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Crystal Mtn., WA – POW Day, Take 2!

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20
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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19
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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16
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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15
May

Here’s a quick look at snow conditions on Alpental today. Lifts are closed for the season but plenty are still hiking up for spring turns. Coverage above the base area is still excellent. Base area (pictured below) has bare spots and run off but still easy to navigate around. Warms temps in the 70s today so surface was wet loose granular and a few inches deep in places (even around 6:30pm). Expect it to be firmer tomorrow as temps drop significantly.

 

Enjoy it while you can.

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13
May

 width= This past Mothers’ Day, I spent a long day out with Adam Roberts and Russell Cunningham on Mt. Shuksan. Beautiful mountain with a tremendous amount of elite level skiing. The target was for Adam and Russell to get the Curtis Headwall, but due to the super gnarly conditions May 11th (including potential for wet slides on unsupported, exposed slopes), we settled for long walk on the Arm to access the White Salmon. The long breath taking approach lead to some FAST wet granular snow skiing on the White Salmon, which was followed up with a brutally steep, bushwhack/scramble out of the valley floor.

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12
May

 width= Super long, beautiful, Spring skiing was found by Zack Jessel, Rory Robison, Andrew Berner,Tara and Carl Simpson this past week, off of Mt. Rainier’s Little Tahoma. Here’s a short video showing the good Spring fun to be had in the Cascades right now, and for weeks to come! Get out and get some and remember “Live to Ski Another Day!”

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10
May

The Barrett brothers get the goods at remote camp grizzly in Alaska’s Chugach. They report that, with 2 weeks of high pressure, north and west aspects were skiing beautifully with minimal avy danger –Sled served spring skiing at its finest. Thanks Cole for sharing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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08
May

 width= Here’s a short park edit from Tyler Tran’s last trip up to Vancouver’s Mt. Seymour… A fairly quick day get away, for the Bellingham, WA locs.

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07
May

A new climate change study was released this week: the Third National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Impacts in the United States. Of particular interest to the Snow Troopers are findings impacting our ski industry: the report cites studies by University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group (“CIG”) projecting that by 2025, we could be looking at a Snoqualmie Pass ski season lasting less than 3 months – YIKES:

 

“Snow model simulations show that average ski conditions at Snoqualmie Pass (Washington) ski area, whose base elevation is about 3000 ft, could change dramatically by 2025. The simulations suggest that the likelihood of opening by Dec. 1 could decline by 50%, average season length could decline by 28%, and the likelihood of rain when the ski area is open could increase by 25%. The changes in snow conditions by 2025 are less pronounced for Stevens Pass (Washington), whose base is at about 4050 ft. The simulations for Stevens Pass suggest that the likelihood of opening by Dec. 1 could decline by 25%, average season length could decline by 14%, and the likelihood of rain when the ski area is open could increase by 50%.”

 

In this article 49 Degrees North and Stevens Pass talk about how they’re making changes – like moving lifts higher – to survive climate change.  What will Snoqualmie Pass do? Only time will tell…As for backcountry skiing and riding in the spring and summer, well, here’s more from the CIG report: “About two-thirds of the glaciated area in the lower 48 states (174 out of 266 sq. miles) is in Washington. Although there are some exceptions, most Washington glaciers are in decline. Declines range from a 7% loss of average glacier area in the North Cascades (1958-1998) to a 49% decline in average area on Mt. Adams (1904-2006)….only 2 of the 12 North Cascades glaciers with annual measurements are expected to survive the current climate.”

 

 

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06
May

 width= Super fun trip edit, Tim Black sent over, of a recent trip to “Keith’s Hut” in Pemberton, BC, (4/25 thru 4/27/14) with Thomas and Tyler Tran. They spent the weekend dodging “Some Clouds”, but as you will see in the video below, they found the goods in the higher elevations. Check it!

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