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21
Nov

I wanted to share some super cool media attention our good friends and fellow Snow Troopers, Mike and Andy Traslin, have received this November. They both appeared in this month’s issue of Backcountry Magazine and both ended up on the packaging box for the 2013 G3 climbing skins. Nice job Andy and Mike, giving us one last final stoke in before the next chapter(Winter 2012/2013), which is now HERE!


Andy Traslin, getting a full page ad in the November issue of Backcountry Magazine. Photo taken by Mike Traslin


Mike Traslin (Andy’s Big bro), getting the centerfold in the same November Backcountry Magazine issue! The three original pics use for the media below were all taken by Jason Hummel. Jason is a true Cascade Crusader that ski tours w/ a camera, so after you finish checking out all the photos below be sure to visit his site AlpineStateofMine and then friend him on facebook.


below the original photo by Jason Hummel used for the November Backcountry Magazine centerfold.


Image was used for the packaging of G3 Climbing Skins ( skiers – Mike Traslin, Andy Traslin and Juya Ghanaie).


Image used on this season’s G3 website.


Andy Traslin in a recent G3 ad.


Below is the 2011 Alpental Vertfest (note: titles state 2010, which is incorrect), which was won by the Traslins, who combine have the majority of first and second place finishes in the history of Alpental rando rallys.

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18
Nov

Mt. Baker announced a possible limited opening on Wed., Nov. 21st. The current storm front is looking good for WA. Up to 57″ of snow is forecast for Mt. Baker over the 4500 ft elevation (near Heather Meadows) by Wed. Just in time for Thanksgiving!

 

 

All our local W. WA resorts will see lots of snow per the current winter weather advisory below:

URGENT-WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE- NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE

 

TWO VIGOROUS FRONTAL SYSTEMS MOVING THROUGH W. WA WILL BRING A MIX OF WINTER WEATHER TO THE CASCADES SUN. AFTERNOON THROUGH MON. HEAVY SNOW IS POSSIBLE ON THE HIGHER MOUNTAINS ROADS ABOVE 4500 FT…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUN AFTERNOON THROUGH MON EVENING…

 

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…THE HIGHER MOUNTAIN ROADS LIKE THE MT BAKER HIGHWAY, WASHINGTON PASS ON THE N. CASCADES HIGHWAY AND THE ROAD TO PARADISE IN MT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK WILL RECEIVE MAINLY SNOW. LOWER HIGHWAY PASSES SUCH AS STEVENS PASS, SNOQUALMIE PASS AND WHITE PASS WILL RECEIVE SNOW INITIALLY BUT PRECIPITATION WILL EVENTUALLY CHANGE TO RAIN WITH FREEZING RAIN ALSO POSSIBLE.

 

* TIMING…PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN INCREASING SUN. AFTERNOON AND BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES SUN. NIGHT THROUGH MON.

 

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…8-18″ OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE ON THE HIGHER MOUNTAINS ROADS.

 

* SNOW LEVEL…AROUND 3000 FT SUN. AFTERNOON AS PRECIPITATION BEGINS…THEN RISE TO 5000-6000 FT ON MON.

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17
Nov

Here’s the video from our day out in Mt. Baker’s backcountry with Mike & Andy Traslin and Adam U. Full report in post below.

 

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16
Nov

Mike and Andy Traslin met us yesterday at Mt. Baker’s Heather Meadows. After the latest storm, we decided it would be our quickest route to a good ski in the backcountry. Snow depth around the Heather Meadows elevation probably maxed out at about 12-18″. The drive up to the parking lot was clear and the road beyond the gate had just enough snow to skin from there. Just before we left the lot, TNT noticed Baker local, Adam U, who joined us for our Mid-November walk. Coverage improved quickly as we climbed but even from the get go, there’s enough snow to avoid any ptex damage. In fact, we didn’t bottom out on anything all day. Not sure that would be the case if we didn’t have full on sun and great viz to read the terrain. There’s enough of a base below the fresh (settled to about 4″ maybe) but the bigger rocks aren’t far from the surface. We took the standard backcountry route to Artist Point and then continued to Table Mountain. Take a look at our pictures from the day – fantastic views of Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker. Video is in the works so please check back for that soon. Think snow, because one more good storm should give us some excellent skiing.

