Saturday, January 12, 2013

Cold Powder and Avalanche Rescue Training

After a big warming event earlier this week it quickly cooled off and snowed, bringing 6-9 inches of unusually dry powder snow to the cascades.  Friday evening Molly and I skied with a friend at Stevens Pass. We primary stayed to the groomed runs but we could tell the snow was dry and light.

Today I met up with five other Seattle Mountain Rescue folks at Snoqualmie Pass for some backcountry skiing and avalanche rescue refresher training.  It was one of those remarkable winter days that doesn't come often to the cascades: fresh powder, blue skies, and a stable snow pack. Our ski tour took us up to the base of Chair Peak and then down rolling slopes to Snow Lake where we looped back to Alpental Valley.  What a great tour!
Skiing At Stevens Pass

Beacon search practice
Alpental Valley
Chair Peak
Heading back across Snow Lake

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