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Cascades, WA (Hwy 410) –  April Pow!

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27
Feb

 width= 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!




Here’s the lowdown from the White Pass Ski Area website:


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: lc@skiwhitepass.com $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!

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26
Feb
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photo by April Russell

Brundage Mountain -aka Best Snow In Idaho- is offering its best deal on 2015/16 season passes but it ends tonight at midnight. Purchasing your Adult pass today for just $339 plus tax (a $200 savings off full price) gets you an entire season of unlimited access for less than the price of six daily lift tickets. Plus, you can add on the rest of THIS season for $99 per person (or less depending on the pass you purchase). Prices for Seniors, Juniors, College Students, Military, Youth and Children are even lower. Be sure to make your purchase by midnight tonight (Thursday, February 26) to get the best prices. Just follow this link for full details. Check out our earlier post for more info on Brundage and our video below to see our day on the Best Snow in Idaho.

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26
Feb

Drew Hurter, an Alpentalic friend for many years now, who is currently living up North in Bellingham, WA. Where he has been gaining a great education over the past few years, not only at WWU, but high in the Cascades. This is a sweet edit he banged out of a recent trip with Tim Black, and Thomas Tran. On a side not this trip was made this past Saturday (2/21/15), which was the same day Jerad and I skied at Silver Peak (snoqualmie pass), and finding only a fraction of the snowpack seen on the higher slopes of the North Cascades.

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24
Feb

 width= My bro Jerad Merbs and I headed up to take another look at Silver Peak, this past Saturday (2/21/15), after the 3 to 4 inches new of snow that came through, landing up there recently. We met at the parking lot below, the almost totally bare slopes, of Summit East (which, on a side note, I ran to the summit 2 days ago on dirt, the entire way!?!). Jumped in Jerad’s jeep and we’re able to get to windy pass easily (saw an outback up there too, and I’m sure with some work we could have made it further, but decided to skin up the road from there). I think now, we could drive all the way up to the fire pit. Also note, the road is the only access, as the normal route from Windy Pass (along the timber line) is snow free and too THICK.

 

above: Kendall Peaks/Pacific Crest Trail as seen from Silver Peak

below: Short Central Cascades conditions video from 2,600′ to apx 5,000′

 

Anyway, we got up there to check out the NE bowl thinking it might give us a good “top to bottom run”, even if it was in the chill terrain. Didn’t happen, as you will see the waterfall is wiped out and having seen the lower part of “chute TNT” also wiped out, we decided to ski back out the NW bowl on the rock peppered cruiser slopes. Good to get out, but bummed to now be forced into the Alpine Wilderness to find some BIGGER terrain and deeper snow.

 

Looking North into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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21
Feb

Are you one of the many PNW skiers out there looking for a road trip target, and most of all save some bucks while getting some lift served action? Here’s what I’d suggest, head for Whitefish Mountain Resort for some great coverage, terrain, and people. But first, I had heard Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint, ID (which is on the way to Whitefish) is offering 1 free day of skiing to a bunch of PNW ski area pass holders. So start your trip from the Cascades, head to Sandpoint find a great deal at Sleeps Cabins (on the water, just before the long bride on your way into town), Get kick ass NY style 18″pizza delivered from Babs’ Pizzeria (cheese pizza is only 16 bucks!?!). Then get some mellow groomers in on the runs Schweitzer has open for a warm up to move on to the fully operational Whitefish Mountain Resort (where the BIG mountain skiers will find the lift served terrain they seek), which is only 3-3.5 hrs drive from Schweitzer. Oh, be sure to stop around the halfway point to stretch the legs for a short walk to Kootenai Falls.

 

Here’s the banger deal for Whitefish, EAT, SKI, SLEEP, repeat for just $84 bucks. Another idea is the Amtrak train, just checked a fare from Seattle to Whitefish, 2 weeks out on a Sunday night, and found coach under $70 bucks and the “superliner roomette” was under $170, (which sleeps 2).

 



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20
Feb

 width= Zack Jessel, Tara and Carl Simpson proved to me last time out (prior to their trip vid below) that their high elevation, corn diet has made them super strong. Who needs lifts, or a road trip when you have a big ass canvas of snow in the backyard, providing any level of riding :-) The video below is a compilation of two days that Tara, Carl, and Zack timed perfectly on Feb 16th and 17th. Beautiful long ski runs in this vid, pretty much heli skiing without working the bank (just the quads). Thanks Carl, for keeping the Winter stoke alive with the great videos!

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19
Feb

 width= Tim Black (who was just recently, living LARGE in Japan for a month) just sent this one over of a trip up to Pemberton for a little BC, bc “hut skiing“. Below are a few words from Tim along with the edit he and Drew Hurter stacked and chopped. Great one guys!

 

 

Tyler Tran, Drew Hurter, Ryan Morrison and myself left Bellingham Friday afternoon, February 13th 2015 to catch a weekend of sun up north. During our hike in Friday night it was a steady down poor, rain up to 6000 ft. However when the clouds broke Saturday morning and we ventured up high in the alpine we were pleased with the conditions.


screen grab above – skier / Tyler Tran, video below – credit / Tim Black and Drew Hurter

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17
Feb

 width= Here’s my Central Cascade video report… Damn!?! Think Snow for next year PNW skiers, rather than Superbowl (again), as I can’t take a third year lacking BIG snow.

 

left photo – Summit East ski area as seen 2/16/15

photo below – Looking towards Granite Mtn., from Silver Peak’s NW bowl

 

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Short video from yesterday’s recon mission to Silver Peak.

 

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15
Feb

 width=Check out the brand new “Bladet jacket” by Bergans of Norway. Below are a few words from Bergans of Norway in regards to the “Bladet jacket” along with a short video.

 

Lightweight, heat insulating and soft jacket specially developed for ski touring and mountaineering. Insulated’s outer shell is windproof and water-repellent and insulated with a heat-boosting wool blend with high wicking and temperature-regulation properties, including if the garment gets wet.

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13
Feb

This video was sent to me back when it was fresh, however, to be honest I couldn’t click the play button. The reason being the friend who shared it, had mentioned the pup in the vid reminded him of Trooper dog (who we lost almost a year ago). Well, I just recently clicked play right after one of my best friends on this planet (Dale Bohem) had his wife send me the link, because as he watched the vid, all he could think about were epic times with our three pups (Boots, Hobart, and Trooper) and the memories of living a 10 year dream with 3 fine snow souls. Great motivation to complete sifting through ten years of video capturing so many epic times. I hope you get a chance to watch this one from our friends over at OR, who put this fine video together with DPS Skis. Btw, some of the shots might look familiar if you had caught Connor Eagan’s trip from this past Summer.

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