It's no secret that this has been a bad season. This is pretty much going down to the worst one I have seen in Colorado since I moved here in 1990. I can live with it as there haven't been very many bad years out here. The PNW this year has been having an amazing season. Record setting for many places. Having made a journey out to Washington last season at the end of January and getting amazing conditions for the first half of the trip but rain for the second, I booked my flight for a week long trip in March. March seems to be the $$$ month in the PNW and I was not disappointed. The other thing that helps is a good friend and forum member here, Ale Capone lives very close to Stevens Pass. He is also a splitboarder. He also happens to know the backcountry around Stevens Pass better than well, anybody. I'd call him the Godfather of the pass. He's done stuff there that people just look at. Couldn't of had a better tour guide.
Stopped by the Skykomish Deli to get a sandwich for my lunch. Splitboarding makes you hungry. They also have awesome sandwiches in there. Highly recommended. Of course I couldn't leave without leaving a little Colorado stoke somewhere.
The drive up the pass got me stoked, it had snowed around 80" the previous week, and the storms were still rolling in with smaller amounts. The 6-10" range. Perfect for a refresh and keeping the avalanche hazard not too crazy.
We went to a secret spot that Ale has. He calls it Flying Squirrel after seeing one back there several months ago. The skin started by the road side. The snow bank was just a little deep.
The creek looked pretty awesome too.
And of course the trees.
This area is on the East side of the pass where they don't get as much snow. My 340cm probe barely penetrated the snow before hitting ground. It hit at the 290cm mark...
Since I don't get to play in a Maritime snow pack all that often, we dug a pit to check it out. We did find a rotten layer about four feet down. This wasn't a steep riding day, so we weren't too worried. On the wrong slope though that layer could be a serious problem.
We got to the top of our line and Ale decided to smash some pillows.