Stampede Pass Avalanche Rescue Video

Here’s some incredible footage of a snowmobiler caught, then rescued in an avalanche up at Stampede Pass this weekend, Caught on camera: Rescue of buried snowmobiler. Stampede Pass is just east of Snoqualmie Pass.

Here’s a comment from the guy buried on YouTube:

The guy on the white sled rode the avalanche down and knew right where to look for me. These guys saved my ass and got me out fast. Seemed like a whole lot longer when in the snow but thanks for the quick work guys. Looking forward to the next ride with you beacon and all.:)

Stay safe out there folks! Consult NWAC’s avalanche forecast, don’t go out if it isn’t safe, travel with a buddy, carry a beacon, shovel and probe.

$10 Guided Snowshoe Tours at Stevens & Snoqualmie

Snowshoe fans, January 8th the Forest Service is starting up their guided snowshoe tours of Stevens Pass and Snoqualmie:

Get outdoors and learn about winter ecology snowshoeing on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest January through March. No experience is necessary and the Forest Service provides snowshoes. Participants should wear layered and insulated clothing, hats and gloves with sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots, hats and gloves. To offset the costs of the program a donation of $10 per person is suggested for all tours except the extended hike and photography outing at Snoqualmie Pass, where $20 is requested.

Seattle Ski Shuttle Back At It

We’re a week late reporting that the Seattle Ski Shuttle is back at it this year:

Crystal: Monday, Thursday & Friday. Leave at 7:00 AM, return at 7:00 PM. $40.
Snoqualmie: Saturday & Sunday 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM. $35.

Plus you can book online! Hopefully someday they add a Whistler departure leaving at 5pm Friday returning to Seattle Sunday at 8pm for cheaper than my ’93 Landcruiser at 13 MPG.

Roundup of Ski Area Improvements

The News Tribune down in Tacoma has a great roundup of what is new at PNW area resorts, What’s new at Northwest Ski areas as has the Seattle Times, Changes on the slopes should give skiers a lift

Here’s what’s new close to home:

Mount Baker: “Mount Baker Ski Area spent $3.5 million to build a new midmountain warming hut called the Raven Hut Lodge. The two-story lodge’s design was inspired by 1920s Cascadia architecture and can only be reached on skis or snowboard. Replacing the Raven Hot Café, the lodge has room for 300 people and will offer full food service, restrooms and two fireplaces.” – News Tribune

Mount Baker’s site has some photos of the new lodge:

Crystal: “Crystal Mountain is opening its mountaintop RDL Test Center this season. RDL stands for Rossignol, Dynastar and Lange, the companies whose gear will be featured in the center. Try the latest equipment for one run or all day and swap gear as often as you like. Prices are $60 for skis boots and poles or snowboard, bindings and boots; $48 for skis only, or snowboards and bindings only; or $30 for boots only.” – News Tribune

Seattle Times reports, “Five new gondola cabins are set to arrive in early spring at a cost of $200,000, bringing the count up to 27 cabins. The gondola cable can carry 36 cabins.

Other changes include extensive tree limbing and stump removal on Upper Exterminator and Bull Run, a new event plaza in the base area, and rock work at the bottom of the gondola.”

Snoqualmie: “The Summit at Snoqualmie made several changes for this season including the installation of a 210-foot moving carpet for beginners at Summit West. The Hog Wild Trail serviced by the Silver Fir Express at Summit Central was regraded. A new Snow Cat and winch system will enable the ski area to groom more of the Silver Fir terrain. Across Interstate 90 at Alpental, a new ski patrol station, which will be open to the public, has been added near the top of Armstrong Express.” – News Tribune

For your summer mountain enthusiasts you’ll be glad to know that Obama Signs Ski Area Summer Use Bill Into Law:

It amends the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986 to permit activities beyond the alpine and Nordic skiing already allowed in ski areas on public lands. Such uses would include zip lines, mountain coasters and alpine slides as well as mountain biking and concerts that some resorts already offer on adjacent private land, but this new law allows such facilities on National Forest Service land leased to the resorts with Forest Service approval.

Scheduled Opening Dates For Washington Ski Resorts

Here’s the scheduled opening dates for Washington ski resorts. Hopefully some open early!

49 Degrees North Ski Area 11/24
Bluewood Ski Area 11/26
Crystal Mountain 11/24 – 12/7
Echo Valley Ski Area 12/17
Leavenworth Ski Hill Mid-December
Loup Loup Ski Bowl 12/2 – 12/16
Mission Ridge Ski Area 11/25 – 11/27
Mount Baker Ski Area Mid-November
Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park 12/3
Stevens Pass TBA
Summit at Snoqualmie TBA