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01
Dec

The Winter Weather Advisory continues with heavy snow and accumulations of 9-18″ over the next 24 hrs for all of our local WA passes and Mt. Rainier. Snow levels are expected to fall to 3000ft tomorrow which means that Snoqualmie Pass is finally joining the party. And if the forecast below is right, the Summit at Snoqualmie could very well end up being the life of the party – yup, the numbers add up to 46″ by Wed. at Snoqualmie Pass and even more snow at higher elevations. Could that be enough for the Summit to open next weekend? We hope so! Stay tuned. It’s looking like the forecasts for all our WA passes, Mt. Baker and Crystal Mountain add up to more than 3 ft. by Wed. But get this: Paradise at Mt. Rainier is expected to see accumulations of up to 72″ – yes, that’s up to SIX FEET by Wed. (living up to its reputation of being the snowiest place on earth). Washingtonians, Let the partying begin!

 

 

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30
Nov

The latest Pacific storm’s a beauty. Winter storm watches and warnings remain in effect for the higher elevations of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Western Montana, Western Wyoming and a winter weather advisory has been issued for Northeast Utah. Per NOAA, the moderate to heavy precipitation is expected to continue for much of the Pacific Northwest and the northern half of California through at least Sunday. Higher elevations of the Western U.S. could see snowfall totals of 1-3 feet with locally higher amounts. Some snowfall totals in inches (below) from this storm so far since Tuesday to this evening are making us giddy but places like Mt. Rose reported top wind gusts of 90mph so be sure to check lift status before you head out.

 


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29
Nov

Jasper Wesselman, a senior at Issaquah H.S., will be joining The Snow Trooper team this year helping with the filming/editing throughout the season. This past Thanksgiving(Nov. 22nd) was spent for Jasper down on Mt. Bachelor on the other end of the lens. You will find Jasper hitting the big mountain terrain at Alpental, but will also catch him having a little fun in the park too… Just like day one at Bachelor.



Below is the opener vid shot by one of the Poor Boys Productions pros, Peter Alport.

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27
Nov


Here’s another one from our Teton Valley friend, Dorian Densmore, who spent this past Summer down in Argentina for the endless Winter. Below is the video “One Day with Alejo” along w/ a few words Dorian had to say about his bro.


Alejo Sanchez sleeps less, snowboards more, and goes bigger in life than most anyone I have ever met. He is a super nice guy who has lived his whole life in Argentina, shredding during our (in the northen hemi), summer months. His strong motivation to work hard in the mountains, combined with his love for nighttime activities, make him a really fun person to hang out with, if you can keep up.


One Day with Alejo from Dorian Densmore 2 on Vimeo.

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25
Nov

Tara and Carl Simpson ski more than most folks out there, especially when you factor in that they bang away at the vert all year long. This past week they gave the uphill muscles a little break and spent some downhill powder skiing using the lifts of their home ski area, Crystal Mountain. The last big storm that rolled thru the Cascades just before the holiday put all ski areas in operating mode (except ours on Snoqualmie Pass).


The King – photo credit Carl Simpson


Carl has already banged out two vids from this past week, so grab that coffee and click play.


The first video below was from opening day 11/21/12


Below is a vid of the goods on Thanksgiving!

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24
Nov

Jackson Hole opens today, Nov. 24th as scheduled. We visited this WY resort last winter to experience the 4,139 continuous vertical feet and 2500 acres (plus endless backcountry terrain) that they’re famous for. In fact, this year, Ski Magazine readers voted it #1 in three categories: Overall Satisfaction, Character and the Most Challenging Terrain. It was also voted the #6 overall resort in North America, its highest ranking ever. If there were a category for most friendly ski town, this would get our vote. We love this resort and its neighboring National Parks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton -truly spectacular! This season, skiers and riders will have a new, high speed, 4-passenger detachable chair at mid mountain, reducing the ride time to 3.5 minutes from 10 on the original lift. Along with the new lift, the Casper intermediate trail network has received extensive summer grooming to widen and improve two major runs, Wide Open and Lift Line (now renamed Sundog). We can’t wait to check it out on our next trip. In the meantime, do a few laps for us. Have fun out there.


Below is a short video of our day out w/ Anna Cole and Alexandra Meiners, showing us around their amazing playground.

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23
Nov

Grand Targhee Resort opens today, Nov. 23rd. The Resort’s 2,600 acres are accessible only through Teton Valley, Idaho but is actually situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Wyoming. We drove the 48 miles from Jackson Hole, WY to get there last season and fell in love with this place – rad terrain, massive views without the crowds. If you can get there early in the season, they’re offering some amazing Snowcat Adventure package deals that include 3 nights of lodging, one day of lift skiing and a full day of Grand Targhee Snowcat Adventure skiing between opening day and December 20, 2012 for $279pp or 4 nights lodging, two days lift skiing and a full day of Snowcat Adventure skiing for $301pp (plus taxes and fees).


 

This winter, the resort’s offering two new programs aimed at making family skiing effortless.  Grand Targhee’s Youth Ski and Snowboard Lease Program offers discount ski and snowboard packages for kids, allowing families to lock-in next year’s rate and save.  They are also offering new Youth Multi-Weekend programs. Lastly, don’t forget that you do not need to live in Idaho to take advantage of the Ski Idaho Fifth and Sixth Grade Passport Program that allows any fifth grader to ski or ride free three times and sixth graders two times at participating ski areas.  Families may learn more and submit passport applications all season long at www.skiidaho.us/5th-grade-ski-or-ride-free-passport.

 

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22
Nov

Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort opens this Saturday, Nov. 24th for weekend operations only. They’ll have the newly replaced Musical Chairs lift and Basin Express lifts running from 9am-3:30pm.  Lift tickets will be $40 and Sun-Fri  Season Passes will be valid.  There will be some features set up in the Terrain Garden.  Busing and Parking will be FREE this weekend and the Shuttle will run on the Midweek Schedule. Those planning to hit the slopes there will see the remodeled and expanded Ski and Ride Center, expanded Gourmandie market and upgraded rooms at the Selkirk and White Pine lodges (new LCD HD TVs & beds!). Schweitzer’s snow cat operation, Selkirk Powder Company, has added a second 10 passenger snow cat, increased snow cat access points and thinned tree areas to their 3,000 acres of backcountry skiing and boarding. We have never tried the cat service ourselves, but we do ski tour in the zone. The terrain is mostly “blue square”, so all of the snow riders in your group should have a blast!


After your day on the slopes Saturday, be sure to stop into Babs’ Pizzeria at 1319 Hwy. 2 in beautiful Sandpoint, ID. That’s where you will find the best NY style pizza.

Don’t forget that Schweitzer offers an affordable half day ticket on most Sundays after 12:30pm for $25 online or $35 at the window. Season pass holders perks this year include a 50% discount at Whitewater Resort in British Columbia and 5 days of free skiing at Washington’s White Pass Ski Resort. And White Pass season pass holders receive free lift tickets at Schweitzer when booking and staying on the mountain using PROMO CODE “wpassout”.


Below is the opening day from last year where you can see Sandpoint had snow on the ground (this year you need to drive halfway up their hill to hit the snow).


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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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