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13
Jan

Corey Nugent, having fun close to home 😉

Wondering what kind of fun can be had after a two day blast of big POW and then the temps spike with a fair amount of precip!?! Corey Nugent, Mark Erickson and Chip Butler have figured it out and keeping it Ski IN and Towing out. Check out the super short clip below that Mark Erickson captured of Corey Nugent, yesterday (1/12/18).
 

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12
Jan

Short lineup on a reload morning.

This past Wednesday (1/11/18), we were finally rewarded with a nice reload of snow. The day kicked off at Alpental with a handful of riders (as it was a sleeper day, for SURE), then refueled and headed for Summit West, to catch the first round of Washington States DEEPEST untracked, Lift served, powder, night skiing! Got a few laps in, then ran into my friend M.E. for a few more. Get those good times when you can, as it can change quite quickly here in the Cascades.
 

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11
Jan

Short lineup on a reload morning.

This past Wednesday (1/11/18), was our first good snow after the frozen rain event that put blue ice all over Alpental. To my surprise, there were only a handful of riders in the lineup. The 6-8″ of fresh snow skied far better than I’d expected, we had a nice transition the afternoon before as the rain turned to snow. Take a look at some of the fun from yesterday, while we reflect on the AMAZING day we had today.
 

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31
Dec

Above the clouds on Granite Mountain.

On December 26th 2017 Andrew, Tyler, Thomas, Tristain, and Stefan skied from the Granite Mt. Trailhead to Alpental. We followed the Pratt River trail aways before turning uphill to pt 5566 to the NW of Granite. From there we skied down the NE shoulder and got ourselves into a spicy spine zone that would have been epic with better snow. A lurking crust layer led us to all billy goat down the steeps except for tyler who sent it first and took a good tumble.
 

The route.

A short ski from there brought us to the Tuscohatchie Lake where we climbed the SW face of Low mountain. What looked like maybe passable trees quickly became too steep to skin. Tyler found us a way up a nice chute to higher ground where we were able to make some steep switchbacks to the summit.
 

Looking down into Denny creek from the summit at 3 pm we couldn’t see our whole line because of a thick cloud filling the valley. We rolled the dice and hoped the couloir fall line from the summit had enough snow and pointed our skis downhill. The couloir turned out to be awesome with fun features the whole way down to the valley floor.

Originally we had planned to skin to the Bryant Col and ski the Bryant Couloir, but we spied a skin track leading up to Great Scott Bowl. With little daylight left we happily opted to take the already broken trail. We finished the day with a headlamp ski down through the alpental backcountry at 5 PM and then headed to the Dru Bru to celebrate.
 

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21
Dec

Here’s a fun one Michelle Tanz edited up for our enjoyment. The trip was in the Baker zone for a summit of Mt. Sefrit (12/6/17) With Andrew Eckels, Jacob Mandell and Tyler Tran.
 

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16
Dec

By the way this one looks, Jacob Mandell and Andrew Eckels had fun in the Sun / high pressure this past Wednesday (12/12/17). Below are a few words from Jacob along with his edit… Enjoy!
 

Andrew and I (jacob) wandered out to a rarely traveled winter destination in the North Cascades. With high pressure and drivable roads, we decided to check out the north slopes of Granite Mountain up Ruth Creek. The approach from the Hannagen Pass trailhead involved some skinning, ski carries, hiking through steep snow free forest and lots of boot packing. When we reached the summit we were staring at a awesome looking chute right off the summit, without knowing if it would go, Andrew went to check it out. After a quick scope the chute tightened into a beautiful rock hallway leading into a big apron. A few more chocks lead us all the way into the Middle Fork Silesia Drainage. A mellow skin to the col gave way to an excellent proto-corn sunset lap, that turned into tight alder bushwhack skiing (classic cascades). An adventurous day in the mountains with powder and cornish snow in the same day!
 

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09
Dec

Goods Woods, always having a fun, especially when he’s waist deep in POW!!! 🙂

Right as I was wrapping up two more great openings, this timee at Alpental and Summit Central, Jacob Mandell banged out this sweet edit of a superb day at the end of Hwy 542 that he spent with Woods on 12/5/17. As you’ll see, it was banger up in the North Cascades this past week!!! No new for a week, but it has preserved nicely.
 

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01
Dec

Summit at Snoqualmie has given the green light to open Summit West tomorrow! This open comes apx 5 days before the average opening of Dec. 7th. Below is a fun opening were we captured some fun (along with a little West bc 😉 )

This video features Shaun Maurer ,an Alpental Legend who will be there with us in spirt tomorrow. He loved it Steep & Deep, but he had fun on any snow covered slope.

Below is another opening from back in 2010, Featuring Shaun Maurer and Karter Riach.

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25
Nov

My very good friend, Obadiah Ehly, sent this sweet video over this Summer and I somehow let it slip through the cracks. Now that I am wrapping up my holiday weekend with my family over here in Sandpoint, ID, I can’t help to think of Obadiah, as he was born and raised in 7B calling Schweitzer his home for skiing and MTBing. The video has some really nice shots, well worth turning off the College football game for 5 mins. 🙂

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23
Nov

Mt. Goods Woods, getting after the early season lines.

Happy Thanksgiving, Snow Troopers!!! We hope your day is perfect, and if you’re just hanging with the fam, be sure to gather around and check out this fun one. Andrew, Tyler, Michelle, and Woods got out in early November (11/10/17) before the faucet really turned on to find several couloirs with just enough snow to work. A long walk and some shenanigans in the baker area paid off delivering some of the best lines we’ve ever skied in November.
 

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