Archive for March, 2010

Wow, what season

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Well, it’s that bittersweet day when the heli returns to its spring and summer stomping grounds and we begin packing up the heli barn for the summer. Thanks to all our guests for coming out and enjoying all the good times here at North Cascade Heli, Mike and Freestone Inn crew for taking such good care of our guests during their stay, Jason and the JR Heli crew for such a fine machine and to the NCH staff for a safe, successful season. And, of course, to Ullr for the pow.

350JR making one of many landings during the 2010 season

350JR making one of many landings during the 2010 season (c) Lowell Skoog

In spite of the El Nino weather pattern, we had an excellent snow season with a good number of those epic deep days, and plenty of great, fun skiing and riding days with many turns of untracked pow had by many satisfied guests. The Barron Yurt had its busiest year ever and we’re already looking forward to welcoming a couple of groups back to the yurt next season!

Maybe you’re already thinking about next season as well? Well, here’s the deal, put a deposit down by June 1st and we’ll give you this year’s rates on any of our programs. We’re in the office a bit this week, then off for a little post-season R&R.

Another cool little POV movie

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Thanks Terry for coming out and doing some heli-assisted touring with Marc, Georg and Bob. And thanks for the movie. Sure was deep that day.

Olson crew, trip 2

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Thanks to Big V, V Jr., Garrison and Craig for coming out for some more turns with NCH this year. As always, a blast to have you guys here, but even more fun when you’re out skiing or riding 2′ of fresh. All time, really. Thanks for the pics.

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A little over a week before the end of the season

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Sad, but true, our trusty ship 350 will be returning to her spring and summer stomping grounds after we cease operations on March 21st.

350 on the shoulder of Tower Mountain

350 on the should of Tower Mountain (c) Lowell Skoog

Still some availability left for Wednesday the 17th, but other than that, we’re booked through the end of the season.

And almost 2′ of fresh in the alpine.

Erik Roner’s ski base

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Big air was had in the North Cascades. Erik Roner did a couple of ski bases while here with the TGR crew- here’s one of them.

erik roner cliif base

Cool POV movie from last weekend

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Thanks to John F. and Steve M. for this cool little sequences of “dueling” POV cams.

Pics from 3 10 10

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Thanks to the the Hurricane Ridge Crew (Chad, Gary and Eric) and local Tom K for coming out and enjoying a day of skiing yesterday. Here are some pics for your enjoyment.

Pics from Friday 3/5

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

25 CM of fresh fell in the alpine on Thursday night into Friday AM. Here’s some lucky folks who got to take advantage of it.

Well post some pics from today later.

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Powder in the Forecast

Friday, March 5th, 2010

This just in from Larry Schick, the Grand Poobah of Pow at Ski Washington:

POWDER ALERT ( weather update)
5:24 pm

Hello Powder Hounds…

It’s spring skiing once again — at least for Saturday. Spring attire, with moderate layering and an outer windproof layer – my Outdoor Research jacket should do the trick. Don’t forget the shades and sunscreen – how about some screaming groomers over at Mission Ridge?

Sunday will see increasing snow with a SL of 3500ft. Expect some great quality, but not a ton of new snowfall, by late Sunday and Monday. Much cooler air with a 2000ft snow level and limited moisture will move in, by Monday morning with 2-6” of new powder.

There is a chance of more snow later in the week as there are indications of a more vigorous weather pattern toward the end of next week with low snow levels.

Teton Gravity Almost Live filmed at NCH

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Nice work on this little gem, TGR- thanks for the laughs, although it sounded like Ken was laughing the hardest.

Can’t wait to see the blooper reel.