Good one, sent over from Carl Simpson ripping the fresh around Crystal Mountain, with his wife Tara, this past March 10th and 11th. He also got a couple clips of heli avy control work near the huge slide that took out chair 6 recently. (photo credit – Carl Simpson)
Yep, calling this short edit the “Luck of the Irish”, because I was quite blown away by the lack of people and huge amount of untouched deep POW I found at Summit Central yesterday morning. If you are thinking about hitting the Cascades for the goods today, it should be a banger day at Alpental (where the lifts have yet to spin this week ). GET it!
This past Saturday (3/15/14), the Summit at Snoqualmie held the first ever jr. freeride comp., which took place down the Edelweiss chair line, giving everyone on the mountain a chance to spectate and ski. Conditions weren’t choice by any means, so these young rippers really had their work cut out for them as they showed off their BIG mountain skills, on a somewhat firm “Spring like” day (you could hear the loud slapping of their boards after stomping the drops of Rollen Rocks and the Fan). (above – girls 12-14 yrs: 1st place – Oli Mosely (left), and 2nd place – Anna Thompson 2nd place)
Below: 9-11 yrs: 1st place – Quincy Claesgens (center), 2nd place – Alec Lawrence (left of center), 3rd place – David Stonich jr. (who happens to be 6 yrs old ), along with Connor Kelly and Tanner Swanson.
Comp results below
Here’s a getaway that’s guarantied to please the entire group, even if the group is diverse from beginners to the hard core backcountry snowriders (that will be stoked with the mindblowing eye candy / backcountry terrain found just beyond the ropes). If you haven’t been before, be sure to put Grand Targhee Resort on the hit list, FOR SURE! They get more snow than most and in between the storms the snow remains cold and dry (as seen in the awesome video from our friends over at Peak Travels).
Our friend Yoshiko Chomon, a local year round PNW skier, just sent this one over from her current ski trip back home to Japan. This stop was Hokkaido, Japan to visit the Asahidake ski area, which happens to be the tallest volcano in the “Daietsuzan Volcanic Group”. As you will see in the short video below, Yoshiko hit this one just right and got some great powder skiing in with local friends, Tomo-San and Negishi-San. Thanks for the powder shred Yoshiko!
This past Monday night around 6PM, the rain stopped falling here at Hyak, WA (2,600’ above sea level) and the sky started to clear. I quickly geared up, and 30 minutes later I was at Summit Central enjoying a sweet, creamy, fresh snow night skiing session (that was so much fun, I skied hot laps almost until closing at 10PM). As the night was winding down a little snow started to fall, leaving me to believe that Tuesday morning could be quite nice, also knowing that the large dose of recent Cascade rain would keep people working in the city (rather than chance taking a “sick” day for a non-“sic” ski day). Well, I was right, and as I pulled into lot 1, there were only (apx) 10 other cars (at 8:50AM)!!! What a beautiful day, filled with sun, fresh snow, and small group of friends. A lot of us just lapped Edelweiss all morning then bailed. It is my understanding, those who stuck around the entire day, were rewarded with a little Elevator “sidecountry” fresh snow action, served up the ski patrol!?! Looking like another fantastic “Spring” like day up here (should be locked up good and tight until that morning sun rises over Chikamin).
I wanted to share this sweet POV vid from Brandon Clabaugh and Selektah Visuals, featuring our last good storm cycle up at the Mt. Baker ski area (and some “machine gun” pillows close by).
With the huge amount of rain the Cascade Mountains of the PNW has received in the past few days +, I was going to chalk Sunday up as a non-ski day. That was until a blinding blast of something came through the front window of The Snow Troopers’ control center (here at Hyak, WA). It turned out the strange, blinding beam was the SUN!!! I quickly geared up to get some “ Inbetween the Sheets” of rain. In my 4 or 5 lap ski day, I ran into a bunch of friends taking advantage of the mild, soft, Spring like conditions that came with ZERO crowds. Check out the ultra short vid from early afternoon yesterday with Garret Van Swearingen, Kirsten Evers, Eric Aardissono, and Matt Karaus (seen on the snowSk8 at end of short vid). Little side note on Matt, he’s primarily a BIG mountain skier that slays it with perfect technique, but as you can see in the vid he’s just a big mountain junky, that does it with style no matter what tool he uses to work with to capture the “year round” adrenalin fix. ☺
No day has reminded me more of Pemco’s Northwest Profile #3: Skis in the Rain Guy than yesterday, March 8, 2014. At Alpental, home mountain of the Skis in the Rain Guy, truly nothing was dry except our sense of humor. To give you some idea of how wet it was, several cities in Washington set new rainfall records including Seattle with 1.27 inches (old record: 1.01″ in 1957). Snoqualmie Pass got over 3″ during its heaviest 24hr drenching. That’s more in the first week of March than we’ve ever received in the entire month. But like the Pemco ad says: “No ‘Pineapple Express’ is going to slow (us) down”. Seasoned Washington skiers and riders still came out in droves to enjoy yesterday’s Spree event at Alpental. The day of races, demos and fun raised $61,132 for the Outdoors for All Foundation whose volunteers provide winter and year round outdoor recreation for people with physical, developmental and sensory disabilities. Way to go. Rain aside, the ski and ride conditions are really very good now – soft and spring-like – but stay out of the backcountry where avalanche danger remains high. Live to ski another day.
Quick edit from Carl Simpson showcasing the March Lion, just before he became the big WET lion (we are all currently dealing with throughout the PNW). He’s causing real havoc, and isn’t quite finished yet. Turn it off already, or better yet just turn down the temps!!!