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25
Mar

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 lands Tacoma News Tribune 3/25/2013

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Mar

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.

 

Snow Troopers on NBC King5 TV News 3/24/13 from The Snow Troopers on Vimeo.

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23
Mar

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.

 

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22
Mar

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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.


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21
Mar
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photo by April Russell

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.

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21
Mar
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Dustin skiing South Bowl (Robby waiting his turn)

One of our newly discovered and now favorite resorts this season just moved higher up on our list. Today, they announced $ Dollar Day $ on Sunday March 24, 2013: Current Brundage and Bogus Basin pass holders ski for only $1! After 2pm that day, the day ticket can be exchanged for a 2013/2014 season pass for only $150. (subject to restrictions below)

We’re always looking out for good discounts but as TNT likes to say, give me the “bro” deal, not pro deal. Well, this is about as close as you get to respecting your bros. Sounds like a win-win for skiers/riders and Tamarack Resort which is using this opportunity to bring new and return skiers to the resort to show them all the great ammenities the resort has to offer. We can confirm, this is an incredible place. Amazing skiing (as shown in the video below) with world class lodges and service. And no crowds to boot. Imagine the lines if one of our local resorts in Western WA tried to do this on a weekend…let’s just say, ain’t gonna happen. So take advantage of this bro deal at Tamarack! For more info on Tamarack, please see our earlier post. If you can’t make it this Sunday, don’t despair because their 2013/2014 season pass will be available to non-Tamarack pass holders for $199 March 24-31, 2013



Restrictions:

1. ONLY valid on Sunday March 24th.

2. Open ONLY to current (2012-2013) Bogus Basin and Brundage Mountain Passholders.

3.  Must show valid 2012-2013 season pass to purchase day ticket for $1. One ticket per season pass.

4.  All ticket purchasers/passholders must be present to purchase day ticket and season pass. (wife can’t come with husbands pass)

5.  Offer is valid on full day adult all mountain tickets only.  This means that the ticket must be purchased before 1:00pm

6.  Redemption/exchange for season pass will only be after 2:00pm on Sunday at the sports desk.

7.  Tickets/Passes etc can ONLY be purchased in person, not over the phone, not via email.

8.  Must turn in valid March 24th lift ticket to receive $49 credit towards purchase of $199 season pass.

9.  ANY full-day ticket for that day can be redeemed for a $49 credit towards an adult season pass that day, regardless of price paid.

10.  Pass is valid for next season ONLY.  For an additional $48 they can add the rest of this season (7 days of skiing= $343 value).

11. Existing Tamarack pass holders can purchase a 2013/2014 season pass for $199 this day as well.

12. The 2013/2014 season pass will be available to non-Tamarack pass holders for $199 March 24-31, 2013


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Mar

national_forecastAs the above image shows, this first day of Spring has not been very spring like for many. We can’t remember the last time so many of the nation’s skiable mountain ranges were lit up with Winter Weather Warnings and Advisories at the same time. Apparently, this last “Winter” storm has decided to take its time moving through and linger spreading snow far and wide. Winter clearly isn’t going away without putting up a fight. And we skiers and riders couldn’t be more thrilled. For a change, we’re happy to report that it’s not just the Pacific NW Cascades (up to 2 more ft forecast by Fri.) but also the Rockies that are going to get dumped on: up to 10″ for Wasatch by Fri. with lots more just in time for the weekend for UT and CO. Looks like spring breakers will have a lot of good options for snow. For those interested in this stuff, the National Weather Service’s Prediction Center released their “heavy snow and icing discussion” today as follows. Happy spring everyone!



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TNT celebrates 1st day of Spring

Valid 00z thu mar 21 2013 – 00z sun mar 24 2013… cold front has already moved ashore the Pac NW…which has resulted in rapidly falling snow levels and given the continued post-frontal moist upslope flow and increased mid level instability…Mod-hvy snowfall is expected during day 1 across the WA/OR Cascades into the Blue Mtn of NE OR… Then spreading E-SE across the Salmon River/Sawtooth/Bitterroot Ranges as well as the Wasatch Range and N and Central Rockies. Meanwhile, snow levels in the Pacific NW are expected to lower ~500 ft…bringing the possibility of accumulating snows to near sea level. The highest probabilities for substantial accumulations during day 1 (greater than a foot) will remain across the Cen/Nrn WA Cascades.


By day 3 (Fri night into Sat)…the sharpening longwave trough across the Cen/Srn rockies will induce a developing lee side sfc circulation over the Srn front ranges and eventually into the Srn Plains…strengthening Barrier jet to bring heavy snowfall to the front ranges of CO. Probabilities for 24 hr amounts exceeding one foot are in the low-mod category (10 to <70 percent) over this region during day 3…including Den/Bou and cos…which is fairly significant for a Day 3 forecast.

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Mar

tnt4 The last “Winter” Storm of the season is upon us. The National Weather Service’s Winter Storm Warning forecasts the possibility of as much as 2-3 ft of new snow falling on the south and west facing slopes of our Cascade volcanoes by Thursday a.m. Along with that, “VERY DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS DEVELOPING OVERNIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY. AS A RESULT AN AVALANCHE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE OLYMPICS, WA CASCADES NEAR AND WEST OF THE CREST AND THE MT HOOD AREA.” The full warning is below. With the high avi danger, we’ll be staying in bounds throughout this next big storm. If today was any indication, the conditions in bounds will be incredible. Soft, light powder everywhere today on Alpental. Not a lot of people on the mountain (no lines whatsoever) but those who made it out all said that today was one of the best days of the season.


