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December 20, 2017

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Holiday Conditions Update December 2017

The snow finally came!  Here are the details:

Highway 20 is still plowed to Silverstar gate 7 miles west of Mazama.

The high country received between 2-3 feet of snow in the past 2 days and conditions are DEEP!  Backcountry skiers were finding a weak layer within the new storm snow and it was even stepping down to a crust layer.  Avalanches were running naturally as well as skier triggered.  Be sure to read up on the NWAC report and be conservative while these layers settle out. 

Delancy Ridge is accessible from the Silverstar Gate parking and allows for BC skiing without a snowmobile.

All of the Methow Trails in Mazama are now groomed and open with good skate and classic tracks.

Hart's Pass is open and good for snowmobile traffic.

There is some ice forming in Mazama.  The Standard and Gate Creek both have ice as well as the Czech Gully.  I'm not saying its fat and getting climbed a lot but ice is forming and if temps are as forecasted (cold!) this week then we'll be climbing ice for Christmas.

The snow is slow and soft for fat biking at the moment but I'm sure conditions will improve as the compaction increases and temps drop.

The Goat's Beard has everything you need for your winter adventures from the latest AT boots, bindings, skins, beacons, shovels, and the best skis from DPS and Voile.  

Micki has curated an excellent collection of clothing for your everyday wear and great outdoor and nordic apparel.  We have fun new base layers from Kari Traa and all of our Ibex is 25% off!

Stop by or call and we can help plan your winter vacation.

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December 16, 2017

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December Conditions Update - Get Ready for It!!

While December has not proven to be big on snow so far, things look to be changing!

The forecast is calling for 3-4 feet of snow above 3500' and 6-12" on the valley floor by Tuesday December 19!  Just in time for the holidays!  Here are the details:

Conditions Report for Mazama December 16, 2017

Hwy 20 remains plowed to Silverstar Gate, 7 miles west of Mazama.

Snow depth's at WA Pass have shrunk but the settled base is still skiing pretty well.  Shaded areas out of the wind are skiing the best. 

Delancy Ridge is accessible without a snowmobile and folks have reported good skiing up high on the ridge and the alder at the bottom is navigable.

Hart's Pass also has good skiing although reports say the road is bumpy.

Snow conditions are very stable but be cautious after the next round of snow as a surface hoar layer has been observed low in the valleys as well as well as in at 6000'.

Methow Trails has been doing an amazing job of grooming the little snow we currently have.  Mazama has several trails open including Inn Run, Goat Wall Loop, Flagg Mtn Loop, and the Community Trail to the Freestone.  Things should improve and be expanded with a bit more snow.

Klipchuck campground has been groomed for classic and skate and, although it isn't a long ski, it has great conditions.

Sun Mountain and the Rendezvous both have quality nordic skiing now too.

Snowshoer's can enjoy a tromp through the trees toward Cedar Falls off Hwy 20.

We've got something for everyone on your list this season from beautiful clothing to the latest backcountry ski gear.  Stop by the Goat's Beard for what you need this winter season.

 

November 10, 2017

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November 2017

Conditions Update for Mazama as of November 18, 2017

Highway 20 is closed for the season.  This means Mazama is back to that quaint hamlet at the end of the road!  Time to switch gears and start thinking of winter - here's what we know:

There isn't currently enough snow to nordic ski anywhere on the valley floor and Methow Trails is not grooming yet.  Hoping for some snow in Mazama just before Thanksgiving - keeping our fingers crossed for a bunch!

Highway 20 will remain open to the Silverstar Gate 7 miles west of Mazama.

Highway 20 has enough snow over the pavement to ski and snowmobile as of November 18.  It is thin down low and gets deeper and better as you approach Cutthroat.

Good backcountry ski conditions were reported after this last storm although coverage was thin at the lower elevations.  Another foot or two should open a lot of terrain and that is what is in the forecast for this week!

It will be worth digging in the snow after the next storm event as we have had a shallow snowpack with cold temperatures and some crusts that may have facets buried.  The next storm looks to be warm and wet which could stress the lower density layers below.

Fat biking is prime on most valley trails including the Community Trail, Jack's Trail, and even places like Buck Mountain.  Call for rentals!

Spokane Gulch, Driveway Butte, and Cedar Creek have been the local's choices for hiking with minimal snow coverage.

The Goat's Beard has been gearing up for winter and we have the latest in backcountry skis, boots, bindings, and avalanche packs.  We offer a 15% discount on package purchases and free mounting if you buy the skis or bindings from us which is a $60 value!  If you do a price comparison, you will find we complete very closely with online sales!

And Micki has selected an amazing assortment of clothing this winter.  Stop by to see the super fun Kari Traa line from Norway!

 

July 16, 2017

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Summer 2017

Summer 2017 is in full swing and all is well!

All trails are open and free enough from snow for hikers and bikers.

  • Maple Pass has some snow on the Rainy Lake side of the loop but is highly recommended!
  • Harts Pass Rd and the PCT and other trails are in great shape and flowers are blooming!
  • Cutthroat Pass is mostly free of snow and is open for mountain bikers!
  • Blue Lake is snow free and inviting for a dip!
  • West Fork of Methow is ok to Trout Creek but is overgrown beyond the broken bridge.
  • All access to climbs on Spires on WA Pass can be done without axes or crampons.
  • Bring bug spray - mosquitoes are out!

