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The Wild West

Winter has gone from zero to sixty in a matter of days here in the west. Avalanche fatalities are in the headlines everywhere. Even inbounds, resort based terrain is getting hit hard with avalanche activity – whistler – jackson – jacksonII – telluride. It is shaping up to be a year of sensative snowpacks accross much of the west including the often relatively… Read More

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Hood River Valey

Don’t Leave Good Snow to find Good Snow

  Like Grandma always said, "Don’t leave good snow to find good snow".  Following Grandma’s advice we headed up the local hills for some more turns. The snow pack is settling a bit, but the skiing remains remarkable. It is snowing again today . . .    

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Buried

Buried

Well, ten days ago we had no snow. Today, we have two to three feet in town depending on where you are. Hood has been hammerd with over five feet in four days. The touring in the high country has not been so great given the amount of new snow. Hazard is high, trail breaking difficult at best. The return… Read More

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snowroad001

Snow, Avalanche Incidents, Backcountry ski report

Old man winter is currently making his presence known around the country. Along with double digit snow totals in the mountains comes news of the season’s first avalanche deaths.┬áSad news at any point in the season, the current reports offer a clear indication of current consitions in parts of the western states. you can read more about the incidents from… Read More

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Paul Butler frees his heel on Harts Pass, WA - larry Goldie Photo

Skiing – Schwag

Larry Goldie from North Cascades Mountain Guides just sent me a couple pics of skiing up near Slate Peak in the North Cascades. He and Paul Butler from North Cascade Heli headed up for an early season tour on some lightweight  XCD gear. Larry reports that it was thin but skiable and that it felt good to drop the knee on… 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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the view from the dome, Mount St. Helens, Mt Rainier, Mt. Adams

A day on the Snow Dome

The North side of Mt Hood continues to hold good skiing. My buddy Dave and I made it out for a Snow Dome tour last week and the snow was perfect. Sitting in the middle of Hood’s north side, the Snow Dome is favorite summer ski tour, but by late July it is often less than ideal. Well, this year… Read More

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Mt Adams and the SW Chutes - J Rooper Photo

Mt Adams SW Chutes Ski

Well, just before the Cold Springs fire closed access to Mt Adams’ south side, our buddy Jeremy Rooper from the Mountain Shop in Portland, OR skied the classic SW chute route on Mt Adams. In his 24 hour jaunt he managed to scoot into the Adams Glacier for a look too. Here is what he has to say about conditions… Read More

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Mt Hood South Side Climb

Mt Hood Summit Ski

With spring/summer finally kicking into high gear here it has been a couple weeks since I have skied, but yesterday I made it out for some corn on Mt Hood. Larry Goldie from North Cascades Mountain Guides was visiting so I figured he should add Mt Hood to his quiver of summits. We opted for the easy access south side route given our short window… Read More

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Day 1 - Bruce Edgerly and Larry Goldie heading for Poster Peak

Skiing in the North Cascades with BCA

  I spent last weekend with up at Washington Pass in the North Cascades with Bruce Edgerly and Steve Christie from Backcountry Access, the folks behind the Tracker beacon and a variety of other fine ski touring gear. I’m happy to report that the skiing was springlike and the snowpack is as good as it gets for this time of year. We… Read More

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Solden, Italy - the heart of the Ortler region

Skiing in the The Ortler Region, Italy

  I recently returned from a seven day hut trip in Italy through the Ortler region with our friends from North Cascades Mountain Guides. Touring between huts in Europe is much different than any North American equivilant. The rich history of the mountains and the level of comfort offered in the Ortler region huts is unmatched – even in Europe. From esspresso to… Read More

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North Cascades

North Cascades

I just returned froma little skiing up in the North Cascades and i am happy to report that winter is still in full swing in the mountains. It may feel like spring here in th valley but upper elevations are still producing good winter skiing. We toured a couple days with Larry Goldie of North Cascades Mountain Guides and even spent… Read More

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Sol Mountain Lodge, Monashees BC

Sol Mountain, The Monashees

I spent the Holidays up in the Monashees at Sol Mountain Lodge. It was my third year of trips to Sol in December. These guys seem to have a super reliable early season snowpack. The snow at the lodge measured three meters when we arrived and it snowed every day we were there. Aside from from the trail breaking issues… Read More

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The Monashees

I have been out of the computer loop for 10 days and what a great ten days it was. Santa smiled on our crew up at Sol Mountain Lodge in British Columbia’s Monashee Range. For the third year running, Sol Mountain has served up some fine December powder skiing. We measured the snowpack at over 3 meters when we arrived… Read More

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Sol Mountain Lodge October 2007

Monashee Update

Aaron and the folks up at Sol Mountain Touring in the Monashees sent us a couple images of a recent trip up to the lodge to finish a few projects on the hut maintenance list. Unfortunately for the project list, it snowed heavily while they were up at the lodge. The good news is that they actually got some skiing… Read More

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