We’re sad to report that one snowshoer did not survive and another remains missing after yesterday’s avalanche in Snoqualmie Pass, WA’s backcountry. The female snowshoer (who’s unidentified) was hiking at Red Mountain near a dozen other snowshoers with her dog when the avalanche struck. It took the other snowshoers 45min. to locate and dig her out from under about 5ft of snow. She was in and out of consciousness during the rescue and passed after reaching the base of the mountain after midnight. 25 Rescuers worked through the heavy snow storm that closed i-90 through Snoqualmie Pass last night. It took rescuers about 5-6 hours. The search for the missing 60 yr old hiker near Granite Mountain (west of Snoqualmie Pass) had to be called off due to weather. The last 24hrs brought 21-24″ of new snow to the base and summit of Snoqualmie Pass’ Alpental ski area. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends of the deceased.
Two avalanches hit snowshowers at Granite Mountain and Snoqualmie Pass, WA earlier today and one person is still missing. We have no other news at this time on the rescue but we’re hoping for a good outcome. Snoqualmie Pass is currently closed due to heavy snow. Summit at Snoqualmie’s Alpental reported receiving 12″ of new snow today (at both their base and summit) as of this evening and more than 8″ is expected by end of day tomorrow. With so much new snow, be sure to check avalanche conditions and be prepared before heading into the backcountry. Live to ski another day!
Mark Erickson sent this one over of a day he and Andy Devore spent out this past March 9th, in the Commonwealth Valley, going after a Snoqualmie Pass Classic. Just like so many of our tours on Snoqualmie Pass, Red Mountain is a good day tour that will put you on the summit just before lunch to soak up some epic views before a fantastic ski. Be sure to get back in this zone someday this Spring or next Winter with a group a solid friends or hit up our friends over at Pro Guiding who spend a lot of time guiding/teaching on Snoqualmie Pass (see Pro Guiding link on home page).
Our Washington State Dept. of Transportation began clearing the snow off of the North Cascades Highway SR20 on March. 25. The road is the gateway/throughway for the 684,000 acres North Cascades National Park complex in the Cascade Mountains (93% of which is wilderness). With over 300 glaciers (the most glaciated area in the U.S. outside of AK), this zone remains one of our favorites for backcountry skiing. As of last Friday, the east side crew had already reached Washington Pass and we heard rumblings of the road possibly opening in time for next weekend. Here’s the latest update from WSDOT:
By the end of day yesterday, the east side crew’s clearing effort had progressed past Blue Lake Trailhead and Whistler (the last of the significant avalanche zones) to Bridge Creek at MP 159 under overcast skies in 50 degree temperatures by late afternoon…The westside crew’s clearing progressed to MP 154-about a mile beyond the Swamp Creek sand pile, meaning the crews are now 5 miles apart. New snow and wind is in the forecast for Wednesday which may slow progress a bit.
Aside for the potential for more snow, it looks promising! Our WSDOT teams are amazing so I’m sure they won’t keep us waiting any longer than is necessary.
Jackson Dove just sent this kick ass pov edit over from his trip this past March to the Espalanade Range, Golden, BC. Below are notes from Jackson in regards to his tirp along with the sweet vid. Check it!
A Seven perfect sunny days with 14 friends at Golden Alpine Holidays’ Meadow Lodge in the Esplanade Range outside of Golden, BC. After months of planning and anticipation the moment finally arrived when we got to step onto the helicopter and get transported to the Meadow Lodge for a week of human powered skiing. We had high expectations of deep Selkirk powder and Hoji-esque stacked pillow lines from the MSP films. Our expections were far exceeded when we were greeted by blues skies and a bomber snowpack following a storm that hit shortly before our arrival. While the pillow zones and tree runs were incredible, the conditions allowed us to get up to ski some bigger lines in the alpine surrounding the lodge that doesn’t often get skied. Combined with the amazing group of people brought together mostly by chance, great food, apres ski shenanagins and sweat lodge sessions, this will be a trip I’ll never forget. Enjoy some POV of the best runs of my life condensed into a sub – four minute edit.
This past Sunday was one of those sleeper days we all love so much. Mother nature just got finished dealing a tough wet card pretty high up the Cascade’s slopes, so I think a lot of folks made other plans and missed out on the 18″ of snow Alpental saw on top. Even the trees skied deep and you could find powder stashes inbounds ’til the final bell. Also, it was fun for a change of pace to hang with a gang of jr. ski racer/freeriders (or at least try to hang).
Below is a sled served video from the Cascade Crew, hitting one of their high yield powder zones last month during our big March madness storm. Edit is by our friend Jessie Pittis, who is almost healed up from this early season’s knee injury and is hoping to get a little late Spring pow too.
The National Weather Service has issued another round of Winter Weather Advisories for the entire Washington and Oregon Cascade mountains with some areas expected to receive as much as 16″ by tomorrow. NWS also issued Winter Weather Watches for the North and Central Rockies for Mon.-Tues. with the possibility of as much 18″ in places. Here’s a summary of what’s forecast for the Cascades:
-WEST SLOPES CENTRAL CASCADES AND PASSES: 6-10″ by Sun. afternoon with highest amounts on Mt. Rainier. Snow level: around 3500′.
-EAST SLOPES NORTHERN CASCADES INCL. BLEWETT PASS, LOUP LOUP PASS: 2-5″ by Sun. afternoon with highest amounts south of Lk. Chelan, Blewett & Stevens Passes. Snow level: around 3000′.
-NORTHERN OREGON CASCADES-CASCADES IN LANE COUNTY-SOUTH WASHINGTON CASCADES INCL. MOUNT ST. HELENS: 5-11″ by Sun. night. Snow level near 4000′ through Sun. morning dropping to 2000-3000′ Sun.-Sunday evening.
-SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON CASCADES-SISKIYOU MOUNTAINS AND SOUTHERN OREGON CASCADES INCL CRATER LAKE, DIAMOND LAKE: 8-16″ by Mon. morning. Snow level above 5000′.
falling to near 4000′ late Sun. afternoon & evening.
This past March 24th, The Summit at Snoqualmie celebrated their 75th birthday just two days after a 6 day 5′ storm. I wanted to mention the storm because as we got with in days of the pond skim, I was having second thoughts about trying my luck at crossing the 60 long pool of icy water. Well, turned out that the Sun Gods showed up just in time for the 2:30PM kick off for the the pond skim. I also wanted to mention the pond skim was an event that took place by the old school patrollers back in the day higher up on the mountain at Beaver Lake (btw, as of today Beaver Lake is currently under 5′ or so of snowpack). Above is a short video backed to the music from our friends and Snoqualmie Pass locals, the T-Bagging Bandits.
below: skier-Shaun Maurer, photo-Laine Marie
below: skier-Snoqualmie Yeti, photo-Kelson McClung