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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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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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Backcountry Skiing

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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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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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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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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June on Mt Hood

June on Mt Hood

In classic Junuary fashion, old man winter has been slow in leaving this year. June is often a little colder and wetter than it seems like it should be, but this year has been even cooler than normal. Given the unstable weather, I have not been too inspired to get out skiing, but as a member of the Hood River… Read More

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May Ski Photos from Mt Hood

I have been testing  AT boots from Scarpa, Dynafit, and Garmont this spring as well as new XCD skis from Rossignol and Madshus. May has offered a bit of a bonus season here in the northwest, but it appears we are now headed for a more classic spring cycle of corn and sun. Here are a few shots of some… Read More

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May Powder Skiing - The Bonus Season

May Powder Skiing – The Bonus Season

Winter knocked on the door here in the Northwest last week. Incredible conditions were had throughout the Cascades. I made it out around Hood for several days of skiing and here are a couple of reports from  Central and North Cascades that saw winter-like conditions as well.  North Cascade Mountain Guides Cinco de Pow report. Don Pattison and friends made… Read More

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Powder Creek Lodge Trip Report

Winter is making a late season push here in the Northwest. Double digit snowfall totals at Mt. Hood were the norm last week with more on the way this week, and this is all on the heels of my return from a backcountry hut trip to Powder Creek Lodge in British Columbia. Not sure what I did to deserve it, but… Read More

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Buried Surface hoar avalanche activity

Anyone who has been out touring recently in British Columbia, and  some western US locations too,  might be interested in checking out this gallery of avalanche activity. Incredible how low angle a lot of these are and how many look like pretty reasonable ski terrain… buried surface hoar avalanche gallery

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