telemark skiingbackcountry skiingPacific NorthwestWashington and Oregonweather linksThe Yuki AwardsMt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Turns All Year
www.turns-all-year.com
  Help | Search | Login | Register
Turns All Year Trip Reports
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
10/20/17, 12:35 PM

Snohomish County
Volunteer Search & Rescue Team
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
Turns All Year Trip Reports
(1) Viewing these pages constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use.
(2) Disclaimer: the accuracy of information here is unknown, use at your own risk.
(3) Trip Report monthly boards: only actual trip report starts a new thread.
(4) Keep it civil and constructive - that is the norm here.
 
FOAC Snow
Info Exchange


NWAC Avalanche
Forecast
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2008 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  April 2008 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  April 22, 2008, After-School Patrol at Snoqualmie
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: April 22, 2008, After-School Patrol at Snoqualmie  (Read 3779 times)
Lowell_Skoog
Member
Offline

Posts: 2055


WWW
April 22, 2008, After-School Patrol at Snoqualmie
« on: 04/22/08, 10:11 PM »



Tom inspects a huge jump under construction at Summit Central. The gap between takeoff and landing is nearly twenty feet deep.


During the winter, my son Tom and I occasionally sneak away after school to go night skiing at Snoqualmie Pass. On a school night, it feels like playing hooky. This spring a number of auspicious events have converged:

  • Daylight Savings Time is here
  • Most of the ski areas are closed
  • Snoqualmie Pass snowpack is 170% of normal
  • Tom is in his last year of elementary school

With so much snow in the mountains, it seems a shame to waste it. Why should our hooky sessions end when the ski areas close?

Last weekend I removed the alpine bindings from Tom's skis and mounted my wife's old Silvretta 404s on them. I took an old pair of shaped skins and removed the tip and tail hardware so I can center the skins on his skis and fold the excess skin over tip and tail. Tom's alpine boots are heavy but serviceable for short tours. I figured he's good to go.

We headed up to Summit Central this afternoon to try it out.

I picked up Tom after school around 3:15 p.m. We drove to the ski patrol parking lot and started skinning up from there. The area was generally quiet, but the terrain park crew was working on some huge features for next weekend. (The Summit has decided to operate Central on April 26-27.) After a gradual climb--getting used to the gear--we reached the top of Central Express and de-skinned. We had a great ski back down on corn snow. Tom thought it was one of his best runs ever. He said, "We should do this again!" It was still light when we got back to Seattle.

Mission accomplished. We're definitely going to try this again while the snow lasts. If any other parents with backcountry newbies in the family want to join us, let me know. It looks like Tuesdays will be most favorable for our schedule. We'll see how it goes...



After-school patrol at Summit Central.

« Last Edit: 04/23/08, 07:25 AM by Lowell_Skoog » Logged
GregSimon
Member
Offline

Posts: 130


Re: April 22, 2008, After-School Patrol at Snoqualmie
« Reply #1 on: 04/23/08, 09:14 AM »

Very cool.  My son started his "earn your turns" life at age 10, skinning up at Alpental after the lifts closed.  Even at that age, he was faster than I was going down.  Now, at 15, he's faster going up, too.

Some of his favorite outings as a just-starting-out BC skier:
- The Sourdough chute-fest at Sunrise in late June:  He loved the idea of joining the adult after-party
- Nisqually Chute at Paradise: We have a tradition of doing this on or near Father's day
Logged
Dave_R
Member
Offline

Posts: 132


Re: April 22, 2008, After-School Patrol at Snoqualmie
« Reply #2 on: 04/23/08, 09:06 PM »

Hey Lowell,
Brett's not quite a newbie anymore but would be up for some apres-school action one of these Tuesdays provided his homework load was light.  We'll see.  It'd be fun to check out the recent additions to Tom's ski equipment museum, though it'll be hard to beat the figls and ramers from last June...
-Dave


* Old_Skoog_sm.JPG (89.51 KB, 800x600 - viewed 790 times.)
Logged
Paul_Russell
Member
Offline

Posts: 236


Re: April 22, 2008, After-School Patrol at Snoqualmie
« Reply #3 on: 04/25/08, 07:09 PM »

"Old Skoog" has gotten hip, and now skis super fat black crows...Tom would be proud of his new dude dad  Wink


* dude_dad.jpg (35.68 KB, 350x462 - viewed 595 times.)
« Last Edit: 04/25/08, 07:29 PM by Paul_Russell » Logged
Pages: [1] | Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  



Login with username, password and session length

Thank you to our sponsors!
click to visit our sponsor: Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
click to visit our sponsor: Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
click to visit our sponsor: Second Ascent
Second Ascent
click to visit our sponsor: American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
click to visit our sponsor: Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service
Contact turns-all-year.com

Turns All Year Trip Reports ©2001-2010 Turns All Year LLC. All Rights Reserved

The opinions expressed in posts are those of the poster and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Trip Reports administrators or Turns All Year LLC


Turns All Year Trip Reports | Powered by SMF 1.0.6.
© 2001-2005, Lewis Media. All Rights Reserved.