Wondering where to ski and ride this June 15-16 weekend? Look no further than the Pacific NW – Washington and Oregon have the only 2 ski areas open to the public for lift served skiing and snowboarding this weekend. Crystal Mountain, WA will run its gondola and Green Valley lift from 8:30am – 3pm to access terrain on the upper mountain. Mt. Hood Timberline will run its Magic Mile and Palmer lifts from 7am-2pm for top to bottom access on a 72″ base. This is Crystal Mountain’s final weekend of skiing and riding so get it while you can. If the forecast is right, we’re looking at shorts and t-shirt weather all weekend long. Don’t forget the sunblock – we’re getting about 16hrs of daylight up here in WA now.
I really love this video Carl Simpson cranked out from his past week+ of the “Snow Gods’ given goods up at our late season stompin’ grounds (up here on Snoqualmie Pass, WA). Not much more to say except grab that Sunday morning coffee and click PLAY. This video is excellent and fast moving, enjoy it as I edit our trip up to Mt. Baker’s Table mountain from this past Friday, with the two featured snow riders in this vid (Jeff Rich and Carl Simpson) along with the one and only Hugo Harrison… Stay tuned!
ATTN Parents: The BANGER video below has one explicit word with in it, that slipped by the edit…
Here is the video to go with our post from earlier this week that captured some of the June 1st action on Silver Peak with a fun group of friends.
The Pacific NW weather is amazing this week. In case you’re thinking about heading to the Snoqualmie Pass area for some turns, here’re a few shots of the conditions at Alpental. Top 3/4 or so are still skiable but if you want to be on snow from the car, head to Silver Peak instead (see post below).
What a great start to June 2013. The weather finally cleared yesterday. We headed to Silver Peak in the Snoqualmie Pass area to find a party up there – over 2 dozen skiers and mountaineers turned out to enjoy Silver Peak at its peak. Snow coverage and conditions are perfect right now for both the skin up and ski down. The back of Silver Peak is still skiable as are the frontside chutes off the main summit where everyone usually ends up. The road is melted out to about 100′ short of the Mt. Catherine trailhead. Check back soon for the video.
In an earlier post, we told you about U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)’s launch of US Topo – free (!) online topographic maps that can be downloaded and printed at the USGS Store. Created in the familiar 7.5-minute quadrangle format like the legacy paper maps, US Topo maps are supported by frequent updating (3 year cycles) and feature on-screen geographic analysis. For those new to these digital maps, USGS now offers a video tutorial on using US Topo, the GeoPDF functionality and Terrago tools available for use with their GeoPDFs. The USGS Map store has free downloads of all the topographic maps ever produced by the USGS, including historic maps. Take advantage of these free tools and maps and be prepared when going into the backcountry. Live to ski another day!
Sunrise Road in Mt. Rainier National Park is currently projected to open in a month on June 28th. The road ends at an elevation of 6,400ft, making it the highest road in the park. The Sunrise area offers endless backcountry skiing and riding from the parking lot and what we think are the best views of Mount Rainier and the Emmons glacier. The road to the White River campground is already open but the campground itself isn’t pegged to open until June 28th as well. Cougar Rock campground is expected to open a day earlier. Ohanapecosh campground opened on May 24th. Sunrise is located 60 miles northeast of the Nisqually Entrance and 14 miles northwest of the Sunrise/White River turnoff on Highway 410.
Yesterday, Red Bull went live with video of the world’s highest BASE jump ever at 23,688ft above sea level. Russian extreme sports star Valery Rozov (48) made the jump off the north face of Mount Everest earlier this month. He reached speeds of 125 mph. Sure beats hiking down. Check it out.
Happy Memorial Day to all skiers & riders. Many of us saw fresh snow for the long weekend – here in Washington, New England and overseas, the winter like weather just keeps coming. Crystal Mountain (WA), Mt. Hood (OR), Mammoth Mountain (CA), A-Basin (CO), Aspen (CO), Whistler Blackcomb all opened this weekend for lift served turns. Here in Washington, the National Weather Service forecasted snow for the West slopes of the Cascades above 4000-6500ft all week and Crystal Mountain received 6″ by the time this weekend got started (it’s a cool 32 degrees at the summit right now). Overseas, our friend Tom Greenall reports the same – he spent the day on the Aiguille du Midi of Chamonix, France skiing the Rognon variation of the classic Vallee Blanche route. Here’s his video. Send us yours from this weekend to share.