Archive for January, 2010

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Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Blue bird skies, great snow and big vertical (20,000+), likely the best day of the season with many more to come. Here’s a few shots courtesy of Paul…

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Good day out

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

After a bit of a delay getting out of the barn, one group went off happily to the yurt and a couple of groups headed to Liberty Bowl for several fast laps in boot top to knee deep pow. Yup, pow. Here are some shots for your enjoyment.

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We’ll try and get more action shots today.

Big vert over the past few days

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

While pictures are forthcoming (and perhaps few) since the group over the past few days were dropping it hard- 57,000′ vertical in less than 2.5 days- we had our first “Mt. Everest” day (28,000′+) of the season on Saturday. The recipe? Exclusive use charter + group that can ski/ride hard all day = big vert.

Thanks to Jim M, Jim J, Charlie, Gary, Brodie, Mike, Andrew, Scott, Tom, Paul, Kevin and Dymetrey for coming out and testing out the B3- not to mention skiing/riding some great pow all over our 300,000 acre permit area.

Thanks to Scott for the pics!

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Shots from the yurt last weekend

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Thanks to Rob, Brad, Mike and Matt for coming out and “warming up” the yurt for the season as the first trip. Looks like some great skiing was had, along with the incredible views only the Barron Yurt can offer in the winter time. And a big thanks to Rob for sharing a bunch of the shots below.

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Another stellar weekend in the North Cascades!

Monday, January 18th, 2010


We are currently experiencing the best conditions of the year!  Deep powder and bluebird skies were enjoyed by everyone this weekend and there is more snow on the way.  We still have openings for the month of January.  Call us today to book the trip of a lifetime!


An absolute Bluebird day!

An absolute Bluebird day!



Putting the work in on a Heli Assisted Tour.

Putting the work in on a Heli Assisted Tour.


Enjoying the reward!

Enjoying the reward!

Pics from today

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Blue bird and 18″ of fresh!


Rick enjoying the pow

Rick enjoying the pow




Rick V on a custom pair of 0n3p skis

Rick V on a custom pair of 0n3p skis



Steve in the pow

Steve in the pow

Powder in the forecast

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

This just in from none other than Larry Schick, the Grand Poo-bah of Pow at Ski Washington:

Power Alert (Weather Update)
:37pm  Thursday Jan 14th

The snow is back. It’s snowing at Baker tonight, and most areas have snow in the higher elevations. SL is at 4-5000ft tonight – expect new snow in the upper elevations.

There is not a epic powder dump around the corner, but lower snow levels are in the forecast, with much improved conditions and new snow. With the lower snow levels and moisture Sunday – Tuesday there is some true powder alert potential.

I am just not confident enough in the weather models yet, to pull the trigger for a real powder alert. I don’t want to dilute the magic of a real powder alert by sending one out prematurely, therefore my hesitation.  You should expect new snow through the weekend weekend and especially early next week at most areas.

I am struggling with amounts rather than snow levels. The snow level trend is downward Sun-Tuesday. Right now I’d say light to moderate snowfall, with upside potential.

Saturday will start to see some improvement with a snow rain mix , but gradually more snow than rain, then only snow later in the MLK weekend. Total snowfall will not be huge, as the main storm track slips into California Monday and Tuesday. But for us we will get adequate new snowfall with lowering snow levels; Sunday 3500 Monday 3000, Tuesday 2500ft.

But wait, we ski and ride between 5,000′-8,000′ feet- yup. Should be plenty good here in the North Cascades all weekend and all next week. We have good availability, so give us a call to come get some!

Don’t let the snow conditions at the passes fool you

Monday, January 11th, 2010

We talk to a lot of folks on the phone who are wondering about the conditions here at NCH. It seems like there is a lot judging what conditions are like based on what the conditions are like at the resorts… which are mostly at the mountain pass levels of 3,000-4,000′ feet up to 5,000+, although Crystal has a base elevation of 4,400 feet and tops out at  6,871′.

And us? While not to diminish the skiing offered at the resorts (we’re all friends, after all) we’re further north than everyone except our friends at Mt. Baker, and typically operate at elevations of 8,000′ down to our lower landing zones at 5,000′, and benefit from being on the east side of the mountains and the cold easterly flow. As an example, at the heli barn today at 2,200′ we had snow all day, and it’s been snowing hard at 5,500′ feet at Washington Pass all day as well. So, what does that mean? Good pow can be had from the heli… plus our high speed quad “chair lift” isn’t fixed and we can take advantage of our 300,000 acre permit area to find the best snow possible. The net net? Amazing pow can be had these days and we’ve got some space available for the next couple of weeks. Give us a shout and we can hook you up with some great skiing or riding.

But hey. a picture is worth a thousands words, so here are some pics from Saturday.

mike airing out on the pontoons

Fred liking the pow

Fred liking the pow

Syd, Pam and Fred with powder grins

Syd, Pam and Fred with powder grins

Shots from guide recon

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

While we’re just a few days away from serving our first guests of the year, we’ve been out in the mountains putting the B3 through its paces and getting some of our favorite runs set up and, of course, getting some skiing in. Yup, there’s powder in them thar hills! Should only get better as the forecast is calling for precip starting tomorrow and then though the weekend.

Here’s some pics from yesterday.

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With friends like these…

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Long term guests Pete and Matt (aka the Foxhole crew) raced in this year’s Baja 1000 as “Team Diablo”- they finished 84th out of 383 and 6th in their class (apparently just over 1/2 of vehicles finished). We’re appreciative of the advertising, guys. See you in February.


The team Diablo rig

The team Diablo rig

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