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25
Aug

This weekend, the Pacific Northwest finally cooled down and received a bit of moisture. It was a welcome relief after experiencing such a long stretch of hot, dry weather. NOAA reports that the entire western U.S. was warmer than average this summer, with Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah each having a top ten warm month. Oregon also had its driest July on record and here in Washington, we enjoyed our eighth driest July.

 

2014winterWith cooler weather upon us, we turn our thoughts to winter again. The Farmers’ Almanac just released their outlook for the 2013-2014 winter and it looks good for most of the nation:

 

“For 2013–2014, we are forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the nation. A large area of below-normal temperatures will predominate from roughly east of the Continental Divide to the Appalachians, north and east through New England…. Only for the Far West and the Southeast will there be a semblance of winter temperatures averaging close to normal, but only a few areas will enjoy many days where temperatures will average above normal…. Precipitation-wise, the Southern Plains, Midwest, and Southeast will see above-normal conditions, while the rest of the country will average near normal.” Their outlook for the Pacific Northwest is calling for drier than normal conditions. However, considering we get more snow than most in a normal winter, we’re hopeful that it’ll be business as usual. The outlook is calling for heavy winter weather across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic the first 10 days of February and storms from coast to coast in mid-March. We can’t wait!!

Check out more details in the Winter Outlook from Farmers’ Almanac!

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15
Aug

Mt. RainierI spent 2 days this past week (Aug. 8-9, 2013) hiking Mt. Rainier from both the Sunrise and Paradise Visitor Centers. We had a loooong, hot dry spell in the Pacific NW (that just broke today with rain, still warm temps though) so the lower half of Mt. Rainier is snow free now. All trails out of Sunrise are dry (see pix below) as are the trails out of Glacier Basin. See below – dry all the way up to Inter Glacier until the last short pitch to Steamboat Prow (with snow that’s not worth getting after). Trails out of Paradise are also dry with just 3-4 short patches of snow (i.e. not skinnable) until reaching the Muir Snowfield above Pebble Creek. Sun cups were sizable on the snowfield but were soft by early afternoon given the hot sun (temps in the low-mid 70s). Didn’t see any skiers/boarders on this trip.

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13
Aug

shaneMatchstick Productions announced dates for the U.S. tour of its film “McCONKEY” -the long-awaited story of the most influential skier ever. Shane McConkey, a freeskiing and ski base jumping pioneer, inspired countless skiers and this new film, “McConkey”, celebrates and pays tribute to his life and achievements. Check out the trailer and be sure to catch it when it comes to your city. For more info and updates, go to www.theskimovie.com.


 

Squaw Valley, CA 10.05.13 @ KT BASE BAR (OUTDOOR VENUE)

Portland, OR 10.07.13 @ NEWMARK THEATRE

Seattle, WA 10.08.13 @ MCCAW HALL

Los Angeles, CA 10.11-16.13 @ THE REGENT THEATRE

Park City, UT 10.11.13 @ JIM SANTY AUDITORIUM

New York, NY 10.11.13 @ VILLAGE EAST CINEMA

San Francisco, CA 10.14.13 @ PALACE OF FINE ARTS THEATRE

Jackson, WY 10.16.13 @ CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Crested Butte, CO 10.18.13 @ CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Boulder, CO 10.20.13 @ BOULDER THEATER

