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Mt. Rainier, WA – Return to Paradise 2

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Mt. Rainier (11/25/15), photo credit / Adam Roberts

Rain hit the Cascade resorts earlier this week, so Jeff Rich, Tara and Carl Simpson decided to get higher in the hills, which led them back to Paradise parking lot. The drive was worth it, as you will see in the vid below. They found roughly 6+ inches of pow on top of the ice, which a lot of you saw just a few days earlier (which will most likely become a problem, a little further into our season). The following day, they were joined by Adam Roberts and Jerad Merbs for another excellent day of skiing in the Park.


Below is a short edit, Carl Simpson put together of the 2 day pre-turkey powder fest.


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Mt. Rainier as seen from Crystal's bc, photo credit / TNT

This past Saturday (11/21/15), a handful of Snow Troopers Snow Troopers met up for Crystal Mountain’s opening day, to go search for a little untracked POW. With Carl Simpson leading the crew into his home stomping grounds, a great day of action was found! The snow is a little thin at the base area, but just up the mountain a bit, conditions changed a lot, which allowed for a lot of great early season lines. After a fun day in the bc, we found ourselves refueling and hydrating at the Snorting Elk (which is located by the main parking lot). Great food, good drinks and even better times reflecting on a great day at Crystal!


Below is a short recap of Saturday’s fun.


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skier/ Jerad Merbs, photo credit / Carl Simpson


Tara and Carl Simpson are quite happy to be slashing the pow finally at their home stomping grounds again, which adds a ton a time to their day on skis, rather than behind a windshield. Today and yesterday (11/19 & 11/20/15) was their season pre-opener which you’ll see in the vid below treated them (along with JeRAD Merbs) very well. I hope the vid puts stoke into your evening and gets you on the road, bright and early for Crystal Mountain’s first day loading lifts!


Below is Carl’s edit recapping yesterday and today’s action. See you on the mountain tomorrow!!!

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Nov
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skier/ Adam Roberts, photo credit / Jeff Rich

Mt Baker (aka the King of Snow) is opening up to the public this Thursday (11/19/15), but a gang of “Snow Troopers” had to head up this past Sun/Monday to make sure it was ready ;-) … GAME ON! For info on Mt. Baker’s day ticket/season passes click HERE.


Be sure to watch the edit Jeff Rich banged out from the epic pre-OPENER!


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15
Nov

This past week Jeff Rich and Rowan Stewart were able to get their first ski of new season at the home mountain, Stevens Pass. The lower mountain was still a little boney but the upper mountain was looking fine and dandy. On a side, I woke up this morning to a light dusting here at Hyak, WA (2,600′), with measurable snowfall expected tomorrow. However, the temps spike a little bit, to help give us a solid packed base ;-) then they drops back down Wednesday to give us more snow throughout the rest of the week. Think BIG SNOW!

 

Below is a short recap Jeff Rich put together of their first Stevens Pass “Yo Yo” cowboy pow ski day, on of Cowboy Mountain. Check it!


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Rowan Stewart slashing his way down the Nisqually Chute, photo credit/Carl Simpson


The PNW “Off Season” is winding down, as the snow levels are dropping down to all of gems that make up the “Cascade Crown” of ski resorts. Tara and Carl Simpson spent a few days up on Rainier earlier this week doing what they love… Slashing fresh snow, together! Thinking this might be the week where most of us will be able to start skiing in our own backyards, getting more skiing and less windshield time.


Think snow, and be sure to check out Carl’s sweet edit below!

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Nov


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Heading for Muir on 11/4/15


Chopped up a few other cameras of video taken last Wednesday during the “2015 Muir Vertfest”. Click the video below for a look at conditions just prior to this last system, which even landed a little snow on Snoqualmie Pass! Think Snow!



Below is another look at last week’s day on Rainier


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Nov


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Ben Starky, Saign Charlestein and Rowan Stewart making their way up through Paradise!


This last weather system, along with this past season, was too much for a couple hundred PNW “ski skinners” to NOT call it a SIC day. I met up with Adam to get a 9AM start to the day, but as we were driving into the Park we got word the gate wouldn’t open until 10AM (I would have liked that extra hour of sleep, starting my day from Snoqualmie Pass ;-) ). As we stood around the parking lot chatting and catching up with friends, we were amazed to see car after car roll into the lot, all with the same thing in mind (or kind of the same idea)… Ride fresh snow!


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A little catching up as we waited for the gate to open on 11/4/15

Once the gate opened, the charge uphill was on, and felt like it was a Vertfest event! The skiing was great and the sun was blazing down, until we left the snowfields, where a wall of thick fog meet us for the entire journey back to Paradise. Later that night as we were all eating dinner, I’d heard from another friend, who came out after sunset, that a lot of people were still on the mountain. YIKES, hope they had headlamps!



Below is a recap of this week, seen through the lens of Carl Simpson


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02
Nov
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Silas Wild brought a sweet little cake for our Oct. 27th ski day bbq

There are some troops heading out this morning, to go check out the goods that have fallen on Mt. Rainier over the past few days. Can’t wait to hear/see what they find a little later today up on the Muir Snowfield, hoping it’s much better than our “Skinnin’ from Paradise” trip, this past Tuesday. You may have seen Carl’s video, which he banged out the following day, but here are a few more cameras from that day all mashed up into a “Take 2″ version.


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01
Nov

Snow has blanketed nearly all of our mountain resorts – Mt. Baker reported receiving 5″ at Heather Meadows (webcam image below together with Crystal and Paradise).  And more is on the way: NOAA’s winter storm warning remains in effect for all our western Washington mountain passes until 11am pst Mon. with snow levels at 4000-4500 ft:

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS: MOUNT BAKER, HURRICANE RIDGE, PARADISE, STEVENS PASS, WHITE PASS, RAINY PASS, CHINOOK PASS.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS TODAY-TONIGHT: MOUNT BAKER: 7-13 INCHES. WHITE PASS: 4-8 INCHES. PARADISE: 13 TO 20 INCHES. STEVENS PASS: 2-8 INCHES. SNOQUALMIE PASS: NO ACCUMULATION. CHINOOK PASS: 5-10 INCHES. . HURRICANE RIDGE: 4-6 INCHES. RAINY PASS: 7-13 INCHES.

 

NOAA has also issued Winter Weather Warnings for the Sierra Nevada Range and Tahoe and forecasts snow to spread to the Rockies.

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