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Nov
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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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13
Nov
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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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09
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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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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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30
Oct

This just in: Superintendent Randy King advises that Mount Rainier National Park has begun preparations for a significant weather event that is expected this weekend. Visitor access will be impacted and evacuations could become necessary. Current weather models are predicting 12″-15″ of rain to fall in the park over the next 48 hours, with snow at higher elevations. This event is expected to produce high precipitation and high winds throughout the park. All park rivers are expected to reach near flood stage, with potential for debris flows associated with glaciers. Power outages may also occur throughout the park and emergency services may be significantly delayed. Travel in the park is discouraged until the storm passes.

*As a result of the storm event, the following emergency closures are in effect (no driving, biking, or hiking) until further notice: Westside Road Sunrise and White River Campgroung Roads, closed at the junction with SR410 Carbon River Trail, entrance to Ipsut Creek Mowich Lake Road, beyond the Paul Peak vehicle barricade. Other park roads or areas may be closed as conditions warrant during or following the storm.
*Backcountry camping permits will not be issued through the weekend and camping in vehicles is not permitted in the park. Updates on road conditions and restrictions can be obtained by calling the park at 360-569-2211 for recorded information or subscribing to the park’s Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/MountRainierNPS. Information is also available through the park’s official website and Facebook at http://facebook.com/MountRainierNPS. Mount Rainier webcams can also be viewed at the main park website.
*Effective November 1, 2015, all vehicles (including 4WD) will again be required to carry tire chains when traveling the Nisqually Road to Paradise. Tire chains are available at the Summit House in Ashford and at the National Park Inn in Longmire. Road conditions can deteriorate quickly at any time and mandatory chain use may be required even for 4WD vehicles.


Any necessary changes to the operating hours of the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise and the Longmire Museum due to this weekend’s weather event will be updated as soon as possible (see information links below). The historic National Park Inn offers lodging, food, and gifts. For reservations or facility updates, call 360-569-2275 or visit www.mtrainierguestservices.com. Businesses in the gateway communities are also open throughout the fall and offer great get-away opportunities during the holiday period. Check these websites for contact information: www.visitrainier.com, www.mtrainierguestservices.com, www.minerallake.com, www.staycrystal.com, www.discoverlewiscounty.com, or www.destinationpackwood.com.

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30
Oct

**Update: WINTER STORM WATCH issued – see bottom of this post.**

Quick update to NOAA’s snow forecast below. Their outlook is now calling for massive snow accumulation of **at least 98 inches to well over 100 inches** (along with high winds) on Mt. Rainier at glacier levels (>7500 ft) by Monday a.m. But wait, this is NOT a call to action. In fact, we think it’d be safer to sit this one out for better viz and the snow to stabilize. We write about this because this weather’s about to trickle down to our ski areas. Surely, this gets everyone excited, especially our neighboring states with higher base elevation resorts.


Mt. Rainier >7500ft

As for us in WA, snow levels are forecast to fall to below 5000 ft starting tomorrow night so not only will the Paradise parking lot get snow but many of our local mountain passes and ski areas.


Mt. Rainier >below Paradise parking lot


Below is the forecast for Stevens Pass which reads similarly for other western WA’s ski areas at about this elevation. We hope this weather pattern repeats itself enough for WA ski areas to pin down opening dates. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the snow safety classes at NWAC and ProGuiding. Live to ski another day!


Stevens Pass

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE SAT. NIGHT THROUGH MON. MORNING…

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…MOUNT BAKER…HURRICANE RIDGE…PARADISE RANGER STATION…STEVENS PASS…WHITE PASS.

* TIMING…PRECIPITATION WILL TURN FROM RAIN TO SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS ABOVE ABOUT 4000 FT LATE SAT. NIGHT AS COLDER AIR ALOFT MOVES INTO THE REGION. SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY MON. MORNING.

* SNOW LEVEL…5000 FEET LATE SAT. NIGHT FALLING TO 4000 FEET SUN. INTO MON.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…4 TO 7 INCHES ON SUN. WITH ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES SUN. NIGHT INTO MON. MORNING ARE POSSIBLE.

* MAIN IMPACT…THIS WILL BE THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL OF THE SEASON FOR THE HIGHER WASHINGTON PASSES.

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