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|04-09-2012 11:44 PM|
|04-06-2012 05:26 PM|
|rgunzalez||So I called up Snoqualmie today and was told that I was allowed to be on their grounds after hours, at my own risk. Thought I'd add this here in case it's helpful to anyone.|
|04-05-2012 10:05 PM|
Thanks for the wealth of information guys. I'm definitely not trying to do anything serious at this point. Even riding Pacific Crest's bowl at Snoqualmie West one day, it was like waist deep in some areas and I fell. It was really challenging making it out of there and finally getting on my board again. Just walking like 30 yards in that stuff took an alarming amount of strength. I can only imagine what a true back country experience could entail.
Originally Posted by walove View Post
|04-05-2012 12:57 PM|
Hyak or summit east is closed for the rest of the season so its game on for hiking, you most likely wont be alone ether. The rest of the areas at the summit are still open certain days so they will be out with snowcats and such and dont really like the public in the way. Just past the summit on the east side is the Gold Creek Snowpark which is open to public access all year. Across the street from alpental is some gnarly terrain you can hike to, i wouldnt suggest that area unless you are with some expert back country people
If you drive up to stevenpass, on the north side of the hwy behind the garage there is a trail that leads up to a couple cell towers. Just riding the road is fun enough to be worth the hike.
I'll say the same thing as the rest of these people, anything that is outside of an operating ski area is back country terrain and needs to be treated with much respect. Slopes that you are comfortable with at the ski area needs to be treated with caution when it is not controlled. My advise is to find a partner who does have experience. A small problem when you are alone can turn really bad quick. Just hand out at the parking lot / trail head and ask someone if you can tag along. A lot of people hike hyak with there dog and ride the mellow stuff. Over the summer do some reading take some classes (rei often holds free seminars) about avalanches and safe backcountry travel to better prepare your self for future outings.
|04-05-2012 11:15 AM|
Oh the Maritime snow pack allows the snow to stick to much steeper lines for sure. No argument here. Resorts in Colorado do thin a good portion of their trees in bounds too. Left alone the lodge poles here get awfully thick. Much tighter than the Ponderosa's and such that the PNW has. Again though, tree wells are a big equalizer. The PNW is more pronounced too. As far as chutes go, hell I dunno. I know that you tend to have steeper entrances than Colorado overall. There are still some nasty chutes here I can think of that hold their own anywhere. Again, all backcountry. Different vibes for sure.
I can't tell you how many people over the years have been lost at a spot like Berthoud Pass. It's ridiculous. People spending a night out because they don't know where they are. The funny thing is, if you just head down, you'll generally hit the road at some point, regardless where you are. People do stupid things when they get into bad situations...
|04-05-2012 10:29 AM|
|wrathfuldeity||killz, you are probably right; its been a looong time since being in the rockies...but as I remembered the massiveness...there just seemed to be more space to work with....talking about tree spacing, throat of a chute or cliff...just seems the pnw compactness/tightness is makes it more difficult to work with.|
|04-05-2012 10:07 AM|
|killclimbz||wrathful, I am not sure where you get the rockies analogy for this thread, but that advice is sound for any spot you go to. People from out of town get lost out here all the time. If you don't know the terrain and how it works, it's best to be ultra conservative. Trees are tighter in Colorado and Utah btw. By far. At least compared to where I've ridden in the PNW. Tree wells on the other hand are on a whole different level in the PNW. Lot's more cliff outs in the PNW too, and the snow does stick to much steeper slopes making it critical for you to know what is beneath you. Then again, that can be said for any area.|
|04-05-2012 04:44 AM|
|wrathfuldeity||OP just be careful, non locals come out to the cascades and don't realize these are not the rockies and quickly get in over their head. Every year there are tourist type folks that get lost, weather happens fast and there are alot of places that hiking would be hellish. The rockies are massive...but idk, I think the cascades are more compact, steep and jagged with tighter trees and brush. It just seems things happen pretty fast, just a wrong turn and you can be in the shitter.|
|04-04-2012 06:04 PM|
Yeah I hear you about the dangers involved, I read some of the "Back country" trip posts on here and realized just how over my head this city guy could be out there.
I would totally be interested in one of your courses if it was in WA, I'll try to keep an eye out for information regarding that or you can PM me anytime. I think that would be awesome!
|04-04-2012 07:41 AM|
|cjcameron11||Sorry to thread jack but Sno if i were in the states i would definitely pay to go BC on one of your tours, in fact i may just make a trip next year again and while there make a point of coming that way while I'm there so i don't miss out!|
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