Below is the 2015 White Pass Ski Area Winter Carnival edit of our weekend this past 2/28 and 3/1. What a blast all of us had, charging the perfect corduroy and “boot top” cold pow we found in their bc, BOTH days. Due to the incredible lack of snow on our home pass (Snoqualmie), it was no wonder to have run into so many Alpental skiers, getting a fix too. That isn’t what surprised me though, it was how many of the Snoqualmie Pass locs had never skied White Pass, well this is what ever single person had mentioned (in some way or another), “This place rocks! The people are so friendly and down to earth, and the “earth” they have to ski in and out of bounds is LEGIT!” If you have never been to White Pass, you owe it to yourselves to put it on the hit list, then I’m sure you will be itching to go back (just like I am, right now).
*Also, as mentioned before, the White Pass Village Inn has great loft rooms with kitchens to make for a cheap trip with the crew. However, as we found out, coming in from the Eastside on Hwy 12, all the grocery stores on the way, don’t open until 7AM.
Tara and Carl Simpson hit the road a week or so ago for MT, to chase some snow. Then, they tacked down to the Wasatch where they found a GREAT time in Sandy Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon. Check out Carl’s short edit below.
(photo credit – Carl Simpson)
Josh Langdon has been having a blast in recent days down in Northern Arizona. Having a blast because, “March came in like a Lion” for our friends down in Arizona (amongst a bunch of other places too, besides Snoqualmie Pass ) Josh’s good times have been taking place out of his home mountain, Arizona Snowbowl , which is located just outside the city of Flagstaff. The video below was taken on 3/3/15. Enjoy!
Here’s another short clip to check out while I finish up this past weekend’s video from White Pass Ski Area. This clip below was in the “near” White Pass Ski Area bc… Choice! BTW, they are open today!
*Also, as mentioned before, the White Pass Village Inn has great loft rooms with kitchens to make for a cheap trip with the crew. However, as we found out coming in from the East side, on Hwy 12, all the grocery stores on the way, don’t open until 7AM.
Here’s a slightly condensed version of the 2015 White Pass Ski Area “Winter Carnival” fireworks display (2/28/2015). As I had mentioned in my posts earlier this week, the Winter Carnival was blessed with 8″or so of perfect cold “velvet like” powder, for both days! This last storm really set the mountain up perfectly, they are now open daily with fabulous grooming for some really high speed carving, along with great park features for those who rock! Also, I just spoke with Adam Roberts who told me he skied White Pass Ski Area today and it was GREAT!
The fireworks display video below was taken entirely at the White Pass Village Inn which, as you will see, is located just across the “road” from the base area. Super close to the lifts and perfect to soak the tired bones after an epic day on the slopes!
(left) photo taken from the HOT pool at the White Pass Village Inn
I really love this film below, “From the Road”, that Fisher Creative did for Dynafit last year, which features our friend Eric Henderson and his trip to “Get Back on the Horse”, that bucked him back in April of 2009. He suffered a broken neck, and his life took a different route that day. When I first met Eric, 4 to 5 years ago, he showed me his enthusiasm for the mountains as we spent most of our time talking about, of all things, SNOWSHOEING! I liked him and his amazing energy the moment we first met in Denver, and the more I have learned, such as his past life as a lead guide for Valdez Heli- Ski Guides, his family at home and Dynafit fam, my respect continues to grow! If you don’t know Meteorite Peak, it’s the same peak Dean Cummings of H2OG earned Powder’s line of the year a few years back. However, for the Dynafit crews ascent, the summit would be obtained by their legs “From the Road”. BADASS, be sure to check it out now, or on your lunch break today!
As I chop up clips of our super fun weekend at Adam Roberts and Jason Hummel’s home mountain, White Pass Ski Area, here’s a shot Jeff took towards the end of day on 2/28/15, in the White Pass Ski Area bc.
*Also, as I mentioned earlier today, the White Pass Village Inn has great loft rooms with kitchens to make for a cheap trip with the crew. However, as we found out coming in from the East side, on Hwy 12, all the grocery stores on the way, don’t open until 7AM.
