Ski season is knocking on the door. One thing you can do before the snow flies is get your avalanche beacon ready for service. Change the batteries, update the firmware and practice, practice, practice. Here's a great AMGA/OR video on how to do the morning beacon check before heading out into the backcountry.
Check out the skiing last week with North Cascade Heli. This was before the big storm. NCH is our "sister" company - where all of our ski guides work when not guiding for us and is run by Paul Butler, one of the NCMG owners.
We feel very fortunate to share this amazing terrain with NCH. If you haven't gotten a chance to explore the North Cascades at Washington Pass you are definitely missing out. It is a special place.
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......
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.
I know we keep talking about this storm but it has been impressive. I was able to get out on Friday near Stevens Pass, which has picked up over 12 feet of new snow during this storm. While the snowpack is a little unstable right now the backcountry skiing is totally amazing (if you pick the right terrain).