Crystal Mountain is the place to be tomorrow, Sat., Mar. 23, 2013 for the King & Queen of the Hill Freeskiing and Riding Competition. Last year’s King of the Hill winner was none other than our own, Andy DeVore. Come out tomorrow and cheer him on as he defends his crown. Or if you’re competing, good luck! The competition begins at 10am on the Silver King. Awards will be given at 4pm at the Yurt. Here’s last year’s video. With 7″ more on top in the last 24hrs, tomorrow’s sure to be a great day.
Just as Tamarack Resort announced their $1 day lift ticket deal for Bogus and Brundage passholders this Sunday, we saw their neighbor an hour north, Brundage Mountain, shout out “Gimme a Break”! Looks like Brundage is going all out this Sunday, March 24, 2013 and letting all bros and everyone else age 17 & under ski and ride FREE ALL DAY! That’s right: The mountain that’s known for having the Best Snow in Idaho just became the Best deal in Idaho as well. Now that’s a genuine bro (not pro) deal that really shows how much they care. With 8″ new since last Sunday and more on the way, the conditions are going to be off the hook. We visited on a powder day and fell in love with this place. So if you’re a spring breaking bro or young ripper who’s headed out there, we’re jealous! Starting tomorrow through Sunday, Brundage is also the place to catch the US Airbag Tour. That’s a giant 50′ by 50′ airbag for landing your big tricks. Put the $ you save towards a couple of big landings (first timers welcome) – airbag jumps start at $10 for 3 jumps, $25 for 10 and $45 for 25 – and if you pre-register by 9PM tonight (Thursday), you can even save 20%! Just follow this link for full details. Check out our earlier post for more info on Brundage and our video below.
One of our newly discovered and now favorite resorts this season just moved higher up on our list. Today, they announced $ Dollar Day $ on Sunday March 24, 2013: Current Brundage and Bogus Basin pass holders ski for only $1! After 2pm that day, the day ticket can be exchanged for a 2013/2014 season pass for only $150. (subject to restrictions below)
We’re always looking out for good discounts but as TNT likes to say, give me the “bro” deal, not pro deal. Well, this is about as close as you get to respecting your bros. Sounds like a win-win for skiers/riders and Tamarack Resort which is using this opportunity to bring new and return skiers to the resort to show them all the great ammenities the resort has to offer. We can confirm, this is an incredible place. Amazing skiing (as shown in the video below) with world class lodges and service. And no crowds to boot. Imagine the lines if one of our local resorts in Western WA tried to do this on a weekend…let’s just say, ain’t gonna happen. So take advantage of this bro deal at Tamarack! For more info on Tamarack, please see our earlier post. If you can’t make it this Sunday, don’t despair because their 2013/2014 season pass will be available to non-Tamarack pass holders for $199 March 24-31, 2013
1. ONLY valid on Sunday March 24th.
2. Open ONLY to current (2012-2013) Bogus Basin and Brundage Mountain Passholders.
3. Must show valid 2012-2013 season pass to purchase day ticket for $1. One ticket per season pass.
4. All ticket purchasers/passholders must be present to purchase day ticket and season pass. (wife can’t come with husbands pass)
5. Offer is valid on full day adult all mountain tickets only. This means that the ticket must be purchased before 1:00pm
6. Redemption/exchange for season pass will only be after 2:00pm on Sunday at the sports desk.
7. Tickets/Passes etc can ONLY be purchased in person, not over the phone, not via email.
8. Must turn in valid March 24th lift ticket to receive $49 credit towards purchase of $199 season pass.
9. ANY full-day ticket for that day can be redeemed for a $49 credit towards an adult season pass that day, regardless of price paid.
10. Pass is valid for next season ONLY. For an additional $48 they can add the rest of this season (7 days of skiing= $343 value).
