PNW — Early Season Powder & Sun by Louie Dawson November 15, 2010 written by Louie Dawson November 15, 2010 Winter’s begun in the North Cascades! Fun was had this weekend at Twin Lakes and Heliotrope Ridge. Bluebird powder with a view! Nearing the crest of Heliotrope ridge. Raf shredding on a splitboard with alpine race boots. With a forecasted snow level of 0 feet on Sunday, I already can’t wait for next weekend. 19 comments 0 FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail previous post Marker Tour F 10/12 Tour Ski Binding — Real World Weigh-in next post “Tech” Binding Summary Chart 19 comments Chuck November 15, 2010 - 10:57 am Hey Lou, I love seeing PNW TR’s on your blog. I recently moved from NM to WA, for a short period, hoping to relocate to CO or AK in a year. I know my way around CO when it comes to backcountry playgrounds, however a different story when it comes to WA, BC areas. Do you have good websites, groups, or books I can reference? We are currently in the Spokane area. Thanks Chuck Mike Traslin November 15, 2010 - 11:11 am Awesome…. Thanks for sharing……It is always fun to hit heliotrope ridge! Greg Louie November 15, 2010 - 11:40 am Chuck, the go-to resource in the PNW is Turns-All-Year: http://www.turns-all-year.com Or just park at a trailhead at a pass or volcano and wait for people with skis to show up . . . The standard book is “100 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes” by Rainer Burgdorfer. There’s also Martin Volken’s “Backcountry Skiing Snoqualmie Pass”, though it’s out of print. Jordan November 15, 2010 - 12:04 pm Needed that Lou November 15, 2010 - 12:57 pm I’d agree about TAY, but don’t forget us here! Roman Rodyakin November 15, 2010 - 1:00 pm What day were these pictures taken? Was it this past weekend (Nov 13-14) or a day or two before? The forecast was cloudy with rising snow levels for Saturday west of the crest; was it actually sunny at Baker? Louie November 15, 2010 - 1:01 pm Another one is “Exploring the coast mountains on skis”, by John Baldwin, it is a great resource for everything in Western BC. Here is our review. Lou November 15, 2010 - 1:09 pm Louie, please link to the review here! Or you don’t get paid (grin). Louie November 15, 2010 - 1:19 pm Roman, It was sunny in the morning at twin lakes on Thursday, and then it clouded up later in the day. On Heliotrope on Friday we were surrounded by cloud banks, but we were in the sun most of the day. Then on Saturday it was cloudy and rainy at Heliotrope. So yeah, not technically the weekend I guess. Castlerock (Mike) November 15, 2010 - 1:26 pm When you are in college…every day is a weekend! Make sure you check his grades Lou. Lou November 15, 2010 - 1:31 pm How does dawn patrol influence grades, that is the question (grin). Castlerock (Mike) November 15, 2010 - 1:36 pm It probably makes them better. But I wouldn’t know. My mistake was being an EE with 8:30 AMs every day. If I only knew then what I know now……I guess then I would have been Louie! Louie November 15, 2010 - 1:38 pm I utilize a complex decision making process that factors in snow totals, weather, avalanche safety, potential partners, upcoming exams, homework, current grades, class size, professor niceness, and many other things, for some reason the answer seems to always come out as “go skiing” Seriously though, I had Veterans day off, and I have Fridays off every week. Castlerock (Mike) November 15, 2010 - 1:41 pm That sounds to me like organizing your life around the important stuff. I didn’t get that straight until I turned 40. Lou November 15, 2010 - 2:30 pm Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis: http://www.wildsnow.com/2231/exploring-coast-mountains-skis-review/ Roman Rodyakin November 15, 2010 - 2:44 pm Louie: thanks a lot for sharing the weather data, as well as for outlining your decision making process — as complex as it is, it should be possible for other skiers to customize it to their specific situation and have it yield the same outcome 🙂 CDawson November 15, 2010 - 6:56 pm Louie, as the old adage goes “GET IT WHILE YOU CAN” Or better yet “USE IT OR LOOSE IT” HEHE!!!!! Mark November 15, 2010 - 8:23 pm I used to go to a forum called cascadeclimbers.com. Includes a good number of skiing trip reports. Jim November 17, 2010 - 12:19 am Hey guys, where is the best snow this coming weekend around the US? Alaska was looking good til this big wind event. Same with Utah. Comments are closed.