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April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« on: 04/13/05, 07:20 AM »

Powder and shirtsleeves!


When Kam tapped me on the back last night at Glacier Travel class and suggested I'd never pass the course if I didn't get up at 5:00AM and meet him and Cass at Alpental, I figured I'd better go . . . turned out to be a good thing.

Drizzle and overcast skies in Seattle turned to bluebird with anywhere from 4" to 10" of wind-deposited pow and graupel - did a quick run for a photo op in Edelweiss Bowl, and chatted with Scott and Adam from Pro Ski, who broke trail the last 500 vf to the top (the guide ALWAYS breaks trail, right?).

Nash was the real deal, about 10-12" of soft stuff to cushion the icy bumps underneath - the season's just starting!

Kam skinning up
It looked like this, honest!
Kam & Chris having fun
Aren't those skis on the wrong feet?
Rainier was out, too
Kam's hat
Cass #1
Cass #2
Jessica arcs it
Jessica up close
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #1 on: 04/13/05, 07:29 AM »

nice form, weepay!
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #2 on: 04/13/05, 07:43 AM »

oops, i just made the following post and then discovered that gregL beat me to it.  anyway, i'll just add my comments to this thread.  what a nice morning!

the following pretty much sums up the snow this morning

this morning cascadesfreak, sheispiste, gregL and i started skinning on a 2-3" layer of new dry powder on top of a somewhat firm and crusty base.  as we gained elevation, the depth of new snow slowly increased to about 6-8" at the top of Edelweiss chair.  when the sun came out, we noticed pinwheels and several point-releases tumbling from steeper terrain.  we dropped into upper nash, and to our surprise, found 8-10" of tasty unconsolidated dry powder!  it was a treat.

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1. glow.
2. cascadesfreak and sheispiste.
3. sheispiste. but how can she be, especially when she's smiling!? Smiley
4. not bad for April.  skier: cascadesfreak.  nice t-shirt dude.
5. gregL soaking in the sun, i mean powder.
6. klown patroller
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #3 on: 04/13/05, 08:17 AM »

Nice job.....I was up there yesterday in a hail/snowstorm.....blahhh
I was wondering if you guys got a look at snoqualmie mt while you were up there.....what's the coverage on it......Has anybody popped a track out on it?
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #4 on: 04/13/05, 08:42 AM »

Well, it looked like this . . .

Cascadesfreak & sheispiste with Snoqualmie Mt. in background

Not terribly inviting, at least on the S/SW side. The Phantom does not look like a continuous ski down . . .
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #5 on: 04/13/05, 08:55 AM »

A fine breakfast with champions! Great to join you all for a beautiful morning. Kam and Greg: nice photos. Thanks!
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #6 on: 04/13/05, 08:57 AM »

SPICOLI: Greg's right.   Phantom is boney, but there should be enough snow to ski elsewhere on the mountain.  Skip and i were on the lower part of Snoqualmie last Friday, approaching via Commonwealth Basin, and the coverage looked good along the west ridge (visible in the photo of cascadesfreak and sheispiste).  here, read skip's trip report.
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #7 on: 04/13/05, 09:06 AM »

Wow, nice photos Greg and Kam. That looks delicious.
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #8 on: 04/13/05, 09:08 AM »

Thanks for the info...I don't think the phantom was ever really filled in this year. Maybe I should head over to chair peak. I'm sure whatevers up on snoqualmie will be raveged as soon as  the sun peeks out. I must say though that is the most snow I've seen on the south ridge all year. Has anybody cycled runs off the north facing aspects of the small knob between snoqualmie and guye? That seems like fun and fairly safe on avy days.
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #9 on: 04/13/05, 09:57 AM »

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nice form, weepay!


You know it, dude...too bad you weren't actually there to see/ski it  Wink

A very fine morning indeed at the Alp.  
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #10 on: 04/13/05, 10:30 AM »

Ohhhh man. Me predicts your TR will trigger a serious run for the goods tomorrow as well. Hope it lasts. Also hope that Patrol saves working on the hill for Friday and won't do any catting and blasting tomorrow.
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #11 on: 04/13/05, 11:03 AM »

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Ohhhh man. Me predicts your TR will trigger a serious run for the goods tomorrow as well. Hope it lasts.


Ah, I wouldn't  bother.  All that sun and heat (telemetry is showing temps 40+ this afternoon) will leave nasty crusts and turn all the snow to mank before tomorrow..
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #12 on: 04/13/05, 11:52 AM »

looks like a good morning guys!  i've been making different kind of turns down here in the sunshine state, but i'll be looking forward to some of those soft fluffy conditions when i get back...make it happen for me, will ya? Wink
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #13 on: 04/13/05, 01:05 PM »

Nice!! You guys timed it perfectly...can't believe this work thing is in the way...
Was it really that warm, or does Cass just want to show his strong forearms?  Grin
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #14 on: 04/13/05, 02:28 PM »

Nicely done! Great photos! Thanks Cool
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #15 on: 04/14/05, 04:31 AM »

Sweet.
Nice call, you guys. Way to score on the goods.
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #16 on: 04/14/05, 07:35 AM »

Actually, the lifts will be running at Alp Friday. http://www.summit-at-snoqualmie.com/ Either good or bad news depending on how you look at it.
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #17 on: 04/14/05, 08:01 AM »

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...can't believe this work thing is in the way...
 
Work thing?  oh yeah, almost forgot about that after such nice 'pre-work thing' turns  Wink  The powder spray while wearing a T-shirt seemed to provide a much better wake-up jolt than caffeine  Grin

A few additional pics:

Kam's Karving

sheispiste skins-up near the top of the Alp

Kam the Klown

The Karving Kamel
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #18 on: 04/14/05, 08:48 AM »

Cass.
Photo kuddos to you too!
Thanks for the great morning.
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #19 on: 04/14/05, 10:07 AM »

klowns and kamels. sounds like a cirkus.

a few more photos:
[ gregL ][ cascadesfreak ][ sheisreallyreallypiste Grin ]
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #20 on: 04/14/05, 11:09 AM »

Very nice, thanks for sharing such great photos.
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #21 on: 04/14/05, 03:35 PM »

Great ski and quick turn around on the pics guys!
Really nice shots (face and pics)!
Is that picture posted of Casshole skiing down Analvice?
Great ski shot!
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Re: April 13, 2005, Alpental Dawn Patrol
« Reply #22 on: 04/14/05, 04:54 PM »

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Grin

Sorry, all the Cass pics are on International . . .
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