11. Existing Tamarack pass holders can purchase a 2013/2014 season pass for $199 this day as well.
12. The 2013/2014 season pass will be available to non-Tamarack pass holders for $199 March 24-31, 2013
As the above image shows, this first day of Spring has not been very spring like for many. We can’t remember the last time so many of the nation’s skiable mountain ranges were lit up with Winter Weather Warnings and Advisories at the same time. Apparently, this last “Winter” storm has decided to take its time moving through and linger spreading snow far and wide. Winter clearly isn’t going away without putting up a fight. And we skiers and riders couldn’t be more thrilled. For a change, we’re happy to report that it’s not just the Pacific NW Cascades (up to 2 more ft forecast by Fri.) but also the Rockies that are going to get dumped on: up to 10″ for Wasatch by Fri. with lots more just in time for the weekend for UT and CO. Looks like spring breakers will have a lot of good options for snow. For those interested in this stuff, the National Weather Service’s Prediction Center released their “heavy snow and icing discussion” today as follows. Happy spring everyone!
Valid 00z thu mar 21 2013 – 00z sun mar 24 2013… cold front has already moved ashore the Pac NW…which has resulted in rapidly falling snow levels and given the continued post-frontal moist upslope flow and increased mid level instability…Mod-hvy snowfall is expected during day 1 across the WA/OR Cascades into the Blue Mtn of NE OR… Then spreading E-SE across the Salmon River/Sawtooth/Bitterroot Ranges as well as the Wasatch Range and N and Central Rockies. Meanwhile, snow levels in the Pacific NW are expected to lower ~500 ft…bringing the possibility of accumulating snows to near sea level. The highest probabilities for substantial accumulations during day 1 (greater than a foot) will remain across the Cen/Nrn WA Cascades.
By day 3 (Fri night into Sat)…the sharpening longwave trough across the Cen/Srn rockies will induce a developing lee side sfc circulation over the Srn front ranges and eventually into the Srn Plains…strengthening Barrier jet to bring heavy snowfall to the front ranges of CO. Probabilities for 24 hr amounts exceeding one foot are in the low-mod category (10 to <70 percent) over this region during day 3…including Den/Bou and cos…which is fairly significant for a Day 3 forecast.
The last “Winter” Storm of the season is upon us. The National Weather Service’s Winter Storm Warning forecasts the possibility of as much as 2-3 ft of new snow falling on the south and west facing slopes of our Cascade volcanoes by Thursday a.m. Along with that, “VERY DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS DEVELOPING OVERNIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY. AS A RESULT AN AVALANCHE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE OLYMPICS, WA CASCADES NEAR AND WEST OF THE CREST AND THE MT HOOD AREA.” The full warning is below. With the high avi danger, we’ll be staying in bounds throughout this next big storm. If today was any indication, the conditions in bounds will be incredible. Soft, light powder everywhere today on Alpental. Not a lot of people on the mountain (no lines whatsoever) but those who made it out all said that today was one of the best days of the season.
AVALANCHE WARNING: IN EFFECT FOR THE OLYMPICS… WASHINGTON CASCADES NEAR AND WEST OF THE CREST… MT HOOD AREA LATE TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY…
A STRONG STORM WILL BRING HEAVY RAIN AND SNOW…VERY STRONG WINDS AND RISING FREEZING LEVELS TO THE OLYMPICS, CASCADES AND MT HOOD AREA OVERNIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL RESULT IN A SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASING AVALANCHE DANGER WITH VERY DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS DEVELOPING OVERNIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY. AS A RESULT AN AVALANCHE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE OLYMPICS, WA CASCADES NEAR AND WEST OF THE CREST AND THE MT HOOD AREA.
AN EXPECTED SHIFT TO STRONG WESTERLY FLOW ACROSS THE CASCADES WEDNESDAY MORNING MAY BE ACCOMPANIED BY RAPID WARMING IN THE LOWER PASSES. THIS MAY CAUSE A CHANGE FROM SNOW TO RAIN NEAR STEVENS AND SNOQUALMIE PASSES WHICH MAY IN TURN CAUSE A RAPID INCREASE IN DANGER.
TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMENDED LATE TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY
LESS EXPECTED SNOWFALL ALONG THE CASCADE EAST SLOPES SHOULD CAUSE LESS THAN AVALANCHE WARNING CRITERIA TO BE REACHED, HOWEVER AN ELEVATED AVALANCHE DANGER IS EXPECTED.
THIS STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED AS WARRANTED. FOR HOURLY MOUNTAIN WEATHER DATA AND COMPLETE FORECAST DETAILS PLEASE VISIT WWW.NWAC.US
BACKCOUNTRY TRAVELERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT ELEVATION AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTINCTIONS ARE APPROXIMATE AND THAT A TRANSITION ZONE BETWEEN DANGERS EXISTS. REMEMBER THERE ARE AVALANCHE SAFE AREAS IN THE MOUNTAINS DURING ALL LEVELS OF AVALANCHE DANGER.
KRAMER/NORTHWEST WEATHER AND AVALANCHE CENTER
Updating to bring you the lastest Winter Weather Warning below – this one could be pretty major: 2-3 FEET OF SNOW COULD FALL ALONG SOUTH AND WEST FACING SLOPES OF WA’S CASCADE VOLCANOES THROUGH WED. NIGHT! Add that to what TNT reported earlier this morning: Summit at Snoqualmie received 12″ and 18″ new at the bottom and top of Alpental in the 24hrs. That brings the settled snow base to 100″ and 184″ at the bottom and top, respectively – meaning Snoqualmie still has the 3rd DEEPEST SNOW in U.S. including Alaska! Of course, Washington’s Mt. Baker continues to hold the top spot with the deepest snow: 195″ and 220″ at their Heather Meadows base area and top of Pan Dome, respectively. They received 11″ in the last 24hrs. Now let’s see where we end up after this one. Please be aware that the avalanche danger increases to HIGH Tuesday night and into Wed. Be safe out there and live to ski another day!
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA …A VIGOROUS FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW TO THE MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT…
* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…MOUNT BAKER…STEVENS PASS… SNOQUALMIE PASS…WHITE PASS…AND PARADISE AT MOUNT RAINIER.
* TIMING…TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…A FOOT OR MORE OF SNOW IS EXPECTED AT THE PASSES. 2 TO 3 FEET OF SNOW COULD FALL ALONG SOUTH AND WEST FACING SLOPES OF THE VOLCANOES.
* MAIN IMPACT…WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS.
* SNOW LEVEL…3000 FEET. SNOW LEVEL MAY RISE ABOVE 4000 FEET OVER THE CENTRAL CASCADES FOR A TIME WEDNESDAY MORNING.
Anyone who thinks all pro skiers are ski bums hasn’t met Reggie Crist. Sure there are pro skiers who just ski for a living and kudos to them who can manage it. But in this day and age, we see the best and most succesful pro skiers working hard, really hard, all the time. We’re not just talking about skiing hard but also working hard at marketing, business development, brand management, strategic partnerships, etc. In other words, it’s a full time job. Young, aspiring pro skiers take note: Reggie spends as much time in meetings and behind the camera as he does in front of one. His skills go beyond world class skiing to include world class writing, film production, cinematography and product development, among many other things. He brings together all those elements in his latest project entitled “Powder Highway” for National Geographic – an online adventure series beautifully written, shot and produced by Reggie and his colleagues. The series consists of 8 episodes (Nat Geo: please give us more!) that began in Sun Valley and work their way along the Powder Highway up to Alaska. It seems that Reggie’s always been a hard worker. After years with the U.S. Ski Team and World Cup downhill race circuit, Reggie moved on to help pioneer and champion the then new sport of Ski Cross (SX). In 2005, Reggie became the first repeat SX champion at the X Games. As a big mountain skier, he has appeared in several Warren Miller and other films for the big screen. In recent years, he joined Eddie Bauer’s First Ascent Guide Team and helped develop and launch their mountain expedition and ski wear. That’s in addition to his work with K2 and other product partners. He also continues to guide heli trips in Sun Valley and Alaska. We’ve noticed that every year, Reggie gets busier. So, you can imagine how grateful (and fortunate) I was to spend time with him while in Sun Valley. This year he’s got over a half dozen projects but what tops them all is family. Watch the video as Reggie brings us up to date on his latest. Be sure to watch to the end when he tells us his favorite place to ski in the Pacific Northwest…hint: we concur! Next time you’re in Sun Valley, look for Reggie at the resort or at Sun Valley Heli. In the meantime, tune into “Powder Highway” and friend him on Facebook. Thanks again Reggie – you’re a great role model for young, aspiring pro skiers and more. You can see Reggie talk about Sun Valley, his home mountain in our earlier post.
