Kyle Miller Slideshow – 16 Months in the Crazy Life

What: Kyle Miller – 16 months in the crazy life
Where: Second Ascent
When: August 8th, 7:30 to 9pm
Tickets: Free!

Local splitboarding star Kyle Miller is going to be at Second Ascent giving a slideshow highlighting a 20,000 foot volcano descent, completion of all 9000′ descents in Washington state, splitboard tours of the Pickett Range & Paradise to Crystal traverses and much more.

NWAC Snowball Dinner April 20

What: 4th annual Snowball Dinner and Auction
When: Friday, April 20, 2012, 6-10pm.
Where: Mountaineers

More details:

This spring’s end-of-the-season celebration and fundraiser for the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, will be at Mountaineers Program Center, at 7700 Sand Point Way NE, in Seattle. Tickets are $65 before April 1, and $75 after – buy yours soon, this event sold out last year! Join your friends and familiar faces at this evening of live and silent auctions, as well as a delicious dinner, all for a great cause!

March 17 & 18 Steep Skiing Workshop at Alpental

What: Steep Skiing Workshop
Where: Alpental
When: March 17 & 18
Cost: $180

Weekend intensive session to help you master Alpental’s steep and ungroomed terrain. Instruction provided by high level PSIA instructors with extensive Alpental experience. Over the course of the weekend, classes will cover the expert terrain on the upper chair and into the backcountry – (conditions permitting) Alpental Pro Patrol will supervise entry into the backcountry. To enter the backcountry students will need to review Alpental’s Backcountry Safety page Students will need to have avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe) and have the equivalent to avalanche awareness and companion rescue training to go through Alpental’s backcountry gate. Overnight accommodations at the rustic and charming Washington Alpine Club cabin along the Alpental road.

Event: Larry Schick on “Chasing Powder – In Pursuit of Perfect Snow”

What: Larry Schick, Ski Washington’s powder forecaster, “Chasing Powder – In Pursuit of Perfect Snow”
When: March 13th at 6:30
Where: Outdoor Research, 2203 1st Avenue South
Cost: Free

From Larry’s most recent powder forecast:

You are invited to a free presentation at Outdoor Research a week from this Tuesday – on March 13th at 6:30pm. My talk is: “Chasing Powder – In Pursuit of Perfect Snow “. It’s all about snow forecasting and the secrets of getting a great powder day………

“In the fine line, suspended between gravity and flight, is the elusive floating powder turn. Once experienced, it forever beckons us to return”

Longtime Seattle meteorologist and powder skier, Larry Schick (aka Grand Poobah of Powder), reveals the the mysteries of NW snow. He’ll share his passion for the pow and reveal little known secrets, so you can get the goods. You’ll discover the best times to ski and, best places. Plus, how can you find accurate predictions from the maze of internet “junk forecasts”? In addition, what can you tell from “reading the sky”. And by the way, what is up with La Nina ? You’ll benefit from his almost four decades of snow forecasting and understand how you can best utilize the forecast to target a perfect powder day. Feel free to send in your snow questions before the presentation.

Join us for an evening of talkin’ snow, weather and mountains – interwoven with lively conversation

Seating limited

Vertfest 2012 Results, Photo & Video Roundup

Just happened to be at Alpental this weekend while Vertfest was going on. I hadn’t thought that Vertfest was going to be for a newbie like me but next year I will definitely try and roundup a crew to give the rec division a go!

Talk: The South Side of Everest and Issues Related to Porter Health

What: The South Side of Everest and Issues Related to Porter Health by Seth Wolpin PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, UW presented by the Washington Ski Touring Club
When: March 1st, 7pm
Where: REI Seattle
Cost: Free!

Here’s the description:

Weary of sitting at his office desk and itching for the mountains, Seth summited Mt. Everest on May 13, 2011 with Damai Chiri Sherpa. During the expedition they collected pilot research data in the Khumbu from high altitude porters. These porters are increasingly recruited from low altitude villages. Carrying extreme loads for trekkers and climbers as high as 17,500 feet, they face a variety of risks ranging from muscular-skeletal injuries to death from exposure and acute mountain sickness. Seth will present preliminary results from his research and suggestions for travel in the Khumbu. He will also share some stories and pictures from the climb.

Kim Kircher at REI for “The Next Fifteen Minutes”

What: Strength from the Top of the Mountain
When: Thursday, February 2, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PT)
Where: REI Seattle
Cost: Free, but RSVP

Hear Kim Kircher, ski patroller/author/traveler, share about her life and her recent book, The Next Fifteen Minutes: Strength from the top of the Mountain. This talk is presented by the Washington Ski Touring Club who are bringing lots of interesting folks to talk to REI!

Vertfest Schedule & Tickets

What: Vertfest 2012 – Festival of Freeride and Mountain Mettle
When: February 18-19, 2012
Where: Alpental
Price: $40-$80 (tickets)

Tickets now available from Brown Paper Tickets.


  • The Monika Johnson Memorial Rally
  • The Stanley Cup Fun Race
  • After Party and Awards w/Head Like a Kite

Sunday Seminars and Clinics

  • Intro to Spliboarding Seminar – with Neil Provo and Chris Tretwold: All day seminar – 9:30 to 3:00
  • Sidecountry Steeps clinics – with Kim Havell: AM clinic – 9 to 12 , PM clinic (women’s only) – 1 to 4

  • Terrain Selection Clinic – with Rob Gibson and John Stimberis: 9:00 – 12:00
  • Companion Rescue Clinic: 1:00 – 4:00
  • Lighter, Faster–and, More Fun: Lightweight Backcountry Tips Seminar: 9:30 – 3:00
  • Ski Photography Seminar with Grant Gunderson: 9:30 – 3:00
  • Landscape Photography Seminar with Jason Hummel: 9:30 – 3:00