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15
Apr

 width=Our friend Jackson Dove had so much fun last year on his trip to Golden Alpine Holidays, that is was just revisited recently (this trip was to the Sunrise lodge – seen in pic from the G.A.H. website). Below is a short writeup from Jackson, along with his sweet short edit, that sums up their trip to this remote lodge located in Esplanade Range of the Selkirks. So remote, G.A.H. gets you out there via heli.


This March we spent a week at Golden Alpine Holidays‘ Sunrise Lodge. The forecast of a sketchy snowpack with several deep persistent weak layers from earlier in the season would keep us to low angle terrain below treeline. The weather also delayed part of our group and supplies from flying into the lodge the first day. Luckily a weather window opened and we got in the next day. Then it started dumping snow and combined with the amazing terrain and pillow zones at Sunrise Lodge made for another all time week of human-powered shredding in the Esplanades. By the end of the week we were beginning to go native, and hoped that the storm would continue and prevent us from ever flying out.

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12
Apr

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No time to type about our day from yesterday, ’cause we gots to go play, eh!!! Get out and get some sun and snow too!

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11
Apr

 width=Little “Hans Solo Production” messing around skiing to a lake (in the 4K to 3K zone) the past two afternoons. Very relaxing, even though the timber below 3,500′ is becoming a little testy, with more and more debris / holes appearing every day. Heading up higher than the pass today, to seek out open sunny slopes to play! :-)

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10
Apr

 width= As many of you know, our snowpack at 3,000 feet in the Central Cascades is looking good. Here’s a quick peek at our biggest peak, and how it’s lower elevations are looking (apx 10,500′ to 5,500′), as we move forward into our post season adventures. Be sure to check out Carl Simpson’s edit from this past Monday (4/7/2014). BTW, if you want a super long glacier skis like the one below, that yields over 5,000′, then be sure to click the link in our “sponsor” window to get info about H2O Guides / H2O Outdoor Gear, so you can book a trip before their AK heli season wraps up for 2014. (photo/edit credit – Carl Simpson)

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09
Apr

 width=Calling this edit, “Real Snowriders”, because it was one of those weekends where everyone I skied with (no matter what tool they were rocking to ride the snow) was having a blast riding the truly Spring conditions. The fresh snow off the top was good fun to start the day off on both Saturday and Sunday, but became much heavier in the afternoon. Oh yeah, we also got a little wet Sunday afternoon, but we looked at that as an aid to speed up the lower mountain sweet corn. Below is the somewhat short edit with a bunch of friends just having fun! Alpental is open until Cinco de Mayo, so mark it on the calendar and we will see you this weekend.

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08
Apr

View of Lundine from Hyak, WA

With temps hitting the 70s under full sun yesterday at Snoqualmie Pass, WA, a bunch of folks made a bee line for Hyak. Views of Lundin, Kendall couloir, etc. in the backcountry beckoned but with recent snow and high temps, touring at the resort seemed to be the better choice. Over a dozen others had the same idea. TNT, Jeff Rich, Eric Roose and I did laps up the face and backside. By mid-afternoon, it was HOT -like July. We all wished we were in shorts like Jeff. The snow was incredible – best conditions so far this spring. See for yourself in this short video.

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06
Apr

 width=Alright folks! Stoked to be sharing yet ANOTHER “Jr. Freeskiing comp” short vid from The Summit at Snoqualmie. This one was named “Wilderside Sunday” (for the Wildside chair and the final Sunday of Summit West’s 2013/2014 season. The season started out slowly but it went out with a bang. First the pond skim on Saturday, then the Jr. Freeskiing comp on Sunday! Be sure to watch this one and share it up with your friends, then be sure to not miss a minute of lift served at Alpental through Cinco De Mayo!!! That’s right, we have great snowpack for these young rippers to keep rocking their home mountain of Alpental for a while yet! Thanks Wayne, Garrett, Joe, Andy, Guy & Karter along with everyone else that made this awesome event/venue happen!


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05
Apr

 width= Beautiful overnight trip Andrew Eckels took up to the Sisters Range (the sweet massive twin peaks you might have noticed off to the far right while rolling towards Mt. Baker ski area, from Bellingham). Sounds like a little work to get into the zone, but as you will see for yourselves the reward is MASSIVE! Below are some notes from Andrew, along with his edit of their March 23rd and 24th adventure.


On March 23rd, my friend James and I set out for an adventure in the mountains closest to our homes in Bellingham: The Twin Sister Range. We knew the road was blocked by rockfall before our desired trailhead so we brought mountain bikes and began the trip with a 6 mile 1000 vert ride into the wilderness. With sore butts we crossed the Nooksack on a precarious log and began our walk up a trail through beautiful old growth stands. Once at base camp we enjoyed a short sunset pow lap before resting up for the summit day. Our progress was slowed by incredible views and we opted to linger at the top of a windless col instead of skiing an extra lap. On the descent we were treated to fantastic stable pow and awesome rolling terrain. For the retreat we opted to take the high route out and enjoyed new views and more powder making for an incredible day of skiing in solitude. The approach to ski ratio was low for the trip, but I find myself ansy to return to this wild mountain range!


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04
Apr

 width= Wow, I got a 10 minute late start on first chair and when I made it to the top I had only seen a few people (2 of which are good friends that wanted to ski the front side, I had to jet, so down Nash I would go). I didn’t have skiing in my morning plans but when I walked outside first thing and saw the trees up high, nice and white, that schedule for my day shifted slightly. If you are close to the mountain, there’ still some time and fresh tracks to be had! Get some!


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04
Apr

 width= Just a quick visual conditions report in the 4,000′ zone down into the younger growth timber 3,000′ zone. Everything is still looking good going into our Spring season. The skiing was variable, but fun, seeing loose granular up higher in the open areas and somewhat firm snow in the lower timber zone ( without too much tree debris)… A little more snow would be nice to keep the skiing good to pass elevation. No new snow overnight at pass level but Alpental saw apx 6″ of new on top of Alpental for this mornings shred session.


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