Denver, CO 10.21.13

Boise, ID 10.24.13 @ EGYPTIAN THEATRE

Missoula, MT 10.26.13 @ WILMA THEATRE

Vancouver, BC 10.29.13 @ CENTENNIAL THEATRE

Whistler, BC 10.30.123 @ MILLENNIUM PLACE

Salt Lake City, UT 11.02.13 @ THE CLIFF LODGE, SNOWBIRD

Minneapolis, MN 11.08.13 @ PANTAGES THEATRE

Boston, MA 11.12.13 @ JOHN HANCOCK HALL

Burlington, VT 11.14.13 @ HIGHER GROUND

Portsmouth, NH 11.15.13 @ THE MUSIC HALL

Asheville, NC 11.19.13 @ DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE

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12
Aug

Mammoth Mountain, Snowbird and Whistler Blackcomb join Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows in offering The Mountain Collective™ Pass for the 2013-2014 winter season. Each 2013-14 passholder will receive: 12 days total at The Collective destinations: 2 days at AltaSnowbird 2 days at Aspen/Snowmass 2 days at Jackson Hole 2 days at Mammoth 2 days at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows 2 days at Whistler Blackcomb – Plus 50% off all additional days at The Collective destinations. No blackout dates. Passholders also receive up to 25% off lodging at The Collective destinations. All our favorite resorts outside of the Pacific NW on one pass – we love it! Get this great deal now WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.


$379* USD ADULT PASS … $239* USD CHILD (12 & UNDER) PASS.

Visit www.TheMountainCollective.com or call (800) 705-6286 for more information.

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07
Aug

We’re on a hot streak in the Pacific NW with the only good snow remaining found on our glaciers. So we find our thoughts drifting south with focus on Portillo in Chile’s Andes Mountains. Their winter season opened a month ago. Its 1235 acres of skiable terrain attracts the most world class skiers each summer. It hosts summer training for the U.S., Canadian and Austrian National Ski Teams, among others. According to coaches, the accessibility, service, runs, and snow make Portillo second to none when it comes to organizing summer training sessions for premier Olympic skiers.  It also hosts the most elite freeride camp every summer coached by Chris Davenport of Aspen, CO, Mike Douglas of Whistler, BC, Ingrid Backstrom of Squaw Valley, CA, Wendy Fisher of Crested Butte, CO, and Chris Anthony of Vail, CO. Check out the video below. The Superstars Camp is geared towards expert skiers looking to take their skiing to the next level with coaching on the skills of steep skiing, terrain recognition and management, proper mechanics and powder skiing techniques. This year’s camp, which takes place August 10-17, is sold out. But you can still ski Portillo and hang with the elite athletes. The ski area has just one hotel offering all-inclusive accommodations (see below) to a maximum of 450 guests a week (hey, that’s about the capacity of a 747). That means guests, Chris, Ingrid and athletes have the opportunity to dine and apres together. Good times for sure! For more information or to book a Portillo vacation, visit www.skiportillo.com, email reservas@skiportillo.com or call toll-free from North America, 1.800.829.5325. And be sure to plan early for next summer’s Superstars Camp.

 


Ski Portillo weeks are based on a Saturday-to-Saturday stay and all packages include: Seven days unlimited access to ski lifts; seven nights lodging; four meals per day (breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner); complimentary use of heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna,  fitness center, full court gymnasium, aerobics and yoga classes, cinema, game room with rock climbing wall, children’s activities, disco, piano bar, ski check, boot check and timed race courses; day care for children ages 4 to 7 years old is free of charge.

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03
Aug

That’s right, I hear that train is comin’, comin’ around the bend… I mean comin’ around the lake, from Easton WA, to Snoqualmie Pass, WA. The train I’m referring to is the Aardvark Food Hut’s new home, which our good friend Dan Wood (Aardvark’s owner/operator) has been working on the restoration for quite sometime now. Finally the work down in Easton on the train is completed, and now Dan’s HUGE task is to get that monster train car up to the Pass. So, what we are in high hopes from all of our friends, who call Snoqualmie Pass their home turf to our snow lovin’ friends around the world, is to help give that train a boost rolling up to it’s new home. That new home will be located right between the Chevron and Hotel. Dan’s food is fantastic, and we all can’t wait to have him in his new train car, creating a down home Snoqualmie Pass hang out! Check out the vid below and please hit the kickstarter site and help out if you can. Thanks Snow Troopers!


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31
Jul

Having taken the last two weeks off from skiing and spending them right here on Snoqualmie Pass, hiking North of I-90, prompted this post. Back on May 12th-14th, Andrew Eckels, Jacob Mandell, Garett Roth, and Cory Tarilton took a nice walk North of Interstate 90, looking for good lines and good times. Well, they found both and to share some of the good times, Andrew put together the sweet video (along with a few words) below that recaps their 3 day walkabout.



