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23
Dec

You MUST read SNOW FALL: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek. It is an amazing work of print – no, strike that, multimedia journalism that gives the most detailed (not to mention gripping and emotional) account ever of the Feb. 19, 2012 avalanche in the Stevens Pass, WA backcountry. That avalanche took the lives of three beloved locals: Freeskiing World Tour’s Jim Jack, Stevens Pass marketing director Chris Rudolph, and Johnny Brenan, a Leavenworth contractor. The story reveals the beauty and allure of skiing our backcountry at Stevens Pass and other parts of Washington’s Cascade Mountains (and the risks associated with any backcountry terrain). The author, John Branch, worked on this for over six months. It involved interviews with every survivor, the families of the deceased, first responders at Tunnel Creek, officials at Stevens Pass and snow-science experts. It also included the examination of reports by the police, the medical examiner and the Stevens Pass Ski Patrol, as well as 40 calls to 911 made in the aftermath of the avalanche. The Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research provided a computer-generated simulation of the avalanche, based on data accumulated from the Stevens Pass accident report and witness accounts. His hard work pays off in this exceptionally moving and insightful report – it deserves a read by everyone who loves to ski and ride the big mountains.

 

This story comes at a time when the Washington Cascades are attracting national attention for leading the nation in snow fall and snow pack: over 80″ fell in a week at Mt. Baker and they have 178″ at Pan Dome now and 97″ fell in the last week at Crystal Mountain. It you ski/ride in the backcountry, there’s no better time than now to make sure you’re prepared and have the proper education, skills and experience. If you haven’t already or need a refresher, check out the classes and guided trips at Pro Guiding Service in N. Bend (click on their logo to the right). Have a safe and happy holiday and live to ski another day!

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Dec

This past week on Snoqualmie Pass, we were blasted all the way up until the end of the Mayan calendar (blasted w/ snow not meteors).


The calm before the storm….


Now that I have rolled out of bed today on the 22nd, with the world still under my feet, I thought I would share some of the video captured during SNOWmageddon 2012 (12/14/2012 thru 12/21/2012). ENJOY!!!


Short video below of 1 week and 2 epic openings (Summit Central and Alpental)

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Dec

Canadian ski mountaineering extraordinaire and Snow Trooper, Andy Traslin, took a trip up the Coquihalla Highway of British Columbia on Dec. 8, 2012 to ski the backcountry around Coquihalla Pass. Andy and friends, Alex Gibbs and Liam Bensen’s route took them to Nak and Yak Peaks at around 6500 ft and back. In all, it was a 5000 ft day under the sun (before the series of seemingly never ending snow storms began to pound the Pacific NW). This zone can be reached in about 2 hrs driving east of Vancouver on Highway 1 and then Highway 5 aka Coquihalla Highway to the Coquihalla Pass. Andy tells us these routes begin just off the highway and offer cool link up short steep climbs. Check out the video with POV action by Andy.

 

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Dec

Jasper Wesselman, an Issaquah h.s. student, has joined our team this year helping out with some filming and editing. When Jasper isn’t filming, he likes to get after it too. School’s out for the Holidays and Jasper has been rocking Alpental all week, rolling w/ his helmet cam to bring us a little taste of his powder dayz.


The vid below is from yesterday


The video below was shot on this past Tuesday.


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Dec

We woke up on Tuesday to deep snow across the board in the Pacific NW. When we say deep, we mean DEEP. Take Mt. Baker -the king of snow- for instance: they received 63″ (yup, over 5 feet) of snow Sunday to Tuesday afternoon. They currently have the deepest snow base in the world with 161″ at Pan Dome and 133″ at the Heather Meadows base area!  That’s what we call SNOWmageddon.  Our other WA resorts received buckets of snow too – great powder skiing everywhere.  Look at what WA ski areas reported as of Tuesday morning:

Crystal Mountain: 15″ overnight, 22″ in 24 hrs. 63″ at the base. 93″ at the summit.

Summit at Snoqualmie’s Alpental: 8″ overnight, 14″ in 24 hrs.  68″ at the base. 109″ at the summit.

Stevens Pass: 4″ overnight, 12″ in 24 hrs. 84″ at the base. 90″ at the summit.

White Pass:  10″ overnight, 30″ in 24 hrs. 60″ at the base. 92″ at the summit.

And the snow keeps coming.

Below is a taste of the beginning of SNOWmageddon (brought to us by our bro Mark Erickson)

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Dec

Have you ever skied Mission Ridge, WA? I hadn’t until a few years back and was blown away by the diverse terrain and beauty this resort offers. Mission Ridge is located on the Eastern slopes of the Cascades, just 12 miles out of downtown Wenatchee, giving you all sorts of dinning and lodging options for your short trip from Western or Eastern Washington. Mission Ridge’s annual snowfall might not be as much as our other Cascade resorts, but they do get the colder temps (which preserves the snow for days and days of great skiing).



The one thing I’m sure will agree with me about this resort is the amount of time you will spend skiing rather that waiting in a lift line (even right after a huge dump) will be far greater that any of the other Cascade resorts. I also have to mention Mission Ridge is now under new management that is headed up by our good friend Josh Jorgensen, so expect big things in the future for this gem within a crown of jewels.


We had planned to hit them yesterday for a powder monday, but due to the wicked storm rolling through the Cascades yesterday, we stayed put right here on Snoqualmie Pass. Below is a POV Josh has shared w/ us showing some of the goods to be had at Mission Ridge.



