Dec 16th, 2012 | By rob

Photo from Kendall Chute

Followed a skin track up Commonwealth basin onto Kendall and up near the ridge. We got a reasonably late start and were surprised by how few people there were - opening day at Alpental must lured folks away. First lap down upper Kendall was fantastic, with blower pow. On the second lap we...

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Location: Kendall Peak

Jun 10th, 2012 | By rob

Photo from Old Snowy Mountain, Goat Rocks

Not having much luck with forest service roads, Trevor and I hit snow on the road well before we expected to. Trevor had even called the Forest Service prior to our trip, but their information was obviously inaccurate. We breifly discussed our options, as it was a long ways to our destination...

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Location: Old Snowy Mountain

Mar 17th, 2012 | By rob

Photo from Big Trees

Rankin, Mike, Stefan and I debated various options for a tour on the drive up to Snoqualmie Pass. In the end, we opted to head up Alpental Valley, and possibly up to Wonder Gully depending on what conditions looked like. We were the first people in the upper lot, and laid in a skin trail up past...

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Mar 13th, 2012 | By rob

Photo from Lodge Lake

Taking advantage of Daylight Saving time, Tim and I headed out behind Central for a couple of laps down to Lodge Lake. The snow was deep and light, and Tim found a couple of fun lines to enjoy. We tried for a steeper line on the second lap, but ended up skirting East onto mellower terrain, as...

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Feb 26th, 2012 | By rob

Photo from Kendall-ish

Another high avalanche day equals another day around Kendall. Stefan and I debated going elsewhere, given the large of number of people we encountered last time on Kendall. But the lure of a already laid skin track beaconed us, and...

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Location: Kendall Peak

Jan 27th, 2012 | By rob

Photo from Kaleetan

The five of us skinned up Alpental valley with the pre-dawn light illuminating the faint backcountry tracks laid down a couple days prior. We remarked how unusual it was to be the first tracks up the valley, especially given the cloudless sky and ample powder. Reaching Bryant Col, we half joked...

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Location: Kaleetan Peak

Jan 22nd, 2012 | By rob

Photo from Kendall Trees

With avy worries fairly high, Stefan and I decided to head into the trees in search of ample powder and fresh lines. Our location must have been a wise choice, as we ran into at least eight other groups.... The snow was fantastic, and the heavy snow and winds kept us from venturing out of the...

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Location: Kendall Peak

Jan 7th, 2012 | By rob

Photo from Bullion Basin

Mike and I made the drive down to Crystal for a tour around Bullion Basin. Mike had explore the area a couple of years ago, while this was new and unchartered territory for me. We followed the skin track up to the high point above the Basin and descended back into the Basin. Skiing above 6,000ft...

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Location: Crown Point, Pickhandle Gap

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By rob

Photo from North Side of Kendall

Mike and I took the scenic route up across Coal Creek and through Kendall Lakes. A group had attained the ridge before us, and their track veered right towards the double barrelled chutes, so we went left. We scouted a couple of ways down, all of which looked a little crusty - our descent was...

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Location: Kendall Peak

May 14th, 2011 | By rob

Photo from Silver Peak

Another ski season, and another tour with Tim on Silver Peak. The weather was warm, and the snow a little sloppy, but as always, a fun time out. Have to hit Silver at least once a...

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Location: Silver Peak