North Cascades Conditions Update: Winter is not over yet!
Winter is not over yet in the North Cascades. During last week's warm up, we experienced a significant avalanche cycle but have hit the reset button with over 2 feet of new in the past 6 days and another foot forecasted for Friday 2-19. Here are the details:
•Hwy 20 is still closed at the Early Winter's gate 2 miles west of Mazama. WA DOT groomed the highway to the overlook at WA Pass to fix the weather station so t...he road is in great shape.
•Snow depth is around 110" at 5,450' and ski penetration was over 1' on Thursday Feb. 18. It isn't blower low density but conditions above 6,000' are soft, deep, and excellent! Below 6,000' we have seen a crust layer but that may be buried by the foot of new snow forecasted for Friday. As always, check NWAC for avalanche conditions.
•Harts Pass also has around 110" base depth but the road is very bumpy from heavy snowmobile traffic.
•The lowland/front country skiing is probably done given all the valley rain but if we get another shot of low snow, there is still a solid base.
•Methow Trails have survived a couple days of rain (which actually made the skate skiing very fast and fun!) and have 3-7" of snow forecasted for Friday 2-19. Both skating and classic skiing are great with perfect firm platforms.
We have great cross country and AT rental's including Voile, DPS, and Ski Logik with Dynafit or Fritschi Vipec bindings. Stop by or give us a call to discuss getting you out on your next adventure!
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