Stop by the Shop for gear, clothing, and information for your next adventure!

April 29, 2017

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May 2017 - Spring is Slowly Setting In!

May 2017 in the Methow Conditions Update
Spring has been slow to arrive in Mazama but the forecast is calling for high pressure and warm sunshine next week.  Here is the latest:
  • Highway 20 is closed 7 miles west of Mazama at the Silverstar Gate.  Crews have made it to within 2 miles of WA Pass and are predicting they will open the highway for Memorial Day weekend.
  • Road bikers will have access to the highway beyond the gate Friday-Sunday but the DOT is requesting people stay out while they are working.
  • Backcountry skiers can easily access Silverstar from the gate or will need to ride up the highway with their equipment.  We have not seen a true spring consolidation as of the end of April so expect crusts and punchy snow until we see a proper melt-freeze cycle.
  • Climbers have dry conditions at Fun Rock, the Matrix, Goat Wall, Europa, and the Chewuch crags.  There is no easy access to the alpine climbing on WA Pass while the highway is closed.
  • Hikers are limited to south aspects and lower elevations.  Good options include Spokane Gulch in Mazama, Driveway Butte, West Fork Methow, Pipestone Canyon, Sun Mountain, Patterson Mountain, etc...
  • Roads are still closed to Goat Peak and Hart's Pass.
  • Mountain Bikers have good conditions at Lewis Butte/Riser Lake, Sun Mountain, the nordic trails around Mazama and lower sections of Virginia Ridge.  Buck Mountain and Rendezvous Basin still have snow but may be ready in the next couple weeks.
  • We are doing a La Sportiva running shoe Demo with Cascade Endurance.  Check out the fleet on Friday evening May 5 and try them out on a group run 9am Sunday May 7 at the Goat's Beard

As always, give us a call if you have questions or updates for us.  We hope to see lots of you for the Sunflower Relay May 6!

April 02, 2017

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April in Mazama

Spring is in sight but still a bit in the distance.  Here's what's happening around Mazama and the Goat's Beard this April:

Cascade Endurance will join us in a La Sportiva running shoe demo.  Shoes will be available to demo Friday evening May 5 during the Sunflower Relay packet pickup. 

Cascade Endurance will then do a free group run with the La Sportiva demo shoes on Sunday April 7 at 9am from the Goat's Beard.  Runners of all abilities are welcome.  This is just a fun chance to stretch your legs, demo some shoes, and meet new friends.

WSDOT will begin clearing Highway 20 on April 10.  We expect them to make quick progress and open the highway to the Silverstar gate that week.  However, they have predicted a late opening beyond the gate.

Backcountry skiing will be available from the Silverstar gate which may give some corn turns on Delancy if you get up there soon.  Silverstar will also be an option before the gate opens.  We have a few pairs of backcountry rental skis for sale at the shop including a pair of DPS Wailer 112 Pure 3 178cm with Dynafit bindings and BD skins for $1099!

Bikers will be allowed to ride the highway beyond the gate only on Friday-Sunday this year.

As of April 2, we still have snow on the ground in Mazama and today is the last day Methow Trails will groom the nordic tracks.

Climbers have been seen at Fun Rock and I'm also guessing The Matrix is climbable in the sun.  Both crags may have some dripping sections but we are close to climbing season!  You would need snowshoes to reach the matrix and I'd bring a tarp to keep your things out of the snow.

We will remain open everyday from 9-5 during this season of transition and we are receiving new clothing and gear for summer activities each week.  Stop by or give us a call if you have questions about conditions around Mazama!

 

 

February 08, 2017

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Mid-Winter 2017 Update

Update for February 2017
Well it was fun while it lasted but the DOT finally stopped plowing Highway 20 west of Mazama to Silverstar Gate.  The highway is now closed at the Early Winters gate a couple miles west of the Mazama Junction.  Here is the latest update:
  • Highway 20 closed at Early Winters so skiers wanting to ski along the highway corridor will require a snowmobile, North Cascades Mountain Guides, or a lot of stamina.  Guided trips can be set up through NCMG at www.ncmountainguides.com
  • As of February 8, all low-land/front country skiing is in good shape.  Give us a call to get more information but Cougar Mtn, Aspen Lake, Sandy Butte, etc... are all skiing well with good coverage.  If you didn't bring your gear, we have an excellent selection of fantastic AT skis, boots, skins, etc... Rental packages start at $65/day.
  • The Methow Trails nordic trails are in fantastic shape with perfect grooming daily.  See the grooming report at www.methowtrails.org.
  • This ice climbing season saw the ascent of the Goat's Beard (WI 6) by two more parties.  We think that is about 10-12 people who have now climbed our namesake!  It isn't in condition now but several of the other climbs along the Goat Wall are still in shape.
  • Mazama now has 4.7 miles of Fat Bike single track.  Stop by for rentals ($35 for half day and $45 for full day)
  • NC Heli is in full operation and can give you a truly amazing ski experience.  Check out www.heli-ski.com for more info.
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