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pipedream
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Nov 24, 2014 - Summit West, Trap on crap
« on: 11/24/14, 11:40 AM »

Unable to get out and enjoy the new snow over the weekend and inspired by the recent TRs from Snoq Pass, I and a coworker headed up for some dawn turns this morning. Yesterday's wet snow had set up overnight and despite there being fresh snow on the trees, it was basically little-to-no dust on a trappy crust on top of a foot of manky schmoo. The first couple turns off the top were enjoyable but from there down it was survival skiing at its finest. There were about a half dozen folks out making the best of it and the cats were track-packing Little Thunder the whole time. Despite a superb sunrise, Webb's cloud made an appearance and the pass was enveloped in fog by the time we left at 0930 for our desks in the lowlands.

Dawn in Issaquah:


Questionable snow level:


The padded seats were looking good from across the way:
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Re: Nov 24, 2014 - Summit West, Trap on crap
« Reply #1 on: 11/24/14, 03:41 PM »

Meanwhile, across the valley, Alpy was riding fine above 4000 or so feet.  Below 4000 feet the brushpack was healthy, and delivered crotch shots of the Cascades' finest:  alder, mountain ash, western hemlock, huckleberry, etcetera, but at least kept us off the local geology.

Someone really needs to see about adding about 1500' to the base of those areas--or the top of summit west/central/hyak.
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Re: Nov 24, 2014 - Summit West, Trap on crap
« Reply #2 on: 11/24/14, 04:04 PM »

Plate Technonics -- get to work!
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Re: Nov 24, 2014 - Summit West, Trap on crap
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Donnelly_M
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Re: Nov 24, 2014 - Summit West, Trap on crap
« Reply #4 on: 11/24/14, 06:18 PM »

It would be perfect if they got just enough snow to cover up the debris and avoid any serious core shots but not enough to open Alpental followed by a solid freeze and then a series of 3,500 foot freezing level storms.
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