Archive for November, 2009

Stormy weather

Friday, November 20th, 2009

…. It’s always on our minds.

The storms keep pounding the North Cascades. Snow depths at pass levels have surpassed 50″ and continue to build. Here is some winter teaser footage from the Barron Yurt a week ago before another system rolled in.

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Barron 11-2009

It’s on!

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Storm after storm is coming on through and that’s the way we like it. To satisfy our cravings, we took a quick tour up to Heather Pass (not far from runs like the Lyall Glacier, Black Peak and Top Ramen) and thought we would share the pics and the turns. While we won’t have the heli until early January, we’re excited to see the resorts opening and people getting stoked for the 2010 season.


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Select weekend single day programs available

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Wow. The pow train has started rolling for this season already and we’re getting stoked.

Due to some scheduling changes, we are now taking bookings for groups of 4 for single day programs on Sunday, January 24 and on Sunday, February 21st. Please call or email ( the office if you are interested in these dates.

Snow and more snow, office hours

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Well, our friend Larry Schick was right- this was quite a epic weekend of snowfall that has carried through today so far. There is over 3′ at Washington Pass and skied pretty well if you were fortunate enough to get up there on Saturday before the DOT closed the pass (hopefully not for the season just yet). More snow on its way.

We’re back in the office M-W-F from 9-3 or 4, but always check email outside of scheduled office hours. We’ll get back to you just as soon as we can!

Powder in the Forecast

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

This just in from Larry Schick- the Grand Poobah of Pow at

He’s usually right on, so here’s to a great base building storm.

NOVEMBER 5, 2009

Powder Alert
Issued Thursday a.m.
This is it! I am declaring the 2009 – 2010 snow season has begun.
( last week’s snow had a partial melt off)

A series of weather systems will be moving through in the next week with generally low snow levels and accumulating snow in the Cascades.
Later today, the precipitation will increase with a snow level of 7000ft for about 8-12 hours , then lowering to 3000ft early Friday.

Moist , cool northwesterly flow will be consistent over the weekend for further accumulation with a SL of 2500-3500ft. Sunday may dry out for a bit. Monday the SL will bounce up for 6-12hrs to 4500ft then back down to 3500 ft for the rest of the week, as more snow increases again, then decreases later in the week.

It probably won’t be enough to open, but it’s a good start. I’d say more than 3-6″ above 3000-4000ft and greater than 12-15″ above 4000ft in the next 5-7 days.

Powder days ahead….


Doc Pow

NCH Annouces Three Day Heli-assisted Touring Program

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

This season we are offering a first-ever, three-day ski touring program. Plan a quality trip to the valley with time to really experience back-to-back days of touring and turning in some prime alpine terrain. Here’s the rundown: Take-off early, get a run in right off the bat, tour the rest of the day for turns or adventure, or both! At the end of the day, it’s back to the heli-barn, perhaps a soak, then on to a good meal at the Inn. Repeat two more times. Sounds pretty good, eh? Our introductory cost for the three-day backcountry tour program is $950. This is a savings of $150 from the normal daily rate for 3 days. The best way to book this trip is to find 3 other back country aficionados and give us a call, although we may be able to match you up with other folks who express interest in this program.

Sign up, and this could be you.

Heli-assisted touring in the Silverstar area

Heli-assisted touring in the Silverstar area

NCH Bird of Choice for 2010, Eurocopter AS350 B3Astar

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

This season we will be partnering with JR Heli in Yakima, Washington and are pleased to announce that we’ll be flying a B3 this year. While similar in its configuration to the B2′s we have flown for many of the past seasons, the B3 comes with more power and extra speed. Seamus O’Daimhin will again be at the stick this winter, but expect to see some flying by Kent Jura from JR Heli.

That’s one sweet looking magic carpet ride!

The 2010 bird

The 2010 bird