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Alpental, WA -Meet Chris Davenport at Verfest 2015!

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Mt. Baker, WA – Helioptrope Hot Laps

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Mt. Rainier, WA – Nisqually November Corn Harvest

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06
Feb
Mt. Rainier, WA 2/4/2014

photo: Tara Simpson of Rory Robison

Based on recent trip reports Paradise seemed like the place to be. Carl & Tara Simpson, Zack & Stephanie Jessel, and David O’Donnell headed up to Muir on Feb 4, 2014. With up to another 12″ of new snow in the forecast by Sunday, Paradise is going to be, well, Paradise. Here’s what Carl reports: We made it to 10k but couldn’t find Muir so we skied down along our skin track in a white out. At the base of Pan Face we decided to go check out the Mazama area. We found our best powder turns of the season so far. After our second lap we were out of time but decided to return the following day for more face shots. With talk of thigh deep blower we managed to round up a good sized crew who were willing to face the wind and the cold. The crew included Carl & Tara Simpson, Zack Jessel, Rory Robison, Kyle Miller, David O’Donnell, James Fletcher, and Alicia Brannan. The increasing wind affected many of the slopes and slabs were forming. Caution to people traveling in the coming days especially when we get new snow. We managed to find mostly unaffected snow, that flew up into your face, woooooo! Another amazing day in Paradise with good friends!

 

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05
Feb

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Much of Colorado is under a wind chill warning as an arctic airmass continues to sit overhead. Up at Loveland Basin, ski patrol closed access to the summit and the free cat skiing terrain as temps hit a wind chilled -37. With the possibility of frost bite with just 10 minutes of exposure, I made sure to cover up well. My usual routine would involve a neck gaiter pulled up and over my nose and tucked under my goggles = inevitably leading to fogged goggles. So I was very much hoping a new product called SnowzNoze would work. SnowzNoze is a fleece lined neoprene piece that velcros to the bottom of your goggles and hangs over and covers your nose (pictured in pink). By end of day, fingers and toes were frozen but not my nose or face (which I could cover without blocking my nose – thus, goggles remained fog-free). Awesome! That such a simple product could work so well. Very happy since, temps aside, the skiing was great: coldest smoke ever. With more snow on the way and temps remaining in the single digits and dropping below zero, be sure to add this to your list of essential cold weather gear. Live to ski another day!

SnowzNoze- field tested to -37

Field tested to work at -37F

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02
Feb

Stevens Pass 2/1/14

Jameson Florence sent us these shots from the Stevens Pass backcountry yesterday and cautions that “things were pretty sketchy…the snow that did stick to the mountain skied really well though…got some great turns in, face shots were had and powder was slayed”. With the recent snow storm hitting our Washington Cascades, Stevens Pass ski resort is currently reporting powder and packed powder conditions and a snow base depth of 63″ and 85″ at their base lodge and top, respectively. Enjoy the new snow and live to ski another day! Congratulations Seahawks and the 12th man!
Stevens Pass 2/1/14

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01
Feb
Du Praz Skis

Serge DuPraz

The 2014 Snow Sports Industry Show wraps up the expo part of the show on Sunday and moves to Copper Mountain for on the snow demos. As was the case in past years, there’s a lot to see. But what makes this year different is the number of companies with products in the backcountry space and that’s exciting for us. There are more alpine touring bindings, skis, boots and avalanche safety products than ever. Here’s a peek at just a few products for the 2014-2015 season. We’ll bring you more in the coming days so please check back.

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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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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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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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