WildSnow Sneaks to the PNW

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | June 9, 2014      

We love Colorado, but the snirt snow was too much. Besides, long awaited college graduation of the progeny up in the Bellingham zone is something neither Lisa nor I could ever miss. Nice to find the white springtime snow and aesthetic North Cascades wild views.

The wonder wife and I at the famed Hairpin on Washington Pass.  width=

“The wonder wife and I at the famed Hairpin on Washington Pass. Early Winter Spires up above. Harass me all you want about the camper, at least it’s not a 30 foot motor coach! Click images to enlarge.

We didn't do much today, just a lap up a drain from trailhead. Low pressure.

We didn’t do much today, just a lap up a drain from trailhead. Low pressure in the high pressure. Kangaroo Ridge in the background.

The kid got a new camera, Sony A7, getting it figured out.

The kid got a new camera, Sony A7, getting it figured out.

Love the mountains around here.

Love the mountains around here.

Many of you Nor'westers will know exactly where this is.

Many of you Nor’westers will know exactly where this is. Me, I was just guessing.

Ending the day under a sundog.

Ending the day under a sundog.


6 Responses to “WildSnow Sneaks to the PNW”

  1. Scott Nelson June 9th, 2014 4:21 pm

    The Chevy looks way more aero with that camper…grin. Congrats Louie!

  2. Drew Tabke June 10th, 2014 6:35 am

    Congrats to Louie! Hip hip horray!

    Cascade River Road just opened to the trailhead a few days ago, skiable from there… Forecast looks 50/50 tomorrow but would recommend Sahale if you’re looking to ski again.

  3. Lou Dawson June 10th, 2014 6:47 am

    Thanks for the info Drew, we did a few ups and downs while heading around the Birthday Tour yesterday off Wa Pass, got in a good day. Back to work today for all of us but we’ll get out again soon. Lisa and I did Sahale a few years ago, I’d like to head up there again since we didn’t go to the summit. Lou

  4. Gregg Cronn June 10th, 2014 10:07 am

    Way to go Louie! So great having you in Bellingham. Congrats on stretching your college career into the traditional Western 4 (six years). 🙂

    Lou and Lisa, imagine your camper replaced with 5 or so sleds and 6-10 inches of cold powder on the ground.

  5. Lou Dawson June 10th, 2014 10:16 am

    Hi Gregg! You’re one of the reasons Bellingham happened, remember that old “what college?” thread? Thanks for your friendship! I hope we can ski together during this trip, but if not we hope to see you at some point before we leave. And yes, I can imagine Washington Pass with full cake coverage and sleds racing around. What a place! Lou

  6. Rod June 10th, 2014 10:24 pm

    My wife and I just got to washington pass today, and we are planning to ski it tomorrow. All told, we’ll be in the area for two weeks, skiing and mountain biking. Any suggestions for steep couloirs are greatly appreciated.

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