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Dec


Jeff Rich snorkel skiing Stevens Pass, photo credit - Jameson Florence


Jeff Rich has changed his address this month to 123 lot B, Stevens Pass, WA, therefore we haven’t seen a whole lot of his epic powder DAYZ this month (but they’ll be coming soon as the snow subsides or he runs out of clean skivvies ;-) . Luckily for our teaser, our friend and one of Jeff’s main ski partners, Jameson Florence, captured a bunch of shots which he’d sent over as a little Xtra Xtreme Xmas snow cheer (up) for the folks who can’t make it back to their home stomping grounds of Snoqualmie Pass, WA due to road closers/ power outage (this is the story I’ve been singing for a few days, heading home right after this post – pass is open but power remains unknown as PSE is in a struggle at Snoqualmie Pass!!!)/


Jeff Rich catching some air to take in some O2 then back into the deep at Stevens Pass, photo credit - Jameson Florence


Jeff Rich loving life at Stevens Pass, photo credit - Jameson Florence


Jeff Rich back up for another round of O2, photo credit - Jameson Florence



Jeff Rich might be holding tight at Stevens Pass, without internet to upload his video to go along with the pics above, but our young 16 year old Snow Trooper, Alex Ropka, has been bouncing back home after his powder dayz and has sent over a very nice edit of his “December to Remember”. Again, right after this post is live, I am rolling up to my home stomping grounds of Snoqualmie Pass, which won’t have power for the entire Christmas holiday, so I’ll be a self powered skier.


Below is Alex Ropka’s edit from Stevens Pass’ amazing “December to Remember”.


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Dec

UPDATE as of 12/24/15, 10PM: East Bound lanes of Snoqualmie Pass have reopened. WSDOT estimates 1 a.m. will be the reopening time for West Bound lanes, though crews are still working so check WSDOT’s blog for updates.
I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass is closed in both directions again today between milepost 34 in N. Bend to milepost 106 near Ellensburg due to aPOWcalyptic conditions. WSDOT is reporting >112 inches of snow over the last seven days and 25 inches in the last 24 hours. Trees have fallen into and are leaning over the roadway and there is high avalanche risk over Snoqualmie Pass.  As a result of all this, the Summit at Snoqualmie is closed as well today. WSDOT has been working to clear the roads but they report that “The snow is so heavy, though, that by the time they clear avalanche chutes on one side of the pass, the ones on the other side fill back up.” For the full details, please visit WSDOT’s blog. Enough of the bad news. Here’s the good news: The Pass has already received more than a quarter of the total 300-400 inches of snow in a typical season. All this snow gives Alpental the 2nd deepest snowbase in N. Am. at top elevation (or 3rd at base elevation).

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24
Dec

Tim Black sending into a pillow covered rock garden

Here’s a super fun one Tyler Tran put together with his brothers Thomas, Tristan and Tim Black, “Mt Baker #1- Smashing Baby Pillows”. Just enough snow in the lower zones to have some epic fun, but don’t fall (too often), as the holes and rocks are everywhere! Having skied with Tyler and Tim before and both contributing to The Snow Troopers, I know there was a lot of laughing going on not to mention the hootin’ and hollerin’ as they pulled of some tricky lines. Click play and start of the day in a machine gunner type of way!



Below are a couple of my favorites with Tyler and Tim…

Kangaroo Hunt (take 3)

Bigger Birthday Tour

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23
Dec

Sights that make us happy!

Last Friday (12/18/15), Alpental ski area loaded the public for the first time this ‘15/16′ season! Like so many openings in past years, it was loaded with a bunch of fresh blower snow! I had heard originally, the mountain would most likely be opening the lower half, but this last system loaded the upper mountain beautifully and we were given a chunk of the upper mountain too! So nice, however, not all of the homies got to share in the goodness as the freeway was closed (so Jerad Merbs and myself tried to capture a little of what we found). I just looked at the Summit’s website to see if Alpental was on the agenda today and they have it listed as TBD, so be sure to check the link above for the latest and greatest for the Summit’s operating schedule today. It has been going off up there this past week, with really DEEEEEP cold blower snow! Remember, ski with a buddy and always “Live to Ski Another Day!” TNT


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22
Dec

What vehicles look like 2K below the lifts

This past week/weekend Tara and Carl Simpson have been living life just how they love, skiing just up the road at their home stomping grounds of Crystal Mountain. When your car is covered with a massive amount of snow and it is sitting almost 2,000 feet below the lowest lift on your mountain, you know the skiing is ALL TIME! Take a look at Carl’s short POV then plan out your holiday at any of the “Cascade Gems”, because Santa is bringing a nice gift of SNOW that should be falling close to sea level. Live to Ski Another Day!


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21
Dec

Pre-Christmas Powder stoke!

Over the past 10 days, Jeff Rich has spent all of his time destroying the powder at Stevens Pass that has been served up daily by the Snow Gods! He would have had an edit to share days ago, but the faucet was on full blast, keeping him right on his home mountain were he’s happiest! Check out the vid, get your stoke on and enjoy the Christmas break, which is looking just like remember it should! Keep thinking BIG SNOW!!!


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19
Dec

Alpental’s opening weekend is off to an incredible start. 33″ of new, dry, light snow in the last 48hrs. 55″ at the bottom and a whopping 92″ at the top. The entire mountain skied soft and with the lack of lines/crowds (where is everyone?), there were plenty of powder stashes. Upper International opened end of day for those who stayed. It was worth the wait. See for yourself in this short conditions video. With another winter storm warning in effect and the possibility of another foot or more of new snow by tomorrow night, it’s about to get even better (details below).

 

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 PM PST SUNDAY…HEAVY SNOW WILL BEGIN AROUND MIDNIGHT TONIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY….THE FORECAST CALLS FOR 1 TO 2 FEET OF NEW SNOW ON THE VOLCANOES INCLUDING MT. RAINIER AND MT. BAKER. SOMEWHAT LESS SNOW IS POSSIBLE IN THE MAIN MOUNTAIN PASSES, STEVENS AND SNOQUALMIE. HOWEVER THIS WILL BE A SNOWY PERIOD AND OVER A FOOTOF SNOW COULD FALL IN THE PASSES AS WELL.

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18
Dec

Get ready for a powder weekend: Western Washington ski resorts are leading the nation in snowfall today and Mt. Baker continues to top all with the deepest snow base in N. America. Check out our snowfall totals and see you out there:

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17
Dec

Take a little look at the lift served action as seen last weekend through the POV lens of Carl Simpson at Crystal Mountain Resort. With the current storm rolling towards the Cascades, this weekend should even be better. Get out and get some!

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16
Dec

Jack Taylor finding the white room

Last Saturday (12/12/15), The Summit at Snoqualmie added another base area to the mix, Summit Central. Although it wasn’t the banger opening we’ve shown in past years, it still was quite nice, finding a fair amount of untracked powder. I met up with a couple of Snow Troopers (Jerad Merbs and Jack Taylor) to help me hunt for a little fresh, in between the groomers, off of the Central Express. With the big storm that is currently rolling into WA, my guess is the management will have the mountain 100% open (from Alpental to the Nordic Center) for the Christmas holiday. Think big SNOW!


below is a short edit of a little of what we skied this past weekend.

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