Crystal Mountain’s Ski Patrol opened Powder Bowl just after 1pm today to hikers only with access along the west ridge (since the High Campbell Chair was taken out by an avalanche). Carl Simpson sent us some video of the goods waiting for those who made the hike. Looks like plenty of nice fresh lines and powder -over a foot of new snow fell last week so it was clearly worth the effort.
Our friend Joey Mara, sent this one over last night from his home mountain, Stevens Pass, showing the good “CHOKER” times found on the first day of Spring. I was out late yesterday (at another gem within the Cascade Crown of jewels), and the recent snow seen in Joey’s POV vid is still skiing very nicely. Looking like a great weekend to head to the mountains! If you are up at Stevens Pass today and want to check out something intense, the Nordic Center will be hosting a biathlon all weekend. Also, put the Retro Fool’s Day event on the calendar for April 12th!
NOAA just released their 2014 spring weather outlook. If they’re right, the entire West coast could see warmer and drier conditions than normal for the next three months. That’s bad news for drought stricken California which just experienced its warmest and 3rd driest winter in 120 years of record keeping.
This upcoming Saturday, March 22nd, The Summit at Snoqualmie celebrates the first weekend Spring /the final weekend for ops at Summit West, by hosting the 2nd annual “Spring Splash – Pond Skim”. Only 50 “skimmers” will get the chance to cross the “even longer than last year’s” pond, from 1PM to 4PM. For more info on Summit West’s “Spring Splash – Pond Skim” final weekend bash click HERE. Below is a look back at last year’s pond skim.
Good one, sent over from Carl Simpson ripping the fresh around Crystal Mountain, with his wife Tara, this past March 10th and 11th. He also got a couple clips of heli avy control work near the huge slide that took out chair 6 recently. (photo credit – Carl Simpson)
Yep, calling this short edit the “Luck of the Irish”, because I was quite blown away by the lack of people and huge amount of untouched deep POW I found at Summit Central yesterday morning. If you are thinking about hitting the Cascades for the goods today, it should be a banger day at Alpental (where the lifts have yet to spin this week ). GET it!
This past Saturday (3/15/14), the Summit at Snoqualmie held the first ever jr. freeride comp., which took place down the Edelweiss chair line, giving everyone on the mountain a chance to spectate and ski. Conditions weren’t choice by any means, so these young rippers really had their work cut out for them as they showed off their BIG mountain skills, on a somewhat firm “Spring like” day (you could hear the loud slapping of their boards after stomping the drops of Rollen Rocks and the Fan). (above – girls 12-14 yrs: 1st place – Oli Mosely (left), and 2nd place – Anna Thompson 2nd place)
Below: 9-11 yrs: 1st place – Quincy Claesgens (center), 2nd place – Alec Lawrence (left of center), 3rd place – David Stonich jr. (who happens to be 6 yrs old ), along with Connor Kelly and Tanner Swanson.
Comp results below
Here’s a getaway that’s guarantied to please the entire group, even if the group is diverse from beginners to the hard core backcountry snowriders (that will be stoked with the mindblowing eye candy / backcountry terrain found just beyond the ropes). If you haven’t been before, be sure to put Grand Targhee Resort on the hit list, FOR SURE! They get more snow than most and in between the storms the snow remains cold and dry (as seen in the awesome video from our friends over at Peak Travels).
Our friend Yoshiko Chomon, a local year round PNW skier, just sent this one over from her current ski trip back home to Japan. This stop was Hokkaido, Japan to visit the Asahidake ski area, which happens to be the tallest volcano in the “Daietsuzan Volcanic Group”. As you will see in the short video below, Yoshiko hit this one just right and got some great powder skiing in with local friends, Tomo-San and Negishi-San. Thanks for the powder shred Yoshiko!
This past Monday night around 6PM, the rain stopped falling here at Hyak, WA (2,600’ above sea level) and the sky started to clear. I quickly geared up, and 30 minutes later I was at Summit Central enjoying a sweet, creamy, fresh snow night skiing session (that was so much fun, I skied hot laps almost until closing at 10PM). As the night was winding down a little snow started to fall, leaving me to believe that Tuesday morning could be quite nice, also knowing that the large dose of recent Cascade rain would keep people working in the city (rather than chance taking a “sick” day for a non-“sic” ski day). Well, I was right, and as I pulled into lot 1, there were only (apx) 10 other cars (at 8:50AM)!!! What a beautiful day, filled with sun, fresh snow, and small group of friends. A lot of us just lapped Edelweiss all morning then bailed. It is my understanding, those who stuck around the entire day, were rewarded with a little Elevator “sidecountry” fresh snow action, served up the ski patrol!?! Looking like another fantastic “Spring” like day up here (should be locked up good and tight until that morning sun rises over Chikamin).