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Mar

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The video below was taken this past Sunday (3/9/15), out of Snoqualmie Pass. I had spent the perfcetly warm day with local Alpentalic friends, Frank Sosa and Morgan Miller, riding some decent snow on most aspects. Too bad the snow level has been just above this zone all weekend, because there has been a load of rain falling on the Pass… Maybe time to head for the volcanoes!?!


Morgan Miller (left) takes a look at the NO snow zone we’d just departed from at sun break.



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Mar

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Adam Roberts stayed in his Hwy 542 home zone this past weekend for his ski fix. Hooking up w/ Glacier Ski Shop’s, John Adams, to join him for what I’ve only heard from lots of other rippers. Snow Boating! But first a little back story, a bunch of years ago my good friend Dale Boehm and myself met John, who after a long chat, gave us a little local info, then I was lucky enough to capture some vid of his badass tele turns off of Grouse Ridge. I can only image what this “Snow Boating” looks like in waist deep powder. John is truly a real skier, having spent time talking to him in the backcountry, and at his “real skier” ski shop called “Glaicer Ski Shop”. They can help all snow lovers with gear from easy days on the Mt. Baker lifts, or the gear needed for the burly descents off Shuksan and Baker. Live to ski another day, CHECK the vid, and most of all stop in and see John next time you are rolling through Glacier, WA.

 


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Mar

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Jeff Rich was given a shout by Jason Hummel this past week (3/7- 3/9/15) for, what our good friend Martin Volken dubbed back in the Summer of ‘98, “The Forbidden Tour“. Jeff was stoked to join Jason, Andy Traslin and his brother Mike Traslin. A couple of super funny and very strong Canadians that always make for a great time! As you will see in the video below, Jeff put together, they hit the weather perfectly. Enjoy the video and stayed tuned for some of Jason Hummel’s photos that he captured of their “2015 Forbidden Tour”.

 

 

On a side note, if this is something that might interest you, already having spent a fair amount of time ski mountaineering, but maybe a little big for you and your crew, I’d highly recommend giving Martin Volken’s Pro Guiding Service a call. They offer so many amazing trips and courses though out the year, there is certainly something to fit every Snow Trooper out there!

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Mar

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Tara and Carl Simpson have been on the road chasing snow with success (especially when the hit SLC a week ago). Now, they are back at home, where they are keeping that ski stoke alive, by always getting, chasing the best snow and new lines. The edit below, is from this past Sunday (3/9/15) up out of Mt. Rainier’s Paradise parking lot.


Also, if you happen to be coming in from further out, than a typical PNW day Rainier trip (which averages about 6 hrs behind a windshield, for a BIG ass day of climbing/skiing), I’d recommend checking out the Longmire Lodge which is located 20 mins or so below the Paradise Lodge lot (btw, the Paradise Lodge will have their “121 guest rooms, the Paradise Inn Dining Room, Tatoosh Café, and gift shop filled with souvenirs, apparel, memorable gifts, prints from local photographers, and pottery crafted by local artisans” available to the public this year from May 20th – October 5th).



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09
Mar

Mt. Baker Ski Area announced yesterday that they are temporarily suspending operations due to low snow. Hopefully, March will bring the 6-12″ of new snow needed to reopen. The Mt. Baker / Mt. Hood Meadows Season Pass Holder Exchange program is in effect while Mt. Baker is closed. Mt. Baker 2014/15 passholders who have already used their 5 time exchange can purchase discounted $10 lift tickets for Mt. Hood Meadows through the end of their season. Special accommodations rates at Cooper Spur are also available to Mt. Baker 2014/15 passholders. Additional details in the video below. Pray for snow!

 

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Mar

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Below is the 2015 White Pass Ski Area Winter Carnival edit of our weekend spent there last season on 2/28 and 3/1. What a blast all of us had, charging the perfect corduroy and “boot top” cold pow we found in their bc, BOTH days. Due to the incredible lack of snow on our home pass (Snoqualmie), it was no wonder to have run into so many Alpental skiers, getting a fix too. That isn’t what surprised me though, it was how many of the Snoqualmie Pass locs had never skied White Pass, well this is what ever single person had mentioned (in some way or another), “This place rocks! The people are so friendly and down to earth, and the “earth” they have to ski in and out of bounds is LEGIT!” If you have never been to White Pass, you owe it to yourselves to put it on the hit list, then I’m sure you will be itching to go back (just like I am, right now).


I’d also like to mentioned, the White Pass Village Inn has great loft rooms with kitchens to make for a cheap trip with the crew. However, as we found out, coming in from the Eastside on Hwy 12, all the grocery stores on the way, don’t open until 7AM.



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Tara and Carl Simpson hit the road a week or so ago for MT, to chase some snow. Then, they tacked down to the Wasatch where they found a GREAT time in Sandy Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon. Check out Carl’s short edit below.
(photo credit – Carl Simpson)


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05
Mar

Josh Langdon has been having a blast in recent days down in Northern Arizona. Having a blast because, “March came in like a Lion” for our friends down in Arizona (amongst a bunch of other places too, besides Snoqualmie Pass :-( ) Josh’s good times have been taking place out of his home mountain, Arizona Snowbowl , which is located just outside the city of Flagstaff. The video below was taken on 3/3/15. Enjoy!

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Mar

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Here’s another short clip to check out while I finish up this past weekend’s video from White Pass Ski Area. This clip below was in the “near” White Pass Ski Area bc… Choice! BTW, they are open today!



*Also, as mentioned before, the White Pass Village Inn has great loft rooms with kitchens to make for a cheap trip with the crew. However, as we found out coming in from the East side, on Hwy 12, all the grocery stores on the way, don’t open until 7AM.

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03
Mar

 width= Here’s a slightly condensed version of the 2015 White Pass Ski Area “Winter Carnival” fireworks display (2/28/2015). As I had mentioned in my posts earlier this week, the Winter Carnival was blessed with 8″or so of perfect cold “velvet like” powder, for both days! This last storm really set the mountain up perfectly, they are now open daily with fabulous grooming for some really high speed carving, along with great park features for those who rock! Also, I just spoke with Adam Roberts who told me he skied White Pass Ski Area today and it was GREAT!


The fireworks display video below was taken entirely at the White Pass Village Inn which, as you will see, is located just across the “road” from the base area. Super close to the lifts and perfect to soak the tired bones after an epic day on the slopes!


(left) photo taken from the HOT pool at the White Pass Village Inn


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