It was quite the dry season in the Northwest—so dry that some ski resorts didn’t experience “low tide” conditions, while others on the West Coast didn’t even open. In a twisted joke, it took until April Fools’ Day for the first decent storm of the season to arrive, dropping 10 inches on Mt. Hood and the surrounding Cascades and warranting a “sick” day.
While far western New York is getting all the headlines for mega-deep snow—nine feet in the last week—it’s falling farther east, too (where there’s a bit more elevation). Several lake-effect bursts off Vermont’s Lake Champlain have steadily built a base over high elevations in the Green Mountains, and, since most resorts won’t open until this weekend or the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s open season for inbounds skinning. Here’s a gallery of early-season and early-morning earned shots from Stowe, which opened last weekend.
With 100 inches in the forecast, winter hype was buzzing around Bellingham late last week. What most people don’t think about, however, is that when the Internet blows up with comments like “Baker is getting 100 inches over the weekend,” the forecasts are referencing the summit, which is at 10,000 feet. The actually ski area sits at around 5,000 feet.
With rain and snow falling for much of May, Kordell, Zach, Cindi-Lou and I waited for the forecast to improve for our trip to Wyoming’s Wind River Range. But that put us a few weeks late to enter the Winds from the Dickinson Park trailhead on the east side with a muddy, 15-mile approach. So we decided to retreat to the Tetons for Plan B.
For the third year, Bent Gate Mountaineering of Golden, Colo. took over Silverton Mountain for three days of private skiing, backcountry touring and partying. And it sounds way better than the flu. We sent Colorado-based photographer Casey Day to the Silverton infermary and he came back with this photo gallery.
In September 2012, Backcountry Managing Editor Tyler Cohen, photographer Fred Marmsater and I ventured into a little-known part of the Andes for a week of exploring and skiing. Tyler wrote about it in the February 2013 issue of Backcountry. With perfect weather and good spring snow, the exploratory trip couldn’t have gone better. I spent […]