Demo some 2014 skis and snowboards thanks to over 15 different ski and snowboard reps and our friends at Sturtevant’s. We’ll have live music, free lunch from provided by Red Robin, and a beer garden hosted by Pyramid. Bid on brand new gear in our silent auction. Challenge your friends on our race course. Take a look at some of the amazing adaptive equipment Outdoors for All uses to help individuals with disability enjoy the outdoors. Oh, and we would say have fun…but that is a given!
On-scene footage and interview with SPART member Dick Willy on the topic of the new Avalanche Beacon Check Station project which was just installed at the Snow Lake/Mt. Snoqualmie trailhead. The first of several new avalanche beacon check stations in the Northwest mountains.
Tentative closing dates for the resorts are starting to be talked about :(.
Crystal Mountain: April 15 (spring season starts April 20, open Fridays to Sundays) Alpental: May 6; Summit East: March 25 (may be extended) Summit Central: likely end of April Mission Ridge: April 11 Stevens Pass: TBD Mount Baker: TBD
Three snowboarders entered the 80s chute in the back country to the east of Alpental Ski Area, and triggered a slide. The slide caught two, one of whom was able to self arrest. The other boarder was carried over a steep cliffy chute and died from trauma.
Here’s the high level summary:
Time and Date: ~1145 AM PST, 2/19/2012
Submitted by: Aaron Opp (Snoqualmie Pass Professional Ski Patrol) and Mark Moore (NWAC)
Location: back country (beyond ski area boundary) on east end of WAC Bluffs in an area informally known as “80s chute”, just to east of top of Chair 1 at Alpental Ski Area. Alpental lies just NNW of Snoqualmie Pass, central WA Cascades, WA USA)
Slope specifics: starting zone elevation ~ 3800 ft., ENE exposure, 45+ degree slope
Fracture line details: SS-AR-O-R2-D2; Slab size and structure—approx. 1-2 ft deep (width unknown currently) soft slab (Fist to 4F hardness) presumably released to lower density layer above freezing rain
crust; initial avalanche likely triggered second slide on lower bench
Avalanche details: Slide caught two (of party of three), one of whom was able to self arrest; remaining victim carried about 400 vertical feet down a 45-60 degree cliffy chute
Fatalities / Injuries: Three snowboarders triggered slide–one not caught, one caught and able to self arrest, one caught and carried down through very steep ice and rock filled chute, and kille
Karl Milanoski, a 41-year-old Seattle man, was swept off a cliff by an avalanche near Alpental, one of four resorts at The Summit at Snoqualmie. The Seattle Times reported Sunday that Milanoski, who was skiing in an out-of-bounds area, inadvertently set off the avalanche, which swept him over a cliff and 500 feet down the mountain.
We were up skiing all day at Alpental today, spent the day almost exclusively on Chair 2 and oddly didn’t hear a thing. The danger was clearly high. It took them until around 9:30 to get Armstrong going, they did a ton of bombing, some of the bombing results in slides 3-4′ deep above Cascade Traverse/Lower International, and patrollers were warning folks to respect all closures today.
The Alpental accident occurred on the 80’s chute/E.S.A.D. past shot8. From staring out the front window and across the street it looks like a pocket above let loose or was remote triggered and flushed the rider out over ~300-400+ft of near vertical.
Good news Alpental fans! According to a Turns All Year post, Alpental may open December 2, Alpental 2011_2012:
We are looking at just about enough snow to operate (Dec 2nd?), so the plan is to begin setting up, and perhaps even do some avalanche blasting, starting on Monday Nov 28th. That means that Sunday the 27th will be the last day of unrestricted uphill travel and we will begin the winter travel policy.