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
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!
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!!!
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.
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:
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!
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.
Access to White Pass Resort on US12 in WA remains closed due to the three washouts that occurred last week. WSDOT has been working 24/7 to restore access. They hope to post an estimated timeline for reopening on the project page later this week. In the meantime, Mission Ridge and 49 Degrees North is honoring White Pass’ current season passholders as part of their 5 day free exchange program. Others offering to help out and share the stoke:
Steven’s Pass: FREE mid-week lift ticket for WP Season Passholders! Head to their Guest Services Desk, present your pass.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort: FREE SKIING to White Pass Season Passholders and Employees until the road is reopened and WP begins operating. Simply present your pass at Schweitzer’s Guest Services Counter to receive your lift ticket.
Mount Hood Meadows: Passholders – $29 open to close lift ticket with presentation of 15/16 season pass and valid ID. Employees – free skiing with valid employee ID and picture ID. Offer will be good through closure.
Leavenworth Ski Hill: White Pass Season Passholders and Employees get complimentary Nordic and Alpine skiing at the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club’s venues while White Pass is unable to operate. Present your 2015-16 White Pass season pass at any of the LWSC open ticket windows to receive a complimentary day-ticket.
WSDOT has cleared the roadway near the east tunnel (milepost 166) and access is restored on US 12 to the Rimrock Lake area. A hard closure remains on the east side at the upper Tieton Road, milepost 159. ONLY LOCAL RESIDENTS can access through the east side washout. No access from the west. Map below shows the washout at milepost 154, three miles east of White Pass and two washouts between mileposts 141 and 142 west of White Pass (larger image here.
A quick peek at the conditions from Mission Ridge, this past Sunday (12/13/15) as seen through the lens of our friend, Mike Rolfs. If you haven’t been to Mission Ridge before, you owe it to yourself to load up the crew for some great “down home” fun on a mountain that has terrain for EVERYONE!
The wait is finally over. Summit West is now open for the winter 2015/16 season and what a great opening day it was. Solid coverage, clearing skies, moderate temps, soft conditions…and according to weather forecasts, it’s about to get really fun this weekend as another storm rolls in. We could be looking at up to 16 inches by end of this weekend. Come visit Seattle’s closest resort – just a short drive and in the Snow Troopers’ backyard. Lifts at Summit West will run 9-4 all weekend. The Summit at Snoqualmie will make the call tomorrow a.m. on opening Summit Central and possibly other areas so check their site for updates. See you there and come back for video from today which is in the works. .
below is a short edit of the opener…