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Sol Mountain Report

Although I am sitting in the office and would rather not know how good the skiing is everywhere, we have been receiving a variety of vids highlighting the November skiing around the western states and Canada. Aaron Cooperman, Sol Mountain Lodge co-owner and ACMG Ski Guide, just sent us this short clip of skiing up in British Columbia’s Monashee Range… Read More

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Skiing in October

Well, I wish I could say I was with these guys for what looks to have been an excellent day of skiing last week, but alas, I will have to live vicoriously through their vid. Our pals at North Cascades Mountain Guides had a great day up on Mt Baker on October 13. October skiing is normally a bit of… Read More

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Mt. Hood Snow Dome Summer Ski

Fresh brewed coffee in hand, I sat on the deck at Cloup Cap – the morning light illuminating Mt. Hood. Taking in the glow of the mountain, I slipped into my ski boots for the first time in almost two months this weekend. The usual razzing about why my pack was so small, and whether I needed help getting my… Read More

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Washington Pass Opens

The North Cascades Highway is scheduled to open today, Wednesday May 25, at noon (WA DOT website updates here). The road offers access to some of the best roadside attraction skiing in the lower 48. Classic ski tours such as the Birthday Tour, Easy Pass and Cutthroat Basin are all accessed from the Washington Pass area.  This year’s late opening… Read More

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Snow keeps falling

Winter is hanging on in the mountains. Mt. Hood continues to be in the storm path, and I just returned from a winter-like week of touring up at Powder Creek Lodge in central British Columbia. April in the mountains can serve up quite the variety pack of weather, but Powder Creek lived up to its name last week as Ullr… Read More

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Viva La Nina! March Powder Skiing.

March is roaring in like a lion here in the Northwest! The powder skiing is the best we have had all season. I just spent the week up in the North Cascades with the crew at North Cascade Heli and North Cascades Mountain Guides. I am not sure what I did to deserve it, but we hit the storm cycle… Read More

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Winter is back in force in the Northwest

Winter has returned to the Northwest. A fickle La Nina has not deliverd the epic winter that everyone was hoping for, but the past week has seen a major turn around in snow conditions here in the Northwest. The current forecast for Mt Hood calls for 2.5 inches of water equivalent in the next two days. The National Weather Service… Read More

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Wasatch Follow up

A week or so back I posted a clip of some rather uncharacteristic conditions in the Wasatch. There was a fair bit of disbelief that the clip was truly shot in the Wasatch. It was in fact shot up in the Maybird Creek area of Little Cottonwood Canyon. To be fair, we also found some decent snow the same day…. Read More

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Mount Carlyle Lodge

I should be writing up the interesting gear from the trade show, but instead I am learning how to process video off a GoPro Hero HD Cam. I have had the GoPro Cam on a couple of trips so far, but I have just taken the time to process the video.  Pretty nice little cam. Llittle being the key word,… Read More

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Utah report

Utah report

Northwest-based skiers see a wide variety of conditions over the course of a season, and  Northwest snow quality is often the butt of jokes for skiers from the Rockies and the Wasatch. Well, a recent trip to Utah offered some interesting snow conditions in the Wasatch backcountry . . .

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backcountry powder skiing

British Columbia Powder Skiing

‘Tis the season for powder skiing and we’ve been out making the best of it in British Columbia and Utah. Below is a quick slideshow of some of the powder skiing to had last week up at the Mt. Carlyle Lodge in British Columbia’s Kootenay range near Nelson, BC. Lodge owner, Brian Cross, hosted our crew for a little Kootenay style white gold… Read More

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New Year’s Day Dawn Patrol

In keeping with a tradition of sorts, I managed to rally for a dawn patrol session up on Hood to start the new year right. Conditions on Hood are exceptionally good right now, cold snow and cold temps. I could rant about the existing skin tracks, but in an effort to greet the new year right, I will save my… Read More

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The Monashees Deliver

La Nina may not be famous for delivering the early season goods to Interior British Columbia’s prime powder playgrounds, but the Southern Monashees did not dissapoint last week. I have been up to Sol Mountain Lodge a handful of times in mid and late December, and once again, their snowpack proved to be in prime shape for skiing. What a… Read More

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Monashee Powder Skiing Helmet Cam Action

Monashee Powder Skiing Helmet Cam Action

We had a avariety of helmet cams rolling while up at Sol Mountain Lodge. Here is some footage that Jeff Ward, IFMGA guide and North Cascades Mountain Guides partner, shot with his Tachyon helment cam. More to come from VIO and GoPro.

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Contagious Enthusiasm

With the first significant snowfall each season come the phone calls, emails and photos of many a friend who has made it out for their first turns of the season. Given my  role as the publisher and editor of Off-Piste Mag, the barrage of first turn tales is inescapable and helps fuel the fire for the season to come. Personally,… Read More

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