For Snoqualmie Traverse: Back in May myself, Jacob, Cory, and Garret set out to do a big traverse in the snoqualmie pass area. The trip began with a starlit skin through the commonwealth basin to the Kendall catwalk where we spent the night. On our way to Mt Thompson we ran witnessed wet slide activity and decided to scale back our trip. We spent some time napping by a lake and climbing a funny little couloir before setting out for Alaska mountain where we set up camp. In the morning we summited Alaska and began an interesting descent. It took some shenanigans but we found the one way down the mountain which happened to be a very thinly covered gully.



From there we headed back up silver creek and did a side trip to ski one of the kendall couloirs before heading back up to the catwalk. We descended the commonwealth at sunset and made it to the car just before dark

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24
Jul

This past Sunday, July 21st, I wanted to blaze a trail towards Alta Pass to enjoy the epic day along with seeking out new targets for next year. I mostly wanted to bang out a short edit to share/ turn everyone on to some excellent music, performed by my bro Jared Adair aka Soulfuli. Jared is new to the Puget Sound, out of Georgia, so I can’t wait to get his music backing next year’s powder action, along with getting our new friend out on the slopes, so he can too experience the sicness we all suffer from… In the snow covered mountains near YOU!


Mt. Rainier as seen from Alta Pass – 7/21/13


Below are some of the views from Snoqualmie Pass to Alta Pass backed by the song “Head High” performed by Soulfuli, from the album Head High. Check him out and keep tuned for upcoming Soulfuli shows here in the Puget Sound!

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14
Jul

Super short but banger video from Tara and Carl Simpson’s trip to Chinook Pass this past June 13th. The banger day day began with snow flakes falling from the sky up on Chinook Pass then ended with Kayaks falling from Silver Falls in some serious high volume whitewater (aboard those vessels are Kyle Hull and Erik Johnson). Wicked, be sure to check it!



photo credit – Carl Simpson


photo credit – Carl Simpson





















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09
Jul

This past June 6th, a gang of Snow Troopers headed for Glacier, WA to kick off a weekend filled with good friends, campfires, guitars, and sun cup skiing. Every year we try to get up at least a couple times during the “Summer time” to soak it all in. This trip I was extra stoked, because Hugo Harrison had given us shout mid May for a final ski before the Summer mode up in Pemberton/Whistler. We watched the weather for weeks and it never panned out, so the first week of June was looking like we could dodge the Spring rain bullet, so we rolled the dice and went for it. We showed up on Friday afternoon to fantastic weather in Glacier, thinking it would be choice the following day too (calling for 30 percent chance of showers).

We woke up the next morning to a very light drizzle (which we have all seen before in the early hours of prior trips), but by the time we arrived at Heather Meadows, the drizzle had become full on rain! We all decided to chill in Zack’s killer Sprinter van and wait out the storm with stories, nonsense and laughs. I should say all of us, except “young” Andrew Eckels who is know for not being able to sit still for more than 5 minutes at a time. Therefore, in 15 minutes he had mentioned 3 times of the weather looking like it was clearing, “so let’s move everyone!” He had no luck with the group except for two suckers he talked into joining him on a sketchy Mt. Herman adventure ( now in sideways 20 mph rain). Those two suckers were Jerad Merbs and Andrews friend, Frazier. Once they hit the summit and did some micro laps up on top, they skied down Bagley Lakes to hook up with the rest of the group which was now moving uphill too. The rest of the group included Sting, Zack Jessel, Jeff Rich, Woods, Carl Simpson and Hugo Harrison. As the group reached Artist Point the clouds started to lift. Just when it was time to click in and ski off Table the sun started to SHINE and the good times began. Even though the bulk of the day was spent shooting the breeze in the Sprinter Van, the good finish to the day sure sent everyone home feeling much more satisfied (and tired). Below is the video with some of the highlights. To take a look HERE for Sting’s original post along with her pics



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