Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Back in the PAC NW!

I'm home for the winter and man am I stoked about it! Mark came up from Berkeley for a week of skiing around New Years and we made a little tour de Washington by hitting Crystal, Alpental and Baker. We were super lucky with freezing cold (ca 0-15F) bluebird days the whole time, and the snow was awesome and stable too.

We used up all our weather karma showing off for Mark, and pretty soon after the shit hit the fan as a series of strong storms came rolling in. At first things were good as we picked up some snow even in the lowlands, but the later storms went in too far to our north putting us in the warm sector and dousing us with 50F sideways rain for several days. I hung out at my parents' house in Snoqualmie to watch the flooding -- always a good time!

Me on Shucksan Arm

The nice steep pow just below :-)

Mark ripping with Shucksy in the background.

Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

Twin Peaks!!

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