Winter storm warning in effect for our Washington mountains for elevations above 3500 ft – fast forward to winter. HERE WE GO!!! Here’s the full text from the National Weather Service: WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET FOR HEAVY SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON. * HAZARD TYPE…HEAVY SNOW. * SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…HURRICANE RIDGE…MOUNT BAKER SKI AREA… STEVENS PASS…PARADISE…WHITE PASS. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…4 INCHES AT STEVENS PASS…WHITE PASS…AND HURRICANE RIDGE. 4-8 INCHES AT MOUNT BAKER SKI AREA AND PARADISE. * TIMING…SNOW SHOWERS WILL OCCUR TODAY THEN TAPER THIS EVENING. * IMPACTS…THIS IS THE FIRST EVENT OF THE SEASON THAT WILL BRING SNOW TO ELEVATIONS AS LOW AS STEVENS PASS. THE CRITERIA FOR WINTER STORMS IN THE MOUNTAINS IS LOWER FOR THE FIRST EVENT OF THE SEASON…4 INCHES. AT THIS TIME IT APPEARS THAT SNOQUALMIE PASS WILL REMAIN BELOW THE SNOW LEVEL TODAY AND JUST GET RAIN.
This Summer our friends Connor Eagan and, his splitboard parter and now fiancee, Sara Dyson spent an epic couple of weeks exploring Argentina. Sara and Connor got a ton of adventure on this tirp, along with a little snowriding too! Stoked for you two, may all of your adventures together be EPIC! This trip sure looked fantastic, thanks for the share you guys!
photo credit/Sara Dyson, splitboarder/Connor Eagan
Western Washington received its 1st snowfall of the season with Alpental reporting today that it amounted to 5″ of new snow up top. Winter is fast approaching and we can’t wait. If you haven’t already, be sure to get the Summit at Snoqualmie season pass at a discount before their deadline of October 31st. In the meantime, meet us tomorrow, Oct. 25th for Roktoberfest at Alpental 6pm-11pm. Click on the image at right for more event info. See ya there!
Wanted to share this sweet Cliff Jumping edit as we wind down the off-season that gets us to the new round of Cascade fresh snow. H2O baby, we get a lot of up here, I am always thankful for a great cold Winter that gives a little hope to our rapidly shrinking glaciers. Need those ever flowing Cascade glaciers to keep our gardens green and the big cliff huckin’ pools deep! Check it out for a mid-day boost!
My first big impression of Sweetgrass was four years back with their film “Signatures” where they proved to me you don’t need massive cliffs and/or lines to make an epic film. Then the next time was when, Mt. Baker loc and friend, Zack Giffen made and appearance in the Jungle segment of “Valhalla”. However this next film “Afterglow” has completely blown me away. On top of that I’m proud to say that a couple of Alpental shralpers made the credits in this epic segment, which I can’t wait to see on the BIG screen. Way to go Mark Erickson and Shane Treat, stoked to have some local friends that have worked super hard for years to gain massive knowledge of the mountains and film to progress into a project that brings such a visual bliss to all of the eyeballs wanting it NOW! Also bringing it to those that don’t ski/snowboard, giving them a better understanding of the feeling we get from riding snow! To me, this video best depicts the euphoric feeling one can get from riding a cloud of POWDER! Live to Ski Another Day!
This past October 16th, 2014, Tara and Carl Simpson, Hugh Gren, Alicia Brannan, David O’Donnell, Zack Jessel, Jeff Rich and myself all met up to kick off another season of skiing the Cascades and living life to the fullest! Our PNW October months are usually pretty wet and gloomy, making for a good month to get the last minute tasks completed, before the snow falls at our doors. However, this month has been filled with sun, warmth and a lot of phones calls to get out and HIKE. So as the faucet turned on this past week, we all knew that a trip up to Camp Muir on Thursday could be a fun one with some wind packed freshies and maybe 5 mins of sun. Well we got the snow right, but the sun was out to play that day (except for maybe 5 mins ). Below is a short video, Carl Simpson and I put together of our Thursday walk in the park. Get the gear dialed/purchased, and the chores taken care of, because the lift served action will be here soon.
We had hoped our friend, Mike Rolfs out of Wenatchee, could have joined us for our “Muir Snowfield” day on Rainier this past Thursday, but he couldn’t swing the bigger journey. However, Mike did get to take a beautiful walk to the Hyas Glacier at the base of the majestic Mt. Daniel (10/16/14). The Hyas glacier was holding 6″ of fresh for Mike’s mid-day yo yo session… Thanks for the pre-season STOKE!
The Climate Prediction Center just issued their outlook for this winter (December through February). Cooler and wetter weather “might” be headed to Southern California (fingers crossed for Mammoth) while slightly warmer and drier weather is possible for the Pacific NW. We’ve heard that before and ended up with pretty much the norm for the PNW. Relatively speaking, that still amounted to more snow than most other resort areas — well, that’s our hope anyway. The short video below breaks it all down.
I really like this HanSolo style vid from Adrian Dingle out the “BIG Mountain” zone of MT. In the video below Adrian takes sun cup skiing to another level… Damn! As I had mentioned in a post the other day, we are planning on making an early season stop to “Whitefish Mountain Resort”, so I am in high hopes Adrian will be calling BIG Mountain his home for another lift served season. Can’t wait to see him destroy the goods like “Buckle Your Boots” in waist deep fluff.
Here’s an exciting one from our Teton friend, Dorian Densmore, who also likes spending some time down in South America hitting BIG lines with some of his good ski/splitboarding friends. Just like he did with Alejo Sanchez Predovic & Lee Lyon in the sweet video below “Cerro Arribas”, taken this past October 2nd, 2014. The target was Cerro Rincon to ride the super tight, steep and LOOONG line of Supercanaleta. Check it out, especially if you are having a hard time making it through this Monday! PNW volcano snow’s on the WAY and hitting CO today! photo grab by skier Dorian Densmore and Thumbnail pic credit/ Alejo Sanchez Predovic