Great weekend spent with great people (2/28/2015 – 3/1/2015) up at White Pass Ski Area for the annual Winter Carnival, which was blessed with 8″or so of perfect cold “velvet like” powder, for both days! This last storm really set the mountain up perfectly, they are now open daily with fabulous grooming for some really high speed carving, along with great park features for those who rock! However, my true love POWDER, was found all weekend in their bc, which is truly amazing, especially because we had seen only 5 other “ski skinners” playing in the goods!?! BTW, the lower timber zones, in the bc were still the bomb last night at closing, so if I could, I’d be standing in line, waiting for first chair at 8:45AM
Below: skiers /Adam Roberts and Jeff Rich scoping, what became Jerad Merb’s BIG line, photo credit / TNT
Even though White Pass can be done in a BIG day from most places East or West of the PNW Cascade Crest, our Team piled in to the the White Pass Village Inn which was just across the “road” from the base area. This being important, because you don’t want to miss a minute of the fun, including the amazing fireworks display (as seen below from the 100+ degree pool, the Village Inn provides to soak the muscles and reflect on good livin’!). Lots of video to crunch from this action packed weekend, so stay tuned for the edit later this week. Live to Ski Another Day!
Sled Dogs Skates has come out with a patented hard shell boot with integrated, steel edged base that can “ski” and turn on the snow -without skis. The video below featuring a hockey coach taking his training downhill (literally) on a pair of these makes it look so easy – suggesting that if you can skate, you can ski. The guys behind Sled Dogs Skates are Norwegian brothers Ronny Paul Gydar and Tommy Einar Gydar Syversen. Their site says that “Ronny is the hardcore Inliner -looking for a way to enjoy inlines in winter time and Tommy is the guy that loves after-ski and was looking for something to enjoy before after-ski” – but we imagine “after” after-ski too. Here’s to the fun loving Norwegians for coming up with what could possibly be the lightest, most economical ski set up. Maybe even Sled Dogs Skates + ICETrekkers or crampons for a late season or an otherwise firm/low snow, backcountry tour? Looks like a good time no matter how limited the snow or terrain. We’d sure like to give ‘em a try right about now (or anytime really) -and perhaps mix it up on an outing with our own home grown snowskaters. Go figure that Norway’s Bergen and our Seattle are sister cities. Live to ski/skate another day!
Wondering where to ski this weekend (2/28/2015 – 3/1/2015), close to home (as a fair amount of our friends are on the road searching/chasing snow)? Based on feedback from others about each gem within our Cascade Crown of ski resorts (that are open!?!), I’d pack the rig and crew up and roll to White Pass Ski Area, where Adam Roberts reported the skiing to be better than Mt. Baker right now (thank goodness for the Couloir Express chair). So a combo of carving on the sweet groomers, and a little lift served ski touring mixed in with the Winter Carnival events, should make for an excellent weekend!
Below are a couple of videos, I just checked out on youtube, of their fireworks display, and WOW what a show!!! White Pass Ski Area sure LOVES there peps! The first one is from last year (think his cam died before grand finale) and a good cell phone vid from 2013, showing they take this seriously every YEAR, can’t wait!
Event overview & schedule: This family oriented event features our snow castle (located at the High Camp this year), live music, FIREWORKS, Kids’ Carnival, and snow sports competitions and poker run for kids and adults! See the complete schedule below.
Snowboarders of the 80’s Unite! In conjunction with the annual White Pass Winter Carnival, we are celebrating the 29th season of mainstream snowboarding on the mountain. White Pass Ski Area is encouraging any rider from the 80’s, family members of a rider from the 80’s, or any rider that should have been riding in the 80’s to shut off the VCR, put away the Atari, and wax the board. Let’s meet in the base lodge at 10am to put some old names with some old faces, share some laughs, and plan at least two runs together before we resort to Advil, Ben Gay, and refueling.
Winter Carnival Ski 4 Kids Event: This 2-day kids’ ski / snowboard event is a fund-raiser. Saturday, participants will train in gates and on Sunday they will have the opportunity to take on the race course. Kids must be chairlift riders to participate. Appropriate for ages 5 – 12. For more information see below or email: firstname.lastname@example.org $135
One more thing I wanted to add for the out of town skiers. I had heard the the White Pass Village Inn still has rooms available (which is just as unusual as this Winter)… BTW, they have fresh snow!