The West slopes of the Washington Cascades is in for a very wet next few days. At higher elevations above 6000ft, the National Weather Service is forecasting by Sunday morning: 26″-48″ for Mt. Rainier and 34″-52″ in the Mt. Baker zone. Deep skiing like in the photo to the left is what we’re used to in late January and February. Fingers crossed that the snow level will lower but right now, it’s not looking like it – still there’s going to be snow – finally! If you’re planning to head into the backcountry for new snow, be sure to check the avalanche forecast at www.nwac.us. Live to ski another day! And don’t forget today is NWAC’s Snowball Fundraiser.
Take a look at the well thought out, Instinden backpack. Below are a few words from Bergans of Norway in regards to the “Istinden” backpack(s) (18L, 26L & 34L).
Alright, as I’m posting this “Spring Like” video of Tara and Carl Simpsons’ latest adventure to Mt. Rainier, the “Spring Like” weather continues ( Spring=Variable ), as there is fresh snow to be had today, in the same zones featured in the vid below. However, just like Spring, it will be quite different before you know it (and you will see shots of Carl in a t-shirt, just like to one to the left), so get after the small dose of fresh in the high country, while the gettin’ is good.
photo credit / Tara Simpson, skier / Carl Simpson
You may remember the gnarly unstable slope Julien Lopez found himself on a while back where he narrowly escaped death (if not, take a quick look below before watching today’s FWT incident).
Below are a few words from the Freeride World Tour in regards to today’s incident involving Julien Lopez (as he was hiking back up to grab his lost ski).
After the decision to stop the competition in Kappl / Austria, we thought we would catch up with Julien Lopez and the mountain guides to try to understand what happened and how Julien is doing after his scare. In this episode of the FWT Journal you will hear that “risk zero” does not exist and that no matter how many safety measure you take, and the tour organizers go above and beyond with this, the danger of avalanche is always very real in the mountains. Food for thoughts! Stay safe out there…
They didn’t need a groundhog in Whitefish Montana, to tell them wax the boards, the locals of Whitefish Mountain Resort, MT have Eric (aka Tyme Masheen) and Big Dave to report the conditions just around the corner, not to mention there fantastic job of reporting the daily conditions on the mountain. Awesome job guys! Also, want to give a shout out to another friend, Craig Moore of GlacierWorld.com (featured in the 2/2/15 vid below as Eric’s video victim) who takes epic shots year round in this amazing part of our beautiful country.
Great look and waterproof. Below are a few words from Bergans of Norway in regards to the “Storen” jacket
Light and uncompromising 3-layer shell jacket made from Dermizax®NX material for maximum weather protection, outstanding breathability and maximum freedom of movement. Storen is part of Bergans’ Slingsby range, which consists of ski touring and mountaineering products in which superior functionality, low weight and premium durability are perfectly balanced. Slingsby provides exactly what’s needed with nothing surplus to requirements!
Take a look at the conditions on Mt. Rainier from this past Monday (1-26-15), through the lens of Carl Simpson. The Sun was out the temps were up (with a little wind effect, but Tara, Carl, Zack and company always tend to finds the pockets of goodness), making it seem like post season with big coverage. Thinking I might have to make the drive up to Rainier too, as it truly feels like June here at Hyak, with almost NO snow on the slope.
video and photo credit / Carl Simpson, skier / Tara Simpson
I was out skiing the lower elevation lifts on Snoqualmie Pass yesterday, and MAN, it’s close to being put on hold (that’s just my view of how it felt in the gut ). However, if you ride mid-mountain and up at Alpental (which is open today 9-4), the conditions are far better. Almost night and day. That being said, Tara and Carl Simpson, who call Crystal Mountain Resort their home, have shared a ton of powder action from the “Higher Zone” (whether it was Crystal or Mt. Rainier NP and/or both), as seen below in Carl’s “mid-January/mid-mountain and up” powder adventure compilation.
photo and video credit / Carl Simpson
It has been a wet month in the Cascades, adding to the really tough times for the WA ski industry, but their is still good skiing to be had… If your timing is good, or you just ski almost every day, like Tara and Carl Simpson, along with their good friends Stephanie and Zack Jessel (all seen in photo to left, minus Carl, who snapped the sweet shot).
Get your spring gear ready for this weekend. No Joke: the forecasters are calling for sun and possibly record breaking temps in the 50s this Sunday. We’re talking T-shirts, shades, sunscreen and maybe even shorts. Who cares if there’s no deep pow and less snow than in past years? What’s there is sufficient and much, much better than expected. In fact, it’s down right spring like – soft and super FUN. No one ever complains when it’s sunny and 50 out in May. So come on out and enjoy it in January! All base areas at the Summit at Snoqualmie will be OPEN except Hyak -where, unfortunately, a section of the new, yet to open Rampart Chair at Snoqualmie Pass’ Hyak ski area collapsed under the weight of an old growth tree (that fell in last Sunday’s wind storm). But, we don’t care – it’s going to be sunny and 50 and FUN. See you out there!