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Mt Bachelor Opens Cloudchaser

Mt Bachelor Opens CloudChaser Lift True to its namesake, the new Cloudchaser lift opened to a lifting veil of storm clouds this morning. Most of the east side of Mt. Bachelor was lit up for the opening ceremony, while all lifts west of Pine Marten, including Outback and Northwest, were left under a stormy shroud. This opening in the clouds… Read More

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Cascade Volcano Ski Conditions

Winter 15/16 has left the Northwest mountains with a good healthy snowpack this spring and, for those keen to continue their ski season, Cascade volcano ski conditions are at their prime. We’ve hit that magic point where access roads are clear and the snowpack is still robust. Warming days and cold nights deliver the best volcano ski conditions, so keep an eye… Read More

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Burnie Glacier Chalet

Burnie Glacier Chalet Spring is underway in the valleys, but the mountains still harbor a taste of winter and that’s exactly what I got while visiting the Burnie Glacier Chalet outside of Smithers, British Columbia at the end of March. Located in the Howson Range on the east slope of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, Burnie delivered cold snow in the alpine… Read More

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Powder Creek Lodge

In this winter of lackluster storms and roller coaster temps around the West, I have learned one lesson over and over: the mountains always deliver. A mid-March trip to Powder Creek Lodge on the west slope of British Columbia’s Purcell Range was a great example of this lesson. The snow gods had been fickle for almost two full months, and so… Read More

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North Cascades Ski Touring

The deepest snowpack in the Northwest this winter is in Washington’s North Cascades. I was lucky enough to catch a few bluebird days ski touring with North Cascade Heli and North Cascades Mountain Guides this month. We found some good snow hiding in the north-facing alpine reaches of the Washington Pass area. NC Heli offers a touring option where they… Read More

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Downing Mountain Lodge – early season update

We just got an update from John up at Downing Mountain Lodge above the Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. They got a decent snowpack building and have been out on skis. Here’s what John had to say . . . Last week’s Thanksgiving storm dumped a foot of powder on a solid base above 6500′ and we’ve been skiing settled powder since…. Read More

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Sol Mountain Lodge – early season report

We just got word (and photos!) from Aaron up at Sol Mountain Lodge that they enjoying a great start to the ski touring season. Here’s what he had to say … The lodge staff flew in on November 22 to prep the for the first trip of year. They arrived to a below average snowpack of only 125 cm at… Read More

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Cascade Volcano Skiing: Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens

It’s Cascade volcano skiing season, and we’ve been getting a number of inquiries regarding some of the more popular access roads for Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. Here’s what we know: Mt. Hood – North side Cloud Cap Road (FR 3512): Road is closed and gated at the bottom by the Tilly Jane trailhead (trail 600A). Closure… Read More

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Hankin Evelyn Backcountry Ski Area

Hankin Evelyn Backcountry Ski Area The idea of a dedicated backcountry ski area may sound like a contradiction of terms to many veteran backcountry users. But it’s a concept that has brought the backcountry ski community in Smithers, British Columbia together and launched a new concept in human powered skiing. The project is called Hankin-Evelyn and it revolves around creating… Read More

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12 Months Skiing in the Bag

The weather gods delivered October snow, so we seized the day and slipped out to seal the deal of 12 consecutive months of skiing for the fam. The weather wasn’t glorious, but the snow was soft, carvable and fresh. The quest for year-round skiing is not really all that difficult here in the Northwest. Just pick your nearest volcano and drag… Read More

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Summer skiing on Mt. Hood – July Turns

It’s been quite a few years since I motivated to ski 12 months of the year but having a couple of aspiring backcountry skiers in the family offers new inspiration. The family recently set out for some Summer Skiing on Mt. Hood. Turns are still easy pickin’ from the Timberline Lodge parking lodge, so we rallied up the climber’s trail and skinned… Read More

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Mt Hood in May

Following an unusually stormy week on Mount Hood, Saturday dawned foggy with 24-inches of new snow and a not-so-encouraging weather forecast. Knowing how fickle spring weather can be, and not having been on skis for a couple of weeks, a longstanding plan for a ski tour on Mt. Hood’s South Side was enough to trump the gloomy forecast. The gamble… Read More

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Ski Touring with Black Diamond

I’ve been on the road enjoying the March snow in the greater Northwest. Black Diamond Equipment hosted a crew of ski journalists up in the North Cascades to check out the latest Black Diamond backcountry skis. The crew ripped it up on the new Carbon Megawatt, Justice, Drift and the all new Revert. The Justice was my pick of the… Read More

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Hankin Evelyn Backcountry

I just returned from a trip to Smithers, BC to check out the Hankin Evelyn Backcountry Recreation Area. It’s a new concept in backcountry skiing – a dedicated backcountry ski tenure complete with a great day-use hut, gladed runs, an overnight cabin and lots of cool locals out skiing. The project is the work of many people from Smithers, BC,… Read More

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Moody Mt. Hood

Taking advantage of the curent high pressure system, I made it up for a climb on Mt. Hood yesterday. Moody Mt. Hood never fails to keep you guessing when it comes to snow conditions and weather. Despite the mild valley temps and a nearly cloudless sky, the summit of Mt. hood remained shrouded in cloud all morning, while sustained east… Read More

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