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May
Taking GPS depth measurements

WSDOT team hikes up to Artist Point with Mt. Shuksan in the background

The road to White River Campground in (and according to) Mt. Rainier National Park is scheduled to open tomorrow, May 30th at Noon. The campground itself remains closed until further notice. Next up could be Artist Point. This week, WSDOT began clearing that 2.7 mile stretch of the Mt. Baker Highway (SR 542) that ends at Artist Point. They are expecting it to take about a month – meaning a possible opening by July 1st (same date as last year’s opening as seen in video below with Hugo Harrison). Mt. Rainier National Park estimates Sunrise will open on July 3rd – meaning White River Campground will open at or before that date. Looks like there’s going to be a ton of choices for backcountry skiing and riding In Washington come July 4th weekend….Stay tuned.

 

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May

 width= The final video for our 2014 Washington Pass visit is finally finished… Hope you can take one more North Cascade Spring stoke!?!? This was our final day on the pass (5/16), and we went old school by hitting “Sally Portman’s Birthday Tour”, changing it up slightly, but keeping on track so we could get a little N.Cascade mogul skiing for our final descent back to the hairpin. ;-)

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May

 width= Sweet one from this past week up in the Cascade Pass, WA zone. Wishin’ I didn’t miss out on this one, but stoked so many cams were rolling to bring it to our computer screens. Below are some notes from Jeff Rich along with a sweet edit that he and Carl Simpson put together.

 

 

A group of us headed up to the Cascade Pass area for a few days, to take advantage of the nice weather. The tree that was blocking the road is now cleared and travel to the upper locked gate is no problem. The road above the gate is snow free within 1/3 mile of the Picnic/trail head area. Travel to the Pass is easy and straight forward. We opted for the short boot pack up the little head wall to the pass, but the north trending traverse is filled in nicely and was soft. We skied Sahale the first day with great snow all the way down to Doubtful lake. The following day, We headed down the Pelton Basin to ski some steeper lines, with the exception of a few others of our group that had such a great time on Sahale, the day prior, they just had to get her again. Our main objective was not in shape, but we had a great consolation prize of skiing from the top of Pelton Peak. Cascade Pass is Prime!


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May

 width= On our somewhat recent trip to Washington Pass, we had all sorts of cams rolling as BIG lines were slayed, capturing far too many clips for one vid. Not wanting to archive so many good clips, we decided to go for 3 vids. Well, that was looking good until, I chopped up “take 3″ and it looks like there will be one more fairly short video dropping in a couple dayz (“take 4 – Birthday Tour). That will wrap up our WA Pass adventures for this year, pushing us higher into the volcano zones for the upcoming Summer/Fall seasons. Also, if you like the kick ass photograph above, by Jason Hummel, then be sure to check out more of his art by giving his facebook page “Jason Hummel Photography” a like.

If you happened to miss either of the prior Kangaroo Hunts, be sure to click the one you missed (or want to get stoked watching again): “Take 1″, and “Take 2″.

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May

With more backcountry terrain becoming accessible in Washington on a daily basis now, you’ll want to check out the latest version of USGS’ free US Topo maps for WA. The update includes segments of the Pacific Crest and Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trails along with other improved layers. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail passes through the recently opened Chinook Pass and North Cascades Highway. In total, that trail covers a distance of 2,650 miles from California at the Mexico border, through Oregon and Washington, all the way up to the Canadian border. The PCT is one of the original National Scenic Trails established by Congress in the 1968 National Trails System Act and 54% of the trail lies within designated wilderness. Every year, the Snow Troopers see scores of hikers going through Snoqualmie Pass (a popular rest stop) as they attempt to complete the entire stretch of the PCT.  The Pacific Northwest Trail begins near the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park and travels more than 1,200 miles through Montana, Idaho, and Washington, including some of the most beautiful stretches of the North Cascades National Park complex, before reaching its western terminus at the Pacific Ocean near Cape Alava.


These new maps replace the first edition US Topo maps for Washington and are available for free download from The National Map and the USGS Map Locator & Downloader website. As with all US Topo map updates, the replaced maps will be added to the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection and are also available for download. Before heading out into the backcountry, remember to always pack a map and other “Essentials”. Live to ski another day!

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May

Chinook Pass, WA

Hooray for our WSDOT teams on getting Chinook Pass cleared in time to open tomorrow, May 23, 2014 at Noon for the Memorial Day weekend. The 5,430ft Chinook Pass summit is one of our favorites. Check out this video featuring WSDOT’s Avalanche Specialist, John Stimberis, and former Crystal Mountain’s King of the Hill, Andy DeVore, from a past opening day at Chinook Pass to see why. Study up on all the incredible terrain with the definitive guide by Martin Volken and his team at Pro Guiding Service: Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes Washington. Live to ski another day!

 

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May

 width= If you missed yesterday’s post for the “Kangaroo Hunt (take 1)”, then be sure to sneak a peek at the video HERE, right after you watch Carl Simpson’s version below, which I’ve dubbed Kangaroo Hunt (take 2). Also, be sure to keep a pulse on Jason Hummel’s wicked awesome photography (just like the amazing photo to the left), by giving his facebook page “Jason Hummel Photography” a like.

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May

 width= Epic week of sun and BIG mountain skiing took place up on Washington Pass May 12th – 16th. So much footage was captured by so many Snow Troopers, that my edit will be lagging a few dayz still. But in the mean time, check out this sweet teaser, Jeff Rich banged out (as fast as he bangs out massive vert) with no time wasted. Such an epic zone, and so happy to have made it up there this season. “Live To Ski Another Day!”

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May

 width= Here’s a quick conditions report from Silver Peak yesterday with Greg Ireton and his good pup Nash. The snow in the Central Cascades seems to be skiing much better than the North Cascades did this past week, so I am looking forward to some fun turns at Chinook in the upcoming dayz (oh yeah a little sun too).

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May

Cayuse Pass in Mt. Rainier National Park opens today at Noon. The stretch of road to be re-opened is between the gates on SR 410 just south of Crystal Mountain Boulevard and on SR 123 at the Mount Rainier National Park entrance.  The Cayuse Pass summit is located at the junction of State Routes 410 and 123. The 4,765 ft pass is about 5 miles west of the Chinook Pass which remains closed but WSDOT is working towards an opening on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. Check the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center seasonal statement before heading out. Be safe and live to ski another day.

 

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