Our friends Drew Hunter and Sam Gillin were getting the most of SNOWmageddon 2012 right along with us, just not with us. I saw them for a moment a time or two in line, wish we could have connected to get some shots of them killing it. Anyway, below is their week all wrapped up into a pov edit they are calling “Kittysode 2″.
A couple weekends back we had an event called the Jib This, Jib That going down at Summit Central. This park event is spilt into two days, boarders going the first day and skiers the second. Last year I made it over and threw up a quick edit but this year, I’m thinking it was the powder that kept me away from the park. However, the Summit at Snoqualmie has a new park crew member that can film and edit too. His name is Garrett Porter and the video below is the event through his lens.
The next video is from our friend Abe Krieger, who also helps out the Summit with some filming and editing, but now is going to school in Maine. Lucky for us, he came home for the holidays and hooked up with his posse for some fun in the Central Park. Some of his filming including the “Jib That” event, so check it out!
December 26th was opening day for Summit East aka Hyak. This was the Summit at Snoqualmie’s 4th and final base area to open. They hit it perfectly this year with each area opening on days loaded with fresh powder. Summit East is a 1,000′ mountain that has better continuos vertical than most mountains twice the vertical drop. The crowd for opening day this year was similar to the standard weekend crowd. However, I only saw a few locals (very rare). First lap was a mad dash for pow back down to the bottom East Peak chair, then I spent the rest of the morning in the Ewok forrest skiing my favorite lines at a nice easy pace while everyone was chasing what was left on the open trails.
below is a short video from today
Merry Christmas! It was a very white Christmas today up here on Snoqualmie Pass, WA, where we received 6″ of fresh during operating hours. Another nice note of skiing on Christmas day up at the Summit at Snoqualmie is no lift lines. Alpental had a delayed opening due to avalanche work on wind loaded snow, but once it opened, the morning crowd thinned out. I started my day over there but ended up skiing the low angle pow on Sunrise in the Silver Fir base area. Below are some pics from when Santa paid the Alpental back bowls a visit (with Shaun Maurer launching overhead). Ho Ho Ho Let it Snow! Hope your Christmas is merry and bright!
Mike sent this one down the other day to share a little lift served action, for a change of uphill pace, at Cypress Mountain. Knowing that Mike and Andy spend most of their free time climbing remote peaks for the super sweet ski, they can’t help but take advantage of the great lift served storm skiing they get right in their North Vancouver backyard.
Their day out was this past Wednesday the 19th of December. Looking like a white Christmas in B.C. too!
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!
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)
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.
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.
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)