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26
Jun

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The sun’s supposed to come out this Friday. Just in time for the opening of Sunrise Road in Mt. Rainier National Park. We plan to be there – 8am on June 28th is what the White River station ranger told us today. That’s one week earlier than last year’s opening of the road. With only road crews up there thus far, the ranger couldn’t confirm snow depth. However, with Glacier Basin camp (elevation 5965ft) still under 3-5ft of snow, we can expect to be skinning from the Sunrise parking lot which is at a higher elevation of 6,400ft -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 will open at the same time as Sunrise road. The White River campground is snow free. The snow level on the Glacier Basin trail and between Sunrise and White River campground is estimated to be at about 5300ft. If you’re planning to travel above 8700ft (to Interglacier’s Steamboat Prow 9702ft or adjacent Camp Sherman, for instance), be sure to check for snowfall and avalanche dangers. At last check today, NOAA’s forecasting up to 5″ of new snow at or above around 9000ft by tomorrow. NOAA’s also forecasting Seattle’s temps to reach 80 on Friday and climb from there all weekend long. Sounds like Sunrise will be the perfect place to go to escape the heat (NOAA’s point forecast below) and do car laps. At least that’s what we have in mind. See you there? No need to start too early. Our sun doesn’t set until 9:11pm on Friday (sun rises for almost 16hrs now). As if that doesn’t sound good enough, below is last year’s video from Interglacier to give you a view into what could be 4500ft (or more?) of glorious backcountry skiing and riding this weekend. Sunrise is located 60 miles northeast of the Nisqually Entrance and 14 miles northwest of the Sunrise/White River turnoff on Highway 410. Happy summer and Live to ski another day!

 

 

Point Forecast: Sunrise WA 46.92°N 121.64°W (Elev. 6186 ft)

  1. Friday: 30 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
  2. Friday Night: 30 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.
  3. Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.
  4. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 48.
  5. Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 70.
  6. Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 49.
  7. Monday: Sunny, with a high near 74.
  8. Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51.
  9. Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 77.
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25
Jun

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Lots of ski clearance sales going on now. However, before you run out and get last season’s skis, take a look at what G3 has to offer. Over the last few years, G3 has put a lot of R&D into expanding their ski product line. In addition to skis, they now make splitboards! Their 2012-13 line up was impressive. But next season’s is even better. Snow Trooper athletes, Mike and Andy Traslin are proud to be sponsored by G3. In fact, I personally found some favorites amongst their women’s line (Empress rocks!). Check out the goods in this video with Oliver Steffen, President and Founder of G3.

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18
Jun

Black Diamond just sent out the results of an investigation into household chemicals that interact with climbing gear. What prompted the investigation was a climbing harness failure -fortunately, it happened at a climbing gym and no one was injured. If you use climbing ropes, harnesses or other gear for climbing or mountaineering, please read the story. Black Diamond’s Quality Assurance team and the Snow Troopers want everyone to stay safe out there. Live to ski another day.

 

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16
Jun

This weekend I took Trooper dog for a nice walk up into the Rocky Run zone today and yesterday. I had planned to shoot for Rampart Lakes today but another afternoon start and the weather that turned for the worse around 5PM, I once again stayed around Lake Lillian. Below is a short conditions vid (minus footy of the nasty billy goat trail that leads to the fun). Almost time for this Snow Trooper to start driving for the better/higher snow on the volcanos.


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13
Jun

I wanted to share this video a friend of a friend sent our way, showcasing 11 year old Cody LaPlante who throws down like a champ in the Tahoe zone (and doing so for YEARS now as seen in video below, so click and look out for him in years to come).



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12
Jun

crystalviewWondering 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.

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09
Jun

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…

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06
Jun

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.


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03
Jun

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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).

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02
Jun

Silver Peak, WA

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.

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