Just when you thought it was time to transition to spring (which is right around the corner on Mar. 20th), we’ve got another Winter Weather Advisory for the Pacific Northwest from the National Weather Service. Mt. Baker ski area reported that it has already received 6″ since this morning, 11″ in the past 24hrs and it’s “dumping”. Other Western Washington Cascades resorts can expect 5-10″ by tomorrow a.m. according to the latest forecast -
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM PDT SUNDAY ABOVE 3000 FEET FOR THE CASCADES OF SOUTHERN WASHINGTON AND NORTHERN OREGON…A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ABOVE 3000 FEET FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW
* TIMING…SNOW CONTINUES THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING…BECOMING HEAVY AT TIMES. MEANWHILE GUSTY WEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP BY THIS EVENING…CONTINUING THROUGH THE NIGHT. SNOW WILL DECREASE IN INTENSITY SUNDAY MORNING.
* SNOW LEVELS…STARTING AROUND 3500 FEET…THEN LOWERING TO 1500 TO 2000 FEET TONIGHT.
* ACCUMULATION…5 TO 10 INCHES…WITH THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS ABOVE 3000 FEET IN ELEVATION.
* WIND…WEST WINDS WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE THROUGH THIS EVENING…WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH POSSIBLE FOR EXPOSED AREAS. THIS WILL CAUSE CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW TONIGHT.
* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT IN THE NORTH OREGON AND SOUTH WASHINGTON CASCADES…ESPECIALLY THIS EVENING. THE SNOW LEVEL WILL BE LOW ENOUGH TO CAUSE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT FOR THE CASCADE PASSES.
Knowing our site’s main focus is on alpine touring and freeriding, I thought my no binding brothers & sisters qualify as both freeriding & alpinist. Alpinist because they will climb a mountain for their turns and freeriders because they do it w/ out bindings! The community of bad asses I’m talking about is the snowskate scene. Not too old of a scene, that was born right here in the Cascade mountains, so it only makes sense that one of the biggest annual gatherings happens right here on Snoqulalmie Pass. The Serpentine Massacre is a downhill, (somewhat) banked slalom race that is Snosk8er cross style that takes place every year on the third Sunday in March (this year’s date to save is Sunday, March 24th). Heats of apx 5 is how snowskater event works, starting right at high noon (which could mean 12:20PM, due to all the pre-race activities in the lower S.East lot). After all the heats run and the cream of the snowskater crop has risen to the top, there’s still one more last chance qualifier… This heat is one that should not be missed, a massive heat of all the non-qualifiers racing at ONCE! The video below will give you a short taste of this up and coming sport, that turns a smaller mountain into a BIG mountain. Give it a try sometime if you live in a big mountain zone or the hills of the heartland. For more info on snowskates visit Starfish Magazine’s fb page.
below is pic taken at carnage corner… A bunch of high speed snowskate wipeouts at this location. In this one Big John demonstrates how to ride a snowskate on your back.
2012 Serpentine Massacre
The video above is a really cool short edit Mark Erickson put together of some sweet slo mo shots taken of him and Snow Trooper athlete Andy Devore, this past month at Alpental. The entire video is shot at the rate of 240 frames per second… Very cool, CHECK IT! Below is a nice shot Jason Hummel got of Andy Devore at Alpental, around the same time the video above was taken this past February. To check out more of Jason’s work and keep up to date with his travels, like his facebook page Jason Hummel Photography.