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Some recent footage courtesy of ShrEd McHugh and Mii Productions:
We are a little over a month away from the start of our operating season and thanks to all the recent stormy weather the snowpack is looking good. While it may not sound that impressive given the underwhelming amount of snow we had last year, there is already more snow at Washington Pass (80+ inches at elevation 5,400′) right now then there was at any time last season!
Well, it has been a strange, stressful and sad time here in the Methow Valley the last few weeks due to the impacts of wildfires. The loss of three firefighters in the Twisp River area two weeks ago has been difficult to absorb and accept, especially the death of 20-year-old Tom Zbyszewzki, who grew up here and was a great kid with so much potential. His mother, Jennifer, the recreation and outfitter supervisor at our local USFS district, has worked for many years with North Cascade Heli. Words fail to properly convey our shock and grief due to this tragic incident. On behalf of everyone at NCH, we humbly extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the fallen.
With a fairly dramatic change in the weather recently, autumn is in the air, a far better scenario than that of haze and smoke. Storms have brought some rain to the region as well as a light dusting of snow at the higher elevations. We hope that you will have the opportunity to visit the Methow and enjoy the pleasant conditions typically found here in September and October.
Looking ahead to better days, the recent cooler temperatures are a reminder that the winter season is coming soon. We hope you will be joining us here at the end of the road. Until then, take care and appreciate each day as much as possible.
It has been a beautiful spring here in the Methow Valley as we transition into summer. Hopefully things will be a bit quieter and subdued with the wildfire situation this time around, especially with the low snowpack scenario for much of the state.
Maybe it is because we didn’t get in as much powder skiing last winter like we normally like to experience that we are already looking forward to next winter. Crazy, huh? But you are probably like us, and many of guests, and skiing or riding untracked powder in the resplendent North Cascades with friends and family is not something you dream about, but that you expect and look forward to each year.
Well, it is time to start planning and book your trip. Give us call, or shoot us an email. We are in and out of the office during the summer months, but we will respond quickly and help you get lined up for another session of fun and adventure in the North Cascades.
The stoke has been high at the heli-barn as skiers and riders have been enjoying spectacularly classic North Cascades views and descents. For the apparent disaster of a winter the Northwest has presumably endured, guests have been shredding pow and corn, as well as some other snow sliding surfaces, with joy, spirit and determination.
We are continually impressed with everyone’s upbeat attitudes despite some challenging conditions, but guess what?… The skiing and riding has been pretty darn fun!
If this is what a bad winter is like, we’ll take it!
Silver Star Mountain. (Photo courtesy of Jason Paulsen).
While other parts of the Northwest are sorely lacking snow, the high country near the Methow Valley survived last week’s pineapple punch, and the snowpack is looking pretty good, all things considered. Fortunately for everyone, there is snow in the forecast all this week and beyond with the solstice approaching and the official start of winter.
Yahoo! Bring it on, old man winter!
With the summer heat not far away, it’s time to start thinking about making some epic turns next season with good friends. As much our experience is about the flying, the mountains, the cold smoke, driving the legs and forgetting about work and worries, adventure in the North Cascades is a lot about being with your crew, experiencing ultimate moments together, and creating memories for a lifetime.
We are in and out of the office throughout the summer here in this spectacular Methow valley, but please contact us soon so we can start pulling together a trip for your powder posse.
(Photo courtesy: John Forsen)