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!
TNT was on TV a couple of times today. Those watching the news on NBC’s Seattle TV station, King5, saw them run our story about Washington’s ski resorts having the #1 and #2 deepest snow in North America. Those top spots are held by Mt. Baker and Alpental, respectively. With the story, they played a short clip of TNT in the deep powder at Alpental this past week. As you view the clip, try to watch TNT in slow motion to get the full effect of those deep snow face shots. TNT is working on getting the “winter” storm video up this week so check back again soon.
Spring 2013 is off to a fantastic start for skiers and boarders bringing new snow to most resorts across the nation. But Washington state really got hammered this past week. TNT made our local NBC TV news last night (clip below) with his report that this last whopper of a “winter” storm dropped 60″ in 6 days on top of Alpental, WA. With a settled snow base of 114″ at the bottom and 189″ at the summit, Alpental now moves up a notch to #2 on our list of deepest snow in the U.S. including Alaska – actually, make that #2 in North America! The 114″ at Alpental’s base elevation of 3.140 ft is deeper than the snow depths at the summit of most ski resorts outside of the Pacific NW (i.e. UT, CO and Atlantic states). Another thing worth celebrating is the Summit at Snoqualmie’s 75th Anniversary tomorrow at Summit West (discounted $19.37 lift tickets for just Summit West). Join us for a full day of activities including a Pond skim, $7.50 bbq lunch special, scavenger hunt, live music and many prizes. Be sure to bring your old season pass for your chance to win the Oldest Season Pass contest.
Mammoth Mountain which sits at an elevation of 7,953 ft and top elevation of 11,053 ft, compared to Alpental’s 3,140 ft and 5420 ft, is #3 with 83″ at their base and 183″ at the summit today. Mt. Baker Ski Area in WA continues to rule as King of Snow with 201″ and 221″ at their Heather Meadows base and top of Pan Dome at 5000 ft. You can read more about Mt. Baker’s famous snowfall in our earlier post about the country’s snowfall leaders.
Below is a short teaser of TNT’s St. Patrick’s Storm edit coming soon…
For those who need reminding of what it gets like on a deep powder day at Alpental, here’s a peek from last year’s monster storm.
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.