Looks like every resort in the U.S. Rockies is getting walloped from this latest storm. But today (so far as we can tell), Alta is the King of Snow. As of 10am this morning, Alta Ski Area received 24″ of new snow in the last 24 hours (17″ in the last 12 hours). The storm total is 4 feet! And counting… Alta is forecasted to receive 4-8″ more. The settled mid-mountain base is currently: 43 fantastic inches. The storms have been good to Alta – they’ve already received 64″ of snow and the season hasn’t even started. Please be aware that Alta is currently closed to all on mountain uphill traffic. But the wait is just about over because they’re scheduled to open this Friday, November 16th. Adjacent Snowbird is about neck to neck with Alta and their mid-mountain base is reported to be at 44″. They’re scheduled to open on Saturday, Nov. 17th. Check for additional opening dates for resorts in our earlier post.
UPDATE SUN. 11/11/12: The National Weather Service has upped its forecast for total snow accumulations at local mountain passes from tonight’s storm: 6-9 INCHES AT STEVENS PASS, SNOQUALMIE PASS AND WHITE PASS. 8-16 INCHES ON THE NORTH CASCADES HIGHWAY, CHINOOK PASS, MOUNT BAKER, AND PARADISE AND SUNRISE IN MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK.
ORIGINAL POST: A potent pacific frontal system is approaching the Pacific Northwest and will impact Washington and Oregon. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow which is in effect from 1pm Sunday to Noon pst Monday above 2500 ft. All mountain passes will be affected including Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass, White Pass, as well as Mount Baker, Mount Rainier.
* TIMING: SNOW WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. INTENSITY WILL PEAK ON SUNDAY EVENING…THEN TAPER OFF AROUND MID-DAY MONDAY.
* ACCUMULATIONS: 4 TO 8 IN. IN THE PASSES. 8 TO 16 IN. AT MOUNT BAKER AND PARADISE, MOUNT RAINIER. A PERIOD OF FREEZING RAIN IS POSSIBLE IN THE PASSES LATE SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING.
* SNOW LEVEL: NEAR 2500 FT AT THE ONSET OF PRECIPITATION ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. SNOW LEVEL WILL RISE TO NEAR 4000 FT ON MONDAY MORNING.
NOAA alerted us to a major winter storm impacting the Northern Rockies. Looks like Big Sky and Bridger Bowl, Montana are getting the goods from this one. As of this writing after midnight on 11/10, Big Sky is reporting 12-18″ new and they’re scheduled to open on Thanksgiving Day 11/22. Bridger Bowl is scheduled to open on 12/7/12. They aren’t reporting yet but the slopes are looking nice and white on their webcams.
This Right on Brothers movie, Livin’ Tiny: A Quest for Powder might just be my very favorite movie of the year for too many reasons to list, but here are couple. First, this is by a group of powder hounds we happen to know and have shared some very memorable moments with. Second, their passion has led them on an unique adventure that started with a dream of Black Diamond skier, Zack Giffin, and a flat bed trailer. Third, Zack, a Colorado transplant, has made Mt. Baker his home for the past 8+ winters because of three things we keep telling folks about (but if they’ve never experienced it, they think we’re full of it): “huge amounts of snow every year, combined with terrain that gives you the opportunity to get as radical as you want every run, and possibly most important, a coastal maritime snow pack that sticks to steep angles, pows out landings and makes accurate avalanche forecasting much more possible”. Oh wait… One more reason, it’s FREE right here / right now… Powder to the People! The movie is narrated by Zack’s closest ski partner, Molly Baker, not only can she write/narrate, but man can she rip the hell out of a gnarly chute that the average bad ass wouldn’t even think of dropping into. The movie was filmed and edited up by his brother Sam Giffin, who slashes the big lines the same way he slashes the edit timeline… Either type of slashing, the end result is the same: beautiful mountain art left behind. Our type of family movie… A MUST see! This video is 20 minutes long, so if you can watch it on your big screen (or lap top), do so! Before you click play, be sure to grab a brew, friends, popcorn and start your weekend off right w/ Right on Brothers.
