allow crews to begin removing the slide debris. ADOT&PF is working on rerouting ferry service to Valdez. An additional two direct Whittier to Valdez sailings will be added, for a total of three direct Whittier to Valdez sailings this week. An updated schedule will be available at FerryAlaska.com later today. The avalanche activity began on Friday, Jan. 24, at approximately 6:30 a.m. Multiple avalanches crossed the Richardson Highway in the Thompson Pass region. ADOT&PF closed the highway from milepost 12-64 through the weekend. The avalanches occurred naturally after the department made several attempts to mitigate avalanche risk up to 10 days prior to the closure. The video (courtesy: Vertical Solutions) taken yesterday shows the size of the avalanche and flooding in Keystone Canyon and the Lowe River. There have been no reports of any injuries.

 


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26
Jan

Mammoth Mtn. - great conditions video

2014 Mammoth Ski and Snowboard Team member, Eva Yguico, 13 yrs old, sent us her first video shot entirely at this mammoth ski area she calls her “home” mountain. Watch as the team and coaches show off the current conditions at Mammoth. The resort has been running 15 lifts with access to 51 trails. That’s amazing considering the resort only has 15-25″. But those who frequent Mammoth know: they can make their snow ski and last like no other resort in the Sierras. This video is proof of that. Enjoy and share this excellent video. We hope to see and hear more from Eva in the coming years. Go Eva!

 

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25
Jan

Knowing the NW conditions have been and remain somewhat boney in the lower elevations, the conditions are much better high with in the PNW Ring of Fire. This short vid below, from Carl Simpson, captures the Spring like conditions from earlier this month on Mt. Rainier’s Nisqually Chutes and a sweet, super long ski off Mt. St. Helens. Enjoy and think big SNOW!


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24
Jan
Mt. Rainier backcountry ski 1/16/14

Amar, Carl, Tara & Rory

An unusually long stretch of bluebird days continues in the Pacific NW. Coverage has been solid with plenty of terrain open for skiing and riding. Recently, Snow Troopers, Carl and Tara Simpson and Jeff Rich, together with mountain photographer, Jameson Florence, Rory Robinson and Amar Andalkar had a glorious day on Mt. Rainier. Carl reports: “they climbed from Paradise to Glacier Vista dropped down to the Nisqually and crossed the glacier.  Then climbed to about 10600′ on the Turtle and skied to the Nisqually Bridge. Snow was soft from about 8500′ til we hit the shade…Firm above 8500′.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23
Jan

Dean Cummings, Alaska heliski pioneer and big mountain, steep skiing icon, has been nominated for Avalaunch’s Winter Market Awards for Educator of the Year and Ambassador of the Year – congratulations Dean!  Since he began pioneering routes in Alaska’s Chugach Range, this former US Ski Team Captain has been working super hard to keep folks safe thanks to his FREE Steep Life Protocols safety presentation. His presentation recently toured 31 stops in 23 cities across 6 states including our home stomping grounds. Those who joined us for the free presentations experienced first hand the valuable knowledge and passion that Dean has to share. Please take a moment to click on this link and vote for Dean as Educator of the Year and Ambassador of the Year! Then join Dean at his Steep Life Party next Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at 6pm, Hyatt Regency Denver Strata Bar. All are welcome to join us for this fun event.


Dean Cummings' The Steep Life PARTY

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22
Jan

Pray for Trooper dog

Our Trooper dog has been very sick – the vet says he’s dying. TNT, who adopted him as a pup and taught him to ’ski’ the steepest slopes, is beside himself. We need to send them both some positive vibes today — pray for Trooper dog. So many of our readers have come to know Trooper and enriched his and our lives by sharing in our adventures on snow. A year ago, TNT posted this short conditions report from his backyard, Summit East (aka Hyak). Always accompanied by Trooper, he did a night skin up the ski area. It was a typical deep January day having just received over 12 inches in the past 24 hours at Hyak and 3 feet in the last 72 hours at Alpental. The kind of day that we and Trooper live for. I’ve often said that TNT is super intuitive – note his choice of music from Lionheart and the lyrics toward the end of this video: “we got 1 life to live, never know when it’s over. fight ’til my last day but i still fight to keep my composure”. Thanks for being a part of our lives and for helping to keep Trooper alive. Feel free to send a personal note to TNT using the mail icon link at the top right of this page.



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21
Jan

Alaska heliski pioneer and extreme skiing champ, Dean Cummings is throwing The Steep Life Party next Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at 6pm, Hyatt Regency Denver Strata Bar. All are welcome to join us for this fun event.

Dean Cummings' The Steep Life PARTY

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17
Jan

NEW WA Backcountry BookSo stoked to see that Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes Washington, is available for pre-order now. Those in the area can join the authors, Martin Volken and the guides of Pro Guiding Service for the book release party on Tues., Feb. 11, 2014 at the Mountaineers, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. This all new guide book includes 80 of the best routes in Washington (plus one in British Columbia). The routes range from accessible day trips suitable for relative beginners to more challenging multiday traverses. This guide book is a must have for anyone looking to ski or ride the best of Washington’s backcountry. Each route includes the following elements:

* Starting elevation and high point
* Elevation gain and loss
* Route distance
* Time required
* Recommended skill and fitness levels
* Best season to ski
* Maps and permits info
* Driving directions, from nearest major town or junction
* Detailed route description
* Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes: Washington also includes an introduction by legendary Northwest skier Lowell Skoog.

Martin Volken, owner of Pro Guiding Service and UIAGM certified Swiss Mountain Guide, also wrote the definitive book on Backcountry Skiing Snoqualmie Pass and co-authored the classic Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring And Ski Mountaineering. Add those to your library too. In addition, be sure to check out Pro Guiding Service’s wide range of ski touring courses and trips – one of our favs, Intro to Ski Touring starts tomorrow. Watch our video from the class and sign up now. Live to ski another day.

 

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15
Jan

Finally the ENTIRE “Cascade Crown” was blessed with the goods last week, beginning on the morning of the 9th, then a huge re-load Saturday night through Sunday. Here’s what the snowriding was like at one of the six gems, Crystal Mountain. Thanks to Carl Simpson for the sweet eye candy edit of their two great dayz last week!


Speaking of our Cascade Crown, that gives us so many options for folks East or West of the Crest, I wanted to let everyone know of a great deal for those that might be needing a ride out of the city up to the mountains to get their fix too! Our friends at Seattle Ski Shuttle are offering a ski shuttle originating out of West Seattle, with some strategic stops along the way, OR just hire the shuttle bus for an office ski day, b-day party, etc.


Crystal January 9th & 10th 2014 from Carl Simpson on Vimeo.

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