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Dec

The current series of storms sweeping across the Pacific NW are expected to dump close to another 4 feet of snow on Snoqualmie, Stevens and White Passes and our western WA and OR ski resorts by Wednesday. The aPOWcalypse arrives just as some are counting down to the end of the world on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. If so, it’s going to be a very snowy end and us skiers and boarders are going to be in deep powder skiing/riding heaven. Check out the forecast below from the National Weather Service. Just remember that with all that snow comes an avalanche warning: HEAVY SNOW… RAPID LOADING…TEMPORARY WEAK STORM LAYERS…PREVIOUS LOW DENSITY LAYERS AND CRUSTS SHOULD ALL HELP TO CAUSE DEEP NEW WIND AND STORM SLAB LAYERS AND A HIGH AVALANCHE DANGER BY SUNDAY NIGHT. THESE CONDITIONS SHOULD BE SEEN IN THE OLYMPICS AND CASCADES FROM MT BAKER TO MT HOOD. AN AVALANCHE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY. Be careful out there and live to ski another day!

 

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Dec

Mike and Andy Traslin have been in the press a lot lately. Most recently, their action shots have appeared in three consecutive issues of The Whistler Question paper. In the Nov. 15 and 22, 2012 issues, Mike was photographed by Andy while doing a pre-season hike up the Husume couloir off of Blackcomb glacier and while ski touring in the Mt. Baker backcountry. Then it was Andy’s turn with a picture of him skiing the Warren Glacier in Garibaldi Provincial Park near Squamish, B.C. in the Nov. 29th issue (photo by Mathew Koziell). See our earlier post for Andy’s video of the Warren Glacier trip. For those who don’t know, Mike and Andy are not just the Snow Troopers’ athletes and friends but also former Canadian National Ski Mountaineering Champions. Every year they come out to Alpental, WA to compete in the mountain’s Vertfest uphill race. We’re pretty sure they’ll be there again in 2013.




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Dec

THE moment you’ve been waiting for: ALPENTAL is opening this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, 9am-4pm. Alpental is currently reporting snow depths of 44″ at their base and a DEEP ? at the summit – we’re leaving that blank until it’s verified. But one thing’s for sure: the summit received 11″ in the past 48hrs with 2″ in the last 24hrs. And it looks like more snow is on the way tonight and tomorrow. All that untouched snow means that skiing and riding is going to be off the hook on opening day!  Think DEEP, deep powder skiing on opening day – like the video below of TNT skiing the lower mountain off the Armstrong chair. See y’all on the mountain – bring snorkel – first chair at 9am Alpentalics! Remember to stay safe, ski with a partner – Live to ski another day!

 

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Dec

We’re happy to help announce that Tamarack Resort in west central Idaho will be opening this Sat., December 15, 2012, 9 am–4 pm. As of today, the resort is reporting 7″ new in the last 2 days and current snow depth of 51″ at the summit, 33″ mid-mountain and 8″ at their base. Smartphone users can now access snow reports, web cams, and more when using the resort’s new mobile website. This season the resort will be operating every Thursday – Sunday and holidays, and expanding lift operations to 7 days per week from December 20th through January 6th during Christmas break.  For the second year, Tamarack Ski Resort will give skiers and riders a free one day lift pass on opening day in exchange for each donation of a non-perishable meal for four. Just bring your donation to Tamarack on opening day for a free day of skiing. Staff members and volunteers from the food banks and the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership (WICAP) community center in Valley County will be on hand to collect the donations from 5am-2pm. Your donations will help provide meals for a family of four in a community-based effort to address food insecurity in Valley County by giving the donated food to local food banks and WICAP.

 

This season Tamarack will run six lifts, plus the addition of Buttercup, to give skiers access to the resort’s 900 acres and 2800 vertical feet of spectacular skiing. The resort also will see improvements at the terrain park.  Numerous hips and rails will be added and a special park for younger, more inexperienced riders will be available in the Discovery learning area. Tamarack will be offering two multi-week lesson programs: The Trailblazers ski school program is geared for youth ages 4 – 11. This program is expanding to include higher level competitive, multi-day skiing.  The Beginner’s Mountain Adventure Program is for ages 13 and up.  Both options include multiple lessons, rentals, and a season pass for the 2012- 2013 season.

 

Speaking of passes and tickets: Tamarack is offering some of the best lift ticket deals around. You’ll want to check out some of these for sure:

 

Lift Ticket Specials
• $5 discount to all Brundage, Bogus, and Mt. Spokane pass holders off the already low $49 adult ticket.
• Every Thursday is “Powder Thursday” and day tickets are priced at buy one get one half-off. Offer available after the Christmas and New Year Holiday.
• Young / Old Ski Free – 70 and over / 6 and under Ski Free.
• Offsite Ticket Program – Discounted day tickets available at area sporting good stores.
• The POW! Card—The Pow! Card is a fully transferable, unrestricted punch cards are available in 5 ($200)/ and 10 ($350) punch increments.
Season Pass Specials
• Pass holder’s anywhere else in the world buy a season pass at $249 per person. Must be purchased in person.
• Local Teen—local teens show your current report card and purchase a season pass for $150.
• 5th graders – Ski Free at Tamarack in conjunction with the Ski Idaho 5th grade Ski Free Program.
• Purchase of a season pass includes access to the mountain all operational days and daily access to the Nordic and Snowshoe trails.


Lodging is available at the resort seven days a week, and skiers who stay four nights ski free! Lastly, the Nordic trail system has doubled in size to offer approximately 20 km of groomed trails including a new golf course loop with bi-weekly grooming.  Nordic trails are open seven days a week.  New this season, skiers may purchase Nordic season passes individually for families, adults and youth.  Additionally, access to the Nordic trails is included with the purchase of a 2012-2013 alpine season pass.

 

Tamarack Resort is located approximately 90 miles north of Boise on the west shore of Cascade Reservoir, southwest of Donnelly in Valley County. The ski area was closed for the 2009-2010 season but re-opened in Dec. 2010 with five of seven chairlifts, funded by the Tamarack Municipal Association.

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