Below is their epic powder quest adventure… Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
SnowRiders 4th Annual Winter Kickoff Party & Urban Sessions happens next Saturday, November 17th, @ 8PM in Boston, MA. This is one big event and party you won’t want to miss (21+ unless you’re competing). About 1000 people attended last year and this year’s going to be bigger with a massive ski & snowboard rail jam. They’ve invited >50 competitors already. So plan on getting to Who’s On First? at 19 Yawkey Way early and you could score a FREE Mount Snow Lift Ticket (first 700 people). They will be giving away over $50k in lift tickets, gear, & apparel. Live music by Camden, High Life & Bad Magician. Competitors stand to win $3500 in cash + boards, skis, and more. Get tickets in advance @ http://www.wkp.eventbrite.com/.
What do we do in November while waiting for safe, skiable snow in the mountains? Well, Silas Wild had a good answer – Gather with other sliding deprived addicts and Party for Snow! To that end, he went to check out EVO’s grand opening celebration of their hip new store at N 35th Street and Stone Way. This is what he had to say: What a beauty it is, full of new gear and enthusiastic kids ready to set us up to slay the powder when it arrives. As usual, EVO had some great skiers, great artists, and lots of fun on hand yesterday when I toured the new facility. I saw just about every new ski for 2012-13 in stock, state of the art boot fitting, huge new repair shop, and a great bar and casual restaurant plus a skate park (under construction) in the Fremont Collective shared space.In the evening, Pro Ski Seattle hosted their annual get ready for snow party with a keg, ski movies, and all the new boots and skis. The fun continues Sat., 11/10 at EVO with a huge sale, free giveaways from 686, live music and a silent auction. And now it looks like Mother Nature is trying to do her part to load the slopes for us!
Congratulations to Bryce Phillips on the new store.
SHRED-A-VISION, the latest movie from Wildcard Films, is having it world premiere in Seattle next Thursday, November 15th at the Landmark Guild 45th, 2115 North 45th. Doors at 9pm, Movie at 9:30. SHRED-A-VISION is Wildcard’s 2 year Megaproject featuring the talents of Patrick McCarthy, Nick Ennen, Andy Bergin-Sperry, Colin Spencer, Madison Ellsworth, Tim Carlson, Joe Bosler, Kurt Jenson, Matt Penny, Forrest Burki, Forest Bailey, Manuel Diaz, Stefan Krumm, Seth Hill, Luke Thorington, Nate Lind, Lucas Debari, Aaron Robinson, Jake Blauvelt, Scotty Vine, Austin Hironaka, Temple Cummins, Laura Hadar, Jay Kelly, Shaun McKay, and more. So many of these riders are from our own PNW so if you ride here, you’re going to know a lot of them. Highlights from our own backyard stomping grounds include X Games gold medalist Forest Bailey in the Mt. Baker backcountry with Patrick McCarthy and Heli missions in the Cascades and so much more. Get your tickets @ http://shredavision.brownpapertickets.com/ and see you there.
Mammoth Mountain is opening for the 2012/2013 season tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 8th. Catch the first chair at 8:30 am. They expect to have Broadway, Saddle Bowl, and Main Park open for skiing and riding. You’ll be able to access this – the most open terrain in California – via Chair 1 and Chair 3. The gondola will also be open for scenic rides. Have fun. Check for additional opening dates for resorts in our earlier post.
New this season – Moment Skis’ Deathwish – featuring a new design profile they’re calling Dirty Moustache which has 3 camber sections along the 112mm midsection of the ski and rockered tip and tail. This gives the ski incredible edge hold by putting weight on 4 contact points along the edge. We joined Moment’s Corky Still to try out the Deathwish skis on Winter Park’s hard pack snow (which many called icy) – check out the video below showing Corky Still carving at hi speeds to prove the point and Moment’s own CEO, Casey Hakansson, talking about the skis. Alas, a powder ski that can carve on hard pack too. And don’t forget that all Moment Skis are handmade in the USA.
The video below Corky Still gives them the AK Spring test down the North Suicide Chute.
No, we’re not referring to Mary Jane, the ski area at Winter Park, CO. Yes, we are referring to the three snow loving states where skiers and riders voted today to legalize marijuana for 21+: Colorado, Oregon and Washington. So far, more have voted to pass the measure in Colorado and Washington (but votes are still being counted). Thanks to all skiers and riders who voted today. Live to ski another day!
UPDATE: CO has just become the 1st state to legalize recreational use of marijuana! And WA followed suit! CO & WA – the best states to ski & ride in this season!