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17
Jan

It’s been a tough week with no new snow, but at least we have received sunshine in it’s place and Glen Plake will be skiing at Summit West tonight! I wanted to share this conditions video from yesterday skiing with Karter, Joe, Becky and myself, because it should be similar to what Glen gets today/tonight when he arrives with the Elan crew. I hoping for the same conditions today, because all we did yesterday was soak in some sun and epic Snoquamie Pass sights, along with dancing on the corduroy all day (as seen the the video below).



This next vid I wanted to share is a creation of our very good friend, Scott Harder. This was taken two years ago in March, when Glen Plake paid us a surprise visit to Summit East. This was an epic day as seen through the lens of Scott’s cameras. Enjoy this one and be sure to look for today/tonight’s fun with Glen Plake to come your way in video form a few days from now!


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16
Jan

Joey Mara was just up on Mt. Rainier’s Muir snowfield with his two bros, Dan McCarthy and Bobby Farrington. Turns out conditions are staying quite nice up high while it’s dry. Check it out, it looks like they hit it perfectly (I just wonder how the high freezing levels and full on sun the past two days are effecting Muir).



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15
Jan

Super stoked for this one out of Arizona yesterday ( 1/14/13 ), from Josh Langdon skiing the Inner Basin which is just outside the Snowbowl ski area. Most people don’t think of Arizona when it comes to skiing, however AZ has 4 ski areas throughout the state. Mt. Lemmon being the furthest south in the lower 48, hovering over Tucson. Sunrise ski area is located in Central AZ with in the Apache Nation. Northern AZ is home for both Elk Ridge on Route 66 in Williams, and Snowbowl which is located just outside Flagstaff at the base of the 12,633′ San Francisco Peaks. Snowbowl’s base area sits at 9,200′ and the ski lifts get you another 2,300′ up the mountain.



Yes, this is Arizona and the skiing at this resort is legit, not to mention the sic backcountry that Josh and his crew have all to themselves. Being an Arizona boy myself, I will be making it a point to get down and ski Flagstaff with Josh in the near future (who knows maybe the Plakes would do a “SW Down Home Tour” next year). Thanks for the Southwest stoke, JOSH!



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14
Jan

Our friend Jessie Pittis leads a band of merry young men that call themselves Cascade Crew. This season Jessie is out with an injury and is now living through the camera lens of his brother and bros, while he puts together the edits of their sled served backcountry adventures. This past Christmas holiday they were all at the Cascade Crew Keechelus Ridge hideout slashin’ their greatest gifts with their sticks. (Jessie got some good sledding in, as seen at the end of the vid.).



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13
Jan

I am very stoked we are getting a visit from Glen Plake this Thursday the 17th, at Summit West for a night sesh. I have found that everytime we ski with the Plakes, whether it’s at big mountains or smaller mountains, the fun factor is blasting off the scale. That being said, I would much rather ski with Glen Plake and his Elan crew at Alpental, but Summit West for an evening ski session should be a blast too. I’m very thankful to a former Snoqualmie Pass local, Ken Scott, who put this tour together. Ken is with Elan Skis and his crew will have demos at Summit West Thursday night for you to test out w/ Glen… Get ready for some ballet and ski tricks!


below is a short vid from 2011, Alpental with ski legends Glen Plake and Brad Vancour



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12
Jan

I wanted to share this one our friend Marty from the Cascade Crew sent over of their travels up and down the Cascades catching most of the openers. This video captures a little from Alpental, Mt. Baker, Summit at Snoqualmie’s West, Central and East, five areas in one 4:20 vid…


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11
Jan

We are stoked to have Josh Jorgensen sending us videos from his new home mountain. As I have mentioned before, Josh has taken the reins of this super sweet ski area and has assembled an excellent team. Within that team are a few guys capturing quality video of what Mission Ridge has to offer and then sharing it with all of us. Thanks Josh!



night skiing @ Mission Ridge

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10
Jan

My good friend Obadiah Ehly stopped in at Snoqualmie Pass last week. He was on his way from Sandpoint, ID to his new home mountain, Sugar Bowl, CA. He has skied Alpental on Cinco de Mayo and wanted to hit it again. But, with only a trace of snow over the New Year, I thought about taking him up to one of our secret powder stashes instead. As we headed out for his first day, the temps were in the teens, super thick fog and 18 mph winds out of the East, making me wonder how the day would pan out for Obadiah’s visit. However, when we dropped into our NW powder stash the winds were blocked and the visibility was excellent because of the beautiful old growth forest. Mid day, the fog lifted, improving the viz and providing some long distance views for Obadiah’s visit. After a little more exploring and some great powder skiing, we called it a day.


Day one was so rewarding, we chose to do it again the next day, but only after calling 5 more solid friends/snowriders (Karter Riach, Shaun Maurer, Cole Barrett, Jacob Mandell, and Andrew Eckels). We later heard reports of the conditions 1,000 ft. higher than us being sun effected with a nasty crust. I guess sometimes a little fog can be a good thing.



Granite Mtn as see from the powder playground.

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09
Jan

2013jancosnowWe’re heading to Colorado in 2 weeks for the Snow Sports Industry Association’s Snow Show 2013. Seeing as we’ll be spending several days skiing there, we’ve been watching the snow. Or more accurately: waiting for the snow. Check out the low snow levels at sample resorts as of today. What the heck? Is it just us (who are spoiled by the massive Pacific NW snow pack) or are the numbers below normal for CO? We checked with NOAA and they confirm that this isn’t the norm. NOAA indicates that CO is still experiencing drought conditions and the outlook for the first quarter of 2013 doesn’t look good for that zone. They’re predicting below normal precip and above average temps. Below are NOAA’s forecast models for the new year. If CO doesn’t get a good dump soon, this will be the 3rd year in a row with low snow and no steep skiing while we’re there (most double blacks remain closed at many resorts).  Disappointing.

 

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Colorado will be drier & warmer than normal Jan-Mar. 2013


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08
Jan

Our very good friend and fellow Snow Trooper, Silas Wild, has been part of a very cool intro Tele or Rando/A.T. program for a few years now at the Summit at Snoqualmie. This intro class is a 6 week program that kicks off at Summit West (in bounds) tomorrow night, January 9th, from 7:30 to 9:30PM. The class will meet for the following 5 Wednesday nights. The total price of the 6 week program is $180.00 (click HERE for the Summit Learning Center’s web page and find the look for the 4 programs down the page). Silas had also mentioned, if you are a member of W.A.C. or the Mountaineers be sure to check with your club for a discount.


Pre season skin at Summit West, Guy Peak in background.


Please note: this is just an intro class to show you the gear and how it works on a nice mellow ski area. If you have a good time and want to take the next step, we HIGHLY recommend contacting Pro Guiding Service. This group of guides are amongst the best in the world, based in North Bend, WA, but guide world wide.

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