Below is a sled served video from the Cascade Crew, hitting one of their high yield powder zones last month during our big March madness storm. Edit is by our friend Jessie Pittis, who is almost healed up from this early season’s knee injury and is hoping to get a little late Spring pow too.
The National Weather Service has issued another round of Winter Weather Advisories for the entire Washington and Oregon Cascade mountains with some areas expected to receive as much as 16″ by tomorrow. NWS also issued Winter Weather Watches for the North and Central Rockies for Mon.-Tues. with the possibility of as much 18″ in places. Here’s a summary of what’s forecast for the Cascades:
-WEST SLOPES CENTRAL CASCADES AND PASSES: 6-10″ by Sun. afternoon with highest amounts on Mt. Rainier. Snow level: around 3500′.
-EAST SLOPES NORTHERN CASCADES INCL. BLEWETT PASS, LOUP LOUP PASS: 2-5″ by Sun. afternoon with highest amounts south of Lk. Chelan, Blewett & Stevens Passes. Snow level: around 3000′.
-NORTHERN OREGON CASCADES-CASCADES IN LANE COUNTY-SOUTH WASHINGTON CASCADES INCL. MOUNT ST. HELENS: 5-11″ by Sun. night. Snow level near 4000′ through Sun. morning dropping to 2000-3000′ Sun.-Sunday evening.
-SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON CASCADES-SISKIYOU MOUNTAINS AND SOUTHERN OREGON CASCADES INCL CRATER LAKE, DIAMOND LAKE: 8-16″ by Mon. morning. Snow level above 5000′.
falling to near 4000′ late Sun. afternoon & evening.
This past March 24th, The Summit at Snoqualmie celebrated their 75th birthday just two days after a 6 day 5′ storm. I wanted to mention the storm because as we got with in days of the pond skim, I was having second thoughts about trying my luck at crossing the 60 long pool of icy water. Well, turned out that the Sun Gods showed up just in time for the 2:30PM kick off for the the pond skim. I also wanted to mention the pond skim was an event that took place by the old school patrollers back in the day higher up on the mountain at Beaver Lake (btw, as of today Beaver Lake is currently under 5′ or so of snowpack). Above is a short video backed to the music from our friends and Snoqualmie Pass locals, the T-Bagging Bandits.
below: skier-Shaun Maurer, photo-Laine Marie
below: skier-Snoqualmie Yeti, photo-Kelson McClung
Here’s another one from Andy Traslin out of the Coast Mountains this past March 29th.
Our new friend, Michael Reavis, sent this vid over showcasing one of their playgrounds, that delivered a lot of great days this season. The video below was taken in the Great Bear Wilderness, which offers some excellent skiing along with epic views of the Lewis Range. I haven’t been to this zone, but after seeing the vid, it’s now on my hit list.
Andy Traslin sent this short “Hans Solo” pov edit down of one some hot laps at one of his secret Depencier Lake powder stashes. Depencier Lake is located deep with in the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains up in British Columbia. We are Hoping to get the Traslin brothers down for a Rainier volcano ski in the next month or two… Stay tuned!
Here’s yet another video from the St. Patty’s storm that hit the Cascades this year. The pov video and text below is a from our good friend Scott Harder.
Powder Tuesday & Thursday at Alpental (Alpy) during a late March storm that brought 20+ inches in only a few days. Rafe and I had chair 2 to ourselves on Tuesday, and got a few runs in on Elevator Gate – but pretty much owned Breakover.
Randy & I paired up on Thursday and finally sent some lines on Chaka Cliffs and then dominated Breakover. Timed the opening of Nash Gate perfectly and after a hairball icy traverse, we skied what we think was one of our best runs ever down Martin Bowl. Untouched. Quality Pow. Sustained and super fun.
The second stop for this year’s Tiny House Tour was spent on another one of their home mountains, Mt. Shuksan, WA. This video is fantastic, not only because of the awesome team Zack Giffin has assembled to film and ski, but also because of the air support they get on this one. Yep, the Tiny House crew has taken it to another level. Check this one out, it’s EXCELLENT!
Another great one from our friends Tara and Carl Simpson out of Crystal Mountain, WA. This is a super fun mountain with a grip of big mountain terrain. This is the place Tara and Carl call home and after watching the vid you will know why. The video below is a compilation of goods from this past big storm, that blasted the Cascades of Washington with over 5′ of sweet powder in 6 days.
Our (amazing) Washington DOT just announced that they will begin clearing the snow off the road through Chinook Pass mid-April in hopes of having it reopened in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Very exciting news as this is one of our favorite zones with endless backcountry skiing from the car. Chinook Pass, located on SR 410 past Crystal Mountain and at the east entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, sits at 5,430 ft about five miles east of the Cayuse Pass summit. This part of SR 410 through Chinook Pass is designated the Chinook Scenic Byway. Chinook Pass has been closed from Morse Creek (five miles east of the summit) to Cayuse Pass since last Nov. If it opens as planned, you know where we’ll be on Memorial Day weekend – same place we were last Memorial Day weekend – as seen in the video below (which includes clips with WSDOT’s finest explaining the snow clearing process and conditions last opening weekend).