The West Ridge of Forbidden is one of the best climbs in the North Cascades. Check out this video shot last week by Chase Wallace. Conditions are prime right now!
This happened on Sunday December 6, 2015. Two skiers left the ski area near Corona Bowl planning to ski the backside of Stevens Pass. They realized how unstable the snow was and decided to try to find a low-angled exit. The terrain is quite complicated in this zone and they ended up triggering an avalanche that fully buried one of the skiers. Fortunately she was dug up in time with no major injuries. Be careful out there! It's going to take a little while for things to settle out.
Episode 2 on BDTV.
Skiing new terrain is one of the best things in the world. That is why we offer a new ski trip every winter, so our returning guests can continue to ski with us, but still enjoy the excitement of skiing new terrain. Since the guides and owners of NCMG are both skiers and beer drinkers we decided to call these new trips the "Rotating Tap". Each year we will offer a unique ski trip to a new zone. Just like a new beer at your favorite pub, you now have something new and exciting to look forward to every year.
Finding the balance......
In a mountain range stacked with classic alpine climbs, the West Ridge of Forbidden is definitely one of our favorite climbs in the North Cascades. Last week I headed out with a long-time client of mine, John Williams, to show him one of the best climbs in the Cascades. We have climbed quite a few classics over the years, most of the time with his wife Susan. The Matterhorn, Mount Rainier, Mount Shuksan are just a few of the fun climbs we've shared together.
After our great trip to the Bugaboos last year Leslie came back for some more climbing in Canada. This time we decided to head farther east into the Canadian Rockies and attempt Mount Assiniboine. Conditions had been dry most of the summer but right before our trip the mountain picked up a bunch of new snow. We were undeterred and were looking forward to the added challenge.
Wow! The skiing yesterday was amazing. We woke up in the morning with over a foot and half of new, low density snow outside the window. It's hard to put into words how fun the skiing was. Video does a better job but nothing beats the real thing. Our season is winding down here with the DOT planning to start plowing the road on March 31st.