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15
Nov

If you missed the previous shows of Teton Gravity Research’s latest movie, The Dream Factory, here’s your last chance to see a special encore screening on Monday, Nov. 19th at 8pm at the Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle. All net proceeds benefit NWAC. Follow TGR’s modern day athletes on this cinematic voyage through Alaska’s awe-inspiring expanse, rich history, and colorful characters. Watch as Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Seth Morrison, Dash Longe, PNW’s own Ralph Backstrom (Western Washington U) & Dylan Hood (Mt. Hood), and the rest of the TGR team delve deep into the Alaskan way of life, finding the best snow on earth and skiing the terrain that most of us only dream about. Tickets are only $5 and available now at Second Ascent, 5209 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle.


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14
Nov

Whistler is opening early for the 2012-13 season on Sat., Nov. 17th.  Skiers and riders can catch the 1st chair @ 830 a.m.

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13
Nov

With everyone all amped up for their home mountain’s opening (wherever that may be located), I thought I would look through the video files from last season at Snoqualmie Pass, to see what I could come up for an added stoke to the fire. After a couple days of sorting clips, this is what I came up with… Lots of powder, lots of great friends shralpin’ it, and some wicked dubstep provided to us by We Bang and Natty Freq. It’s droppin’ now, so sit back and click play, because full on Winter’s not too far away!



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12
Nov

This is turning out to be an exciting week for skiers and boarders. Heavenly and Northstar in California are also opening early for the 2012-13 season this Wed., Nov. 14, two days ahead of Squaw Valley and Kirkwood’s early opening on the 16th. Over in UT, Snowbird, after receiving 19″ in the last 48hrs, announced they will open early this Thursday, Nov. 15. Alta had previously scheduled their opening for Friday, Nov. 16 and it looks like they’re on track to do so.  Check for other resorts opening this week as scheduled in our earlier post.

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12
Nov

Squaw Valley will be opening early for the 2012-13 winter season on Friday, November 16. Turns out the latest set of storms and their snowmaking have given them enough coverage to run a bunch of lifts. To start, skiers and boarders will be able to ride the Exhibition, Red Dog, Resort at Squaw Creek and FirstVenture lifts. The mountain operations teams are currently working on getting some of the upper mountain open before Thanksgiving including sections of Gold Coast, Mountain Run and possibly even down into the Shirley Lake area. Alpine Meadows also got a good dose of snow and while they didn’t announce an opening date yet, they’re saying they “will undoubtedly open earlier than our original opening date of December 7, 2012″.

The other big news coming from Squaw is: Gold and Silver Season Passholders Can Now Ski & Ride Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort! This benefit applies to all 2012-13 Gold and Silver Tahoe Super Pass holders, regardless of when the pass was purchased. If you haven’t purchased your 2012-13 pass as of yet, they’ve extended existing pricing through December 7, 2012. Remember, too, that Gold Tahoe Super Pass holders can also ski the other Mountain Collective resorts for 50% off the published one day ticket rate: that’s 50% off of Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, and Jackson Hole all season long. Wow, Squaw Valley, that’s Sweeeet!

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Nov

Washington’s Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort has announced it’ll open on Fri., 11/23 – perfect timing for folks wanting to work off the turkey day calories. Located on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains, this resort is well known in WA for its sunshine (>300 days of sun) and drier snow. They typically don’t get as much snow as the resorts on the western slopes of the Cascades so they have 66 acres of snowmaking to help them along, more than any other area in the state. Mission Ridge has over 2,000 acres and 2,250 ft of vertical. We love that they’re only 12 miles from Wenatchee and about 30 min. from Leavenworth too. Check out this video from last May with our good friend Obadiah Ehly who rode the snow train from his home in Sandpoint, ID to Wenatchee, WA for a non-lift served day at Mission Ridge.

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