We have had a great start to the BC season here in the North Cascades. Lots of folks got out to enjoy the skiing near Heather Pass in early November when the highway was still open. But things have changed now:
Snow Depth 47" at WA Pass site and 58" at Hart's Pass site.
Highway 20 closed at Silver Star Gate but highway is well plowed to that point.
Good snow coverage and easy snowmobile riding on Hwy 20 to Blue Lake and beyond. Avalanche debris piles are mellow.
Harts Pass Rd has been packed by sled-necks.
Rain crust up to about 6,200' and west aspects were wind hammered.
Delancy ridge is NOT good - breakable crust above unconsolidated.
