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29
Apr

Fresh tracks, sun and warming temps -that hit 60s today up at Snoqualmie Pass, WA- had us thinking that spring doesn’t get much better than this. TNT, Eric Roose and I tested out the conditions in some safe zones (while we decide on some bigger trips for rest of week) – frontside at the Summit at Snoqualmie’s Central area and old growth trees and lower angles terrain in the backcountry all skied amazingly well – soft and creamy. Last lap had us back at our cars a bit after 7pm – by then the snow was slightly faster, denser but still soft. Remember to keep it safe – around 2ft of snow fell this past week and NW Avalanche Center has raised the avalanche warning to HIGH for “very dangerous avalanche conditions” below and above treeline. We spotted several fractures, slides and sloughing on steep, open bowls and unsupported slopes in the backcountry as well as hip high pin wheels. Live to ski another day!

 

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27
Apr

 width=I missed out on all of the action last weekend at Crystal Mountain, but our bro Carl Simpson didn’t. He had a pov or handheld cam rolling for bits and pieces of the “Triple Crown” & “The King and Queen of the Hill” freeride competitions along with the very popular “Bikini Downhill”. It wasn’t too bad of a PNW weekend for inbounds riding, especially with the 8+ inches the Cascades received since last night. I wasn’t able to track down the results for the freeride comps yet, but will post them up as soon as I get hold of them.

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27
Apr

Winter weather continues here in Washington state. Hard to believe May begins this week with snow levels hanging at a low 3000 ft. Our record amounts of April showers is producing tons of NEW SNOW. Stevens Pass, WA is looking at a possible 10″ falling this afternoon into evening. The rest of the West slopes of the Central Cascade Mountains including Snoqualmie Pass could get up to another 11″ total by the end of today. Add that to the 19″ the top of Alpental received this past week and we’re looking at (cold) smokin’ conditions. Next stop, Rockies – our friends in UT, MT, WY, CO should get a good blast. Enjoy the extended deep pow, spring skiing and riding wherever you are.

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Apr

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Quick post from a couple dayz at Crystal this past week with Rory Robison, David O’Donnell, Tara and Carl Simpson, before I get out this Saturday morning to see what the grip of new Spring snow is skiing like at the home mountain of Alpental. I’m sure Tara and Carl are probably doing the same thing, right now at Crystal. Have an AWESOME Saturday Snow Troopers! :-) photo credit- Carl Simpson

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25
Apr

Many Northwest resorts received snow this week – lots of it. The top of Alpental at the Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington received a whopping 19″ this week bringing the total snow base to 187″! Alpental remains at the top of the list of the nation’s ski resorts with the deepest snow base, followed by neighboring resorts here and in Oregon. Most ski resorts are closed now so if you want to keep skiing and riding in May and through spring and summer, check the list below. Here in the Pacific NW, there will be at least one lift running all summer at Timberline, OR. Beyond the lift served areas, WA’s deep snow base and glaciers will offer something for the ski touring/splitboarding crowd all summer long.

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23
Apr

 width=Here’s a great late season powder day, Tim Black and Thomas Tran captured last Friday (4/18/2014) in the Mt. Baker backcountry. The snow keeps on falling, even in the lower elevations, so our Spring/Summer season is looking quite good!

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22
Apr

Good new for Earth Day 2014 here in WA: Snow levels have dropped to ~3000′ and it’s SNOWING at Snoqualmie Pass.That zone is forecast to receive up to 10″ by tomorrow. But that’s just a third of what’s forecast for up at Paradise (5400′ elevation) in Mt. Rainier National Park – they are looking at up to 30″ of freshies this week. It’s no wonder Paradise is known as the snowiest place on earth (that is, of all places where snow depths are monitored). With our 14hr days, backcountry tours are getting bigger and better. Be sure you’re prepared. If you’re in our zone, check out gear, classes and guided trips at Pro Guiding Services of N. Bend. Live to ski another day!

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21
Apr

 width=A ski touring fan I met in the parking lot of Summit East ski area, about a month ago, brought to my attention a couple “for sale” signs (hanging in the windows facing the lots). I have grown to NOT notice the signs (having seen them checkered across the windows for years), only the new faces when they change ownership. I wanted to bring this to light, seeing these units turn over and over, but never to a friend in the “year round” BIG mountain ski touring world (like the person in the lot – who seemed interesed?). Another note about Summit East, it only operates on the weekends, making it a great place for the quick 1,000′ vert walk/ski, like so many of my friends drive up from the city to do in carpool mode… Why not condopool mode it, so I have a rotating “condo door” of touring partners. Especially right NOW, when the getting is getting real good in the high country. Be sure to PM us here on the site or our fb page if you are serious about more info on places for sale on Snoqualmie Pass, WA. Oh yeah, another selling point, besides the great Spring ski touring, is that Alpental is still open on weekends, typically ’til Cino de Mayo, with the deepest snowpack in N. America ( the terrain is not to bad either ;-) )

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Apr

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4/20/2014, will be a very good memory for this Snow Trooper. 1st, an Easter Sunday that was filled with a lot of sun, followed by filtered sun for the final lift served hours on N. America’s #1 deepest snowpack (not to mention the most “LIFT SERVED” sidecountry too). 2nd, the protected 18” of fresh snow found in the back bowls, far exceeded my expectations, so I took the short walk up to Pineapple pass. Giving me a little more late season powder skiing, with only 4 other skiers in Great Scott Bowl wrapping up the very fine day.


So, wondering where to ski and who has the snowpack?
1. Alpental, WA – 179” @ 5,420’, open weekends & Cinco de Mayo
2. Stevens Pass, WA – 149” @ 5,845’, open weekends ‘til 4/27
3. Timberline, OR – 147” @ 6,000’, open daily
4. Mt. Bachelor, OR – 146” @ 7,300’, open daily -TBD
5. White Pass, WA – 145” @ 6,550’, open weekends ‘til 5/4
6. Grand Targhee, WY – 134” @ 7,860’, open weekends ‘til 4/27
7. Crystal Mtn., WA – 120” @ 6,230’, open weekends ‘til mid May, TBD
8. Mt. Hood Meadows, OR – 109” @ 5,250’, open daily thru 4/27
9. Snowbird, UT – 99” open daily thru TBD
10. Alta, UT – 99” – open weekends ‘til 5/4


Below is an ultra short vid of the day…

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19
Apr

 width=This past Friday (4/18/2014), Jeff Rich and Chris Olsen enjoyed an awesome ski day on Mount Pilchuck, with not another one or two plankin’ living soul for miles and miles. Mount Pilchuck is a peak found off the “Mountain Loop Highway”, about 60 miles NE of Seattle. On a clear day it offers epic views from the “old fire lookout”, which now can be a welcomed skier or hiker shelter on a not so perfect PNW outing. Be sure to check out the short video Jeff put together of their day on Ole Pilly.

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