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Ian
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Feb. 11, 2009, Tollgate Pass, Spout Springs
« on: 02/11/09, 05:10 PM »

Took a trip down to Tollgate this morning. 5 inches of fresh pretty universally, maybe up to 8 in gullys. Enough to make floaty powder turns on anything that wasn't too steep. Took five laps and left with plenty of time to make my 11 o'clock class. Unfortunately the roads had different plans and I've spent all day dealing with the insurance company to get my car fixed.

Forgot my camera, but the blues are definitely in condition right now.
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Re: Feb. 11, 2009, Tollgate Pass, Spout Springs
« Reply #1 on: 02/11/09, 08:06 PM »

I've always been curious about the blues.  What kind of terrain is out there.
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Re: Feb. 11, 2009, Tollgate Pass, Spout Springs
« Reply #2 on: 02/11/09, 08:49 PM »

me too.  We need to head out east more.
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Re: Feb. 11, 2009, Tollgate Pass, Spout Springs
« Reply #3 on: 02/12/09, 09:48 AM »

Most of the blues are pretty unexciting terrain-wise. They get amazing dry inter-continental snow but in general there isn't anything steep. The one exception is the Elkhorn Range, the area around Anthony Lakes ski area. I's a little blob of granite and it has everything you'd expect of a granitic mountain range, including a couple 40ish degree couloirs.

The Wallowa's are a seperate range from the blues, and a little farther from western Oregon/Washington, but they have some seriously good terrain and snow.

Edit: I'll post some pictures of the Anthony lakes area later today.
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Re: Feb. 11, 2009, Tollgate Pass, Spout Springs
« Reply #4 on: 02/12/09, 01:25 PM »

Ian, are you a Whitman student? I live in WW too.

Did you ski around Spout Springs or out towards Andies Prairie?

Some good, but short, sidecountry around Bluewood too.

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Re: Feb. 11, 2009, Tollgate Pass, Spout Springs
« Reply #5 on: 10/29/09, 11:00 AM »

Can one of you Walla Walla people direct me to a good spot in the general vacinity to do some AT?  I'm just starting to get into it and would love to find a couple spots to practice in.  Was planning on cruising up to Tollgate to see what I can find.
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Re: Feb. 11, 2009, Tollgate Pass, Spout Springs
« Reply #6 on: 10/29/09, 01:21 PM »

Can one of you Walla Walla people direct me to a good spot in the general vacinity to do some AT?  I'm just starting to get into it and would love to find a couple spots to practice in.  Was planning on cruising up to Tollgate to see what I can find.

Hey Stew. I think Bluewood has the best options for any kind of touring and more vertical than most areas around Tollgate. My images above highlight the best lift served areas around Bluewood.

At Tollgate I would recommend touring around the Spout Springs area. It's generally short vertical and not too steep, but enough to get your fix.  The ski area itself is probably your best bet, if not the ridge extending from the ski area to the south. It parallels the highway making it hard to get lost. The ridgetop is fairly flat with several nordic/snowmobile trails on it. There is a radio tower (marked by the red X).





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