Our new friend, Michael Reavis, sent this vid over showcasing one of their playgrounds, that delivered a lot of great days this season. The video below was taken in the Great Bear Wilderness, which offers some excellent skiing along with epic views of the Lewis Range. I haven’t been to this zone, but after seeing the vid, it’s now on my hit list.
Andy Traslin sent this short “Hans Solo” pov edit down of one some hot laps at one of his secret Depencier Lake powder stashes. Depencier Lake is located deep with in the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains up in British Columbia. We are Hoping to get the Traslin brothers down for a Rainier volcano ski in the next month or two… Stay tuned!
Here’s yet another video from the St. Patty’s storm that hit the Cascades this year. The pov video and text below is a from our good friend Scott Harder.
Powder Tuesday & Thursday at Alpental (Alpy) during a late March storm that brought 20+ inches in only a few days. Rafe and I had chair 2 to ourselves on Tuesday, and got a few runs in on Elevator Gate – but pretty much owned Breakover.
Randy & I paired up on Thursday and finally sent some lines on Chaka Cliffs and then dominated Breakover. Timed the opening of Nash Gate perfectly and after a hairball icy traverse, we skied what we think was one of our best runs ever down Martin Bowl. Untouched. Quality Pow. Sustained and super fun.
The second stop for this year’s Tiny House Tour was spent on another one of their home mountains, Mt. Shuksan, WA. This video is fantastic, not only because of the awesome team Zack Giffin has assembled to film and ski, but also because of the air support they get on this one. Yep, the Tiny House crew has taken it to another level. Check this one out, it’s EXCELLENT!
Another great one from our friends Tara and Carl Simpson out of Crystal Mountain, WA. This is a super fun mountain with a grip of big mountain terrain. This is the place Tara and Carl call home and after watching the vid you will know why. The video below is a compilation of goods from this past big storm, that blasted the Cascades of Washington with over 5′ of sweet powder in 6 days.
Our (amazing) Washington DOT just announced that they will begin clearing the snow off the road through Chinook Pass mid-April in hopes of having it reopened in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Very exciting news as this is one of our favorite zones with endless backcountry skiing from the car. Chinook Pass, located on SR 410 past Crystal Mountain and at the east entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, sits at 5,430 ft about five miles east of the Cayuse Pass summit. This part of SR 410 through Chinook Pass is designated the Chinook Scenic Byway. Chinook Pass has been closed from Morse Creek (five miles east of the summit) to Cayuse Pass since last Nov. If it opens as planned, you know where we’ll be on Memorial Day weekend – same place we were last Memorial Day weekend – as seen in the video below (which includes clips with WSDOT’s finest explaining the snow clearing process and conditions last opening weekend).
Here’s the 2nd part of the Summit at Snoqualmie’s St. Patty’s Day 6 day storm, days 3 through 6.
Congratulations to the 1st place winners, Trace Cook, Camilla Loughlin, Mitchell Long and Haley Cooke, and all other winners of the Jr. IFSA Freeskiing Competition that took place at Crystal Mountain, WA on Mar. 14-17, 2013. 15 skiers from our home state of Washington participated and we had several top 10 finishers. They were:
- 12-14 females: Morgan Rood finished 3rd, Olivia Mosely 5th and Hadley Michaels 11th.
- 12-14 males: Berkeley Patterson 6th, Chandler Henderson 10th, Soren Johnson 18th, Rome Mora 19th, Cooper Patterson 20th, Carlo Ruggiero 21st
- 15-18 males: Wyatt Rood 9th, Philip Patterson 14th, Corey Nugent 15th, Jimmy Schweter 34th, Austin Stromme 36th, Gerard Weyns 37th
The full results are available at the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Assoc. website.
Short edit of this past St. Patrick’s Day storm that brought over 5 feet of snow to the Cascades in less than a week. This is part one of two episodes, so check back for the 2nd half of the storm later this week. Wondering if that will be the last big one for this season…
Huge turnout for yesterday’s 75th Anniversary Celebration at Summit West. TNT landed the pond skim contest all dressed up on his Moment skis and today, the feature photo of TNT (Tacoma News Tribune). Our Snow Troopers, Shaun Maurer, also made the TNT gallery with a photo of him launching into his backflip… Awesome day!