Archive for November, 2010

Forecast looking good for some early season turns later this week!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

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

Long range computer models indicate an evolving La Nina induced weather pattern. The hallmark of La Nina for the NW is cool and wet — which translates to abundant , quality Cascade snow.

A La Nina winter will tend to nudge the storm track toward a cool and wet pattern. This is what I am seeing develop toward the middle and end of the week ahead. La Nina global circulation patterns over the North Pacific will favor this pattern during the winter. It does not mean the pattern will be continuous all winter. We will see this La Nina character come in surges – especially later in December January and February.

This week, a low pressure off the BC coast will couple with arctic air well to the north of the low. The system will slide south near Washington state with lowering snow levels and new snowfall.

Right now (depending on slope, aspect & elevation) We have a trace/ or nothing to probably 1-3 ft (upper elevations, north facing slopes). As stated before, we usually need 2-5 feet to open, as a minimum.

Later this week: I am confident in the “cold ” part of this pattern coming up. Snow levels will drop from 3000 feet on Wednesday down to 500ft Friday and Saturday. I am struggling with how much snow will fall , but I am sure everything that does fall on the ski slopes will be snow. Right now I’d guess ( Wed-Sat) 6-18″ new, minimum — upside potential: 1- 3ft is not unreasonable.

Larry Schick

Grand Pubah of Powder

Snowing here in Mazama!

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Ah, nice to see some big fat flakes falling here at the heli barn for the first time this season. Soon it will be time to break out the touring gear and start poking around up high for the first freshies of the season. Then, before we know it, the heli will be here in early January for a few days of set up before we open January 14th for the season!

Here’s a little video of some of our prime terrain on a bluebird day- from the Silverstar zone towards the Cutthroat zone

Women’s AT Clinic with North Cascades Mountain Guides, January 6th-9th, 2011.

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Ladies, here’s a sweet opportunity to get your touring season off to a great start with a posse of other backcountry Belles. Offered through our sister company, North Cascades Mountain guides, this women only program is a great way to backcountry skills or hone the ones you already have with some of the best female guides and skiers in the business.

happy back country Belles

Skins ripped and ready to ski!

Program includes demo gear, lodging and 3 fun filled days of skiing.

Old Man Winter is tapping on the door

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Washington Pass is starting to look like we like. Forecast is for snow on the Valley floor by Sunday night. C’mon winter!

The Spires of the Liberty Bell Group with a coat of white

The Spires of the Liberty Bell Group with a coat of white

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Yes, we are on Facebook, posting frequently as winter approaches. Given the powder forecast for this La Nina winter, we like to think of it as InYourFacebook.

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Wetter than normal winter for the Pacific Northwest

Monday, November 1st, 2010

That’s the prediction and we’ll take it.

a forecast we love

Straight outta NOAA

More than 1/2″ of water fell, as snow, at Washington Pass since this morning.