Another good one from Carl Simpson and the gang out of their stomping grounds, Crystal Mountain, WA. The late season powder video was taken this past April 16th and 17th and since then even more fresh snow has fallen. Things are looking good in the Cascades for late Spring fun. Looks like this weekend they might get even a few more flakes.
It’s official: Alpental has announced that it will be open for skiing next weekend and also Cinco de Mayo weekend! Alpental has a full day of fun events planned for 5/5 so mark your calendars and see you there. With Mt. Baker ski area now closed, Alpental has the #1 deepest snow in N. America amongst ski areas with lift service, albeit weekends only. Alpental has 95″ of snow at the base (elevation about 3,000′) and 191″ at the summit. With no major spring snow storms on the horizon, we think it’s safe to say we’ll be skiing and riding the deepest snow in N. America on Cinco de Mayo.
P.S. All other areas at the Summit at Snoqualmie are now closed.
The Associated Press reported today (Saturday, April 20) that 5 backcountry snowboarders were killed in an avalanche on Colorado’s Loveland Pass.
Georgetown, Colo. – Per a statement by Clear Creek County Sheriff, Don Krueger, six snowboarders were caught in the slide Saturday afternoon. The condition of the lone survivor was not released.
The Colorado Department of Transportation closed a highway as many skiers were headed home from nearby Arapahoe Basin ski resort.
Lisa Clarke Devore, who was headed back to Denver from the resort, told The Associated Press she saw a fire truck and ambulance on the pass, as well two search dogs headed into the area of the slide. She says she saw several ambulances, including one towing snowmobiles, headed toward the pass.
The pass, elevation of 11,990 feet, is popular among backcountry skiers and snowboarders.
The Summit at Snoqualmie is still rocking the weekends this Spring, including one more weekend for Summit Central and the terrain park. Also, conditions are looking solid enough to get us through April at Alpental and if we are lucky again this year, the Summit will give us Cinco de Mayo. On a side note, I love Cinco de Mayo at Alpental in the rain, snow or shine for a number of reasons… Lots of friends, 2 parking lots of overflowing good vibes, some of the best lift served BIG mountain skiing in North America and it’s my birthday! Now, back to this weekend, I just started it off with a lap up on Hyak this afternoon and let’s just say I had a lot of fun on the WET granular snow. Tomorrow should be somewhat the same and as long as there is snow to ski right here at home, things are pretty damn good in my book. Below is a day we spent recently with Peak Travels, out of Spokane, helping them gather some footage for a NW Cable show they were working on this trip. The footage in the vid is just a little teaser of the program the Summit will be featured in this upcoming Fall.
This is it, the final weekend of lift operations for Mt. Baker ski area in Washington. No amount of snow can change that. In fact, it still leads the nation with the deepest snow pack measuring 179″ at its Heather Meadows base lodge and 198″ at the top of their Pan Dome at 5000ft. With so much snow, we can typically find decent backcountry skiing in the area well into July.
The two videos below are from this past weekend at Alpental, or mostly Alpental. Over the course of the weekend, we received over 3 feet of new snow up on Alpental, so it’s no wonder that the lift lines were big. However, big lift lines in mid-April along with good snowpack just might get us to Cinco de Mayo. Back to the videso below, the first video was a bunch of clips Jerad Merbs, Evan Lund and myself captured. The second video is from our friends, Scott Harder and Randy Bush, mostly the same location and time frame… Enjoy!
Just a quick conditions update from the home base, Hyak. Yesterday’s chores were interrupted by a few inches of halfway cold snow that fell, first thing in the morning, on top of the deep wet snow that remained from the last big storm. By the time I was able to make it out the sun was shining, so I headed for the trees and as much shade as possible ( and try to beat the melting snow from the limbs that would ruin the goods).
below – Hyak as seen at High noon on 4/17/13
Heading into the trees paid off with a better that expected ride and even a few stashes of good pow (the snow in the open full sun was a little too deep and gwanchy for Trooper dog’s liking). Stoked for the good coverage that remains in the Central Cascades at 2,600′, making for so many late day touring options. For all of you that still want some lift served action on Snoqualmie Pass, The Summit at Snoqualmie will be spinning the lifts this Saturday and Sunday at both Central and Alpental from 9AM-4PM. As for Hyak I think this will be the last week you will be able to skin from the parking lot and cross the first water gap with out clicking out of the bindings.
below – short video of conditons
Our friend, Joey Mara, just sent this fresh edit over this morning from a good time this past weekend at Stevens Pass, WA.