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Charlie Brown & Linus spotted on the high traverse



AVALANCHE WARNING: IN EFFECT FOR THE OLYMPICS… WASHINGTON CASCADES NEAR AND WEST OF THE CREST… MT HOOD AREA LATE TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY…

A STRONG STORM WILL BRING HEAVY RAIN AND SNOW…VERY STRONG WINDS AND RISING FREEZING LEVELS TO THE OLYMPICS, CASCADES AND MT HOOD AREA OVERNIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL RESULT IN A SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASING AVALANCHE DANGER WITH VERY DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS DEVELOPING OVERNIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY. AS A RESULT AN AVALANCHE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE OLYMPICS, WA CASCADES NEAR AND WEST OF THE CREST AND THE MT HOOD AREA.

AN EXPECTED SHIFT TO STRONG WESTERLY FLOW ACROSS THE CASCADES WEDNESDAY MORNING MAY BE ACCOMPANIED BY RAPID WARMING IN THE LOWER PASSES. THIS MAY CAUSE A CHANGE FROM SNOW TO RAIN NEAR STEVENS AND SNOQUALMIE PASSES WHICH MAY IN TURN CAUSE A RAPID INCREASE IN DANGER.

TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMENDED LATE TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY

LESS EXPECTED SNOWFALL ALONG THE CASCADE EAST SLOPES SHOULD CAUSE LESS THAN AVALANCHE WARNING CRITERIA TO BE REACHED, HOWEVER AN ELEVATED AVALANCHE DANGER IS EXPECTED.

THIS STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED AS WARRANTED. FOR HOURLY MOUNTAIN WEATHER DATA AND COMPLETE FORECAST DETAILS PLEASE VISIT WWW.NWAC.US

BACKCOUNTRY TRAVELERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT ELEVATION AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTINCTIONS ARE APPROXIMATE AND THAT A TRANSITION ZONE BETWEEN DANGERS EXISTS. REMEMBER THERE ARE AVALANCHE SAFE AREAS IN THE MOUNTAINS DURING ALL LEVELS OF AVALANCHE DANGER.

KRAMER/NORTHWEST WEATHER AND AVALANCHE CENTER

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Mar

Updating to bring you the lastest Winter Weather Warning below – this one could be pretty major: 2-3 FEET OF SNOW COULD FALL ALONG SOUTH AND WEST FACING SLOPES OF WA’S CASCADE VOLCANOES THROUGH WED. NIGHT! Add that to what TNT reported earlier this morning: Summit at Snoqualmie received 12″ and 18″ new at the bottom and top of Alpental in the 24hrs. That brings the settled snow base to 100″ and 184″ at the bottom and top, respectively – meaning Snoqualmie still has the 3rd DEEPEST SNOW in U.S. including Alaska! Of course, Washington’s Mt. Baker continues to hold the top spot with the deepest snow: 195″ and 220″ at their Heather Meadows base area and top of Pan Dome, respectively. They received 11″ in the last 24hrs. Now let’s see where we end up after this one. Please be aware that the avalanche danger increases to HIGH Tuesday night and into Wed. Be safe out there and live to ski another day!

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA …A VIGOROUS FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW TO THE MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…MOUNT BAKER…STEVENS PASS… SNOQUALMIE PASS…WHITE PASS…AND PARADISE AT MOUNT RAINIER.

* TIMING…TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…A FOOT OR MORE OF SNOW IS EXPECTED AT THE PASSES. 2 TO 3 FEET OF SNOW COULD FALL ALONG SOUTH AND WEST FACING SLOPES OF THE VOLCANOES.

* MAIN IMPACT…WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS.

* SNOW LEVEL…3000 FEET. SNOW LEVEL MAY RISE ABOVE 4000 FEET OVER THE CENTRAL CASCADES FOR A TIME WEDNESDAY MORNING.

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Mar

Reggie CristAnyone who thinks all pro skiers are ski bums hasn’t met Reggie Crist. Sure there are pro skiers who just ski for a living and kudos to them who can manage it. But in this day and age, we see the best and most succesful pro skiers working hard, really hard, all the time. We’re not just talking about skiing hard but also working hard at marketing, business development, brand management, strategic partnerships, etc. In other words, it’s a full time job. Young, aspiring pro skiers take note: Reggie spends as much time in meetings and behind the camera as he does in front of one. His skills go beyond world class skiing to include world class writing, film production, cinematography and product development, among many other things. He brings together all those elements in his latest project entitled “Powder Highway” for National Geographic – an online adventure series beautifully written, shot and produced by Reggie and his colleagues. The series consists of 8 episodes (Nat Geo: please give us more!) that began in Sun Valley and work their way along the Powder Highway up to Alaska. It seems that Reggie’s always been a hard worker. After years with the U.S. Ski Team and World Cup downhill race circuit, Reggie moved on to help pioneer and champion the then new sport of Ski Cross (SX). In 2005, Reggie became the first repeat SX champion at the X Games. As a big mountain skier, he has appeared in several Warren Miller and other films for the big screen. In recent years, he joined Eddie Bauer’s First Ascent Guide Team and helped develop and launch their mountain expedition and ski wear. That’s in addition to his work with K2 and other product partners. He also continues to guide heli trips in Sun Valley and Alaska. We’ve noticed that every year, Reggie gets busier. So, you can imagine how grateful (and fortunate) I was to spend time with him while in Sun Valley. This year he’s got over a half dozen projects but what tops them all is family. Watch the video as Reggie brings us up to date on his latest. Be sure to watch to the end when he tells us his favorite place to ski in the Pacific Northwest…hint: we concur! Next time you’re in Sun Valley, look for Reggie at the resort or at Sun Valley Heli. In the meantime, tune into “Powder Highway” and friend him on Facebook. Thanks again Reggie – you’re a great role model for young, aspiring pro skiers and more. You can see Reggie talk about Sun Valley, his home mountain in our earlier post.

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