Well, the home mountain pass was in the national news today and it wasn’t because of the incredible amount of snowfall, Snoqualmie Pass has been receiving, but the fact the grass is out and growing (rather than beneath 17′ of snow… – as “Good Morning America” had mention)!?! Super bummed about the season we are having here in the Central Cascades, especially at the lower elevations. The talk around here in recent days, weeks, months has been, “Just a cycle or global warming”, and if not that then discussions of where the next road trip or flight might lead. This upcoming weekend, was to be our Alpental Vertfest, where Chris Davenport was scheduled to join us for a great festival and ski touring out of Alpental valley. So now that this upcoming weekend’s event has been moved to a new date, we are hoping for a solid season next year, to then show Chris a great time here at our Snoqualmie Pass, WA, stomping grounds. I know a lot of people are re-planning the rest of the season, so here’s something DAV has shared with everyone, a getaway he gives “a front row parking spot in his heart”, The Ultima Thule Lodge, which is located/based out of Chritina, AK, that happens to be 100 miles beyond McCarthy, AK (and per Ultima Thule Lodge, “100 miles from the end of the paved and maintained road system”).
This is a pretty cool vid of one of the most dynamic skiers on the planet, not to mention one of the fastest speed skiers too. A lap down Beaver Creek’s downhill course, “Birds of Prey” , prior this weekend’s 2015 World Championships. Btw, Ted Lidety took a bronze in the men’s “Alpine Combinded” yesterday (2/8/15, the second video below is his slalom run).
Below is the gold medal slalom lap (of the Alpine Combinded) by Marcel Hirscher, who on a side note, was 31st fastest in the DH part or the “Alpine Combinded”.
If you’re anywhere close the Cascade Range right now, you know it’s super wet, down right HOT and a lot of us thinking, it’s time to get the heck out of Dodge. The one nice thing we do have in our zone is more Glaciers than anywhere in the lower 48 and it’s snowing on most of them right now. Thinking early next week could provide some nice skiing with not too long of a drive to Mt. Rainier’s Paradise parking lot (for most of us at the Crest or to the West). Below is a yet another outing showing what can be had with some work, all captured on “film” by Carl Simpson of he and his wife (Tara) getting a little “fresh” snow “Between the Sheets & Above the Rain” this past Tuesday (2/3/15).
SnoSk8s are quite popular in the PNW, having many friends that can BIG mountain ride them. I should say, NOW they can ride the BIG mountains, as I can remember a bunch of friends taking it up years ago, when it was fresh, making comments like,” Snowskates (snosk8s) make a little mountain, BIG, but fast forward almost a decade (I think) and these guys are taking them to new heights (as they and the Sk8s evolved). Onto the vid below, not sure what the backstory might have been, or their knowledge in the bc, but as you can see, the tension was high… I’m sure for the Skater too, remembering that SnoSk8s make a small mountain much bigger ( making the nice sized sluff, to the sk8er, feel as if he were on a 2,000′ face in AK, being chased down by a monster). “Live to Ski Another Day!”
This is the “Final Chapter of Jeff Rich, Adam Roberts, Tim Black and Jason Hummel’s recent trip to the very snowy island of Hokkaido, Japan. Once agin, their timing was perfect (on wk #3), catching the backcountry of Kiroro and Rustsu ski areas in the hella DEEP, along with some great eye candy on Mount Yotei’s ski tour. Be sure to check out Jeff’s final edit of, what sure looked like to me, the TRIP of a lifetime. Also, be sure to visit Jason Hummel’s site @ Alpine State of Mind to see all of his amazing shots from this trip.
above:skier/ Adam Roberts, photo credit / Jason Hummel / Alpine State of Mind
Jeff Rich’s video below
The West slopes of the Washington Cascades is in for a very wet next few days. At higher elevations above 6000ft, the National Weather Service is forecasting by Sunday morning: 26″-48″ for Mt. Rainier and 34″-52″ in the Mt. Baker zone. Deep skiing like in the photo to the left is what we’re used to in late January and February. Fingers crossed that the snow level will lower but right now, it’s not looking like it – still there’s going to be snow – finally! If you’re planning to head into the backcountry for new snow, be sure to check the avalanche forecast at www.nwac.us. Live to ski another day! And don’t forget today is NWAC’s Snowball Fundraiser.
Take a look at the well thought out, Instinden backpack. Below are a few words from Bergans of Norway in regards to the “Istinden” backpack(s) (18L, 26L & 34L).
Alright, as I’m posting this “Spring Like” video of Tara and Carl Simpsons’ latest adventure to Mt. Rainier, the “Spring Like” weather continues ( Spring=Variable ), as there is fresh snow to be had today, in the same zones featured in the vid below. However, just like Spring, it will be quite different before you know it (and you will see shots of Carl in a t-shirt, just like to one to the left), so get after the small dose of fresh in the high country, while the gettin’ is good.
photo credit / Tara Simpson, skier / Carl Simpson
You may remember the gnarly unstable slope Julien Lopez found himself on a while back where he narrowly escaped death (if not, take a quick look below before watching today’s FWT incident).
Below are a few words from the Freeride World Tour in regards to today’s incident involving Julien Lopez (as he was hiking back up to grab his lost ski).
After the decision to stop the competition in Kappl / Austria, we thought we would catch up with Julien Lopez and the mountain guides to try to understand what happened and how Julien is doing after his scare. In this episode of the FWT Journal you will hear that “risk zero” does not exist and that no matter how many safety measure you take, and the tour organizers go above and beyond with this, the danger of avalanche is always very real in the mountains. Food for thoughts! Stay safe out there…
They didn’t need a groundhog in Whitefish Montana, to tell them wax the boards, the locals of Whitefish Mountain Resort, MT have Eric (aka Tyme Masheen) and Big Dave to report the conditions just around the corner, not to mention there fantastic job of reporting the daily conditions on the mountain. Awesome job guys! Also, want to give a shout out to another friend, Craig Moore of GlacierWorld.com (featured in the 2/2/15 vid below as Eric’s video victim) who takes epic shots year round in this amazing part of our beautiful country.