Archive | October, 2008

Yeti Tracks in Nepal

I saw this tidbit in the news today and thought it deserved sharing: A team of Japanese adventurers say they have discovered footprints they believe were made by the legendary yeti, which is said to roam the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet. Full Story here 

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Cooks Meadow Trail crew - mountain bike trail work day

Trail building: It

    The sound of chainsaws echoed off the trees in the Mt. Hood National Forest this past weekend as locals stocked up on firewood. They were getting ready for winter, but I was with three dozen people preparing for spring.   We joined Jim Thornton, Barlow Ranger District Recreation Trails Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, to help build a new section… Read More

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Black Diamond Seeker Telemark Boot

Black Diamond Seeker Telemark Boot

A pair of the Black Diamond’s new Seeker tele boots arrived at the office last week. Ski conditions are a bit marginal right now, but I thought I would give a quick heads up on the boot before we get a chance to ski in it. First, we chose the Seeker over the Custom or the Push (BD’s four buckle boots… Read More

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Illumination Rock, Jeremy Rooper Photo

October Skiing on Mt .Hood

Well, Indian summer provided for an excellent weekend, but today the fall rains are back. Jeremy from the Mountain Shop in Portland managed to take advantage of the good weather last week and checked out the new snow on Mt. Hood. Here is what he had to say: Given the recent dustings of snow on the volcanoes, I went up to Mt… Read More

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Sol Mountain Lodge Fall 2008

Fall News and Update from the Monashees

Colorado kicked off the North American ski season today with both A-Basin and Loveland Pass firing up the chair-lifts.  Although skiing groomers on man-made snow is not really my idea of skiing, it does allow for making turns, and it is fun to think that skiing is getting closer.   We got word from Aaron up at Sol Mountain Lodge… Read More

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La Nina Delivers in the Northwest winter 0708

ENSO La Nina El Nino

Following last winter’s banner snow season for much of the western US and the predominant La Nina influence that presided over the winter, I frequently hear talk of La Nina and El Nino, and how it may or may not impact the quality of our upcoming snow season. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) released its ENSO forecast discussion on October 9. The CPC is calling… Read More

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Mt Alpenglow from the Alyeska Hostel in Girdwood, AK

photos from alaksa and mt hood

Tales of snow are rolling in from around the western states. This shot of Mt. Alpenglow from the Alyeska Hostel in Girdwood, AK takes the cake though. Jeremy from the hostel had this to say about life in Girdwood this week. Well, we got our first taste last night as the quarter size flakes started dropping at an official "dumping rate". We… Read More

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Off-Piste Issue XXXVIII - October 2008 - cover photo by Will Wissman

Off-Piste Issue 38

The first issue of the season ships next week. As usual, it includes our annual ski review in addition to a variety of other content including, Ask the PT, Demystifying ENSO, and an interview with the new manager and owners of Whitewater Ski Resort. If you have not subscribed or renewed your subscription yet, do it this week to ensure… Read More

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The Nordic Glacier above Sorcerer Lodge in the Selkirks

News from the Selkirks

A winter (or at least wet) weather pattern has pushed out our sunny fall weather here in Oregon for the time being. Snow levels are forecast to bounce between say five and seven thousand feet this coming week. Tannis up at Sorcerer Lodge in the Selkirks reports that the glaciers above the lodge have new snow on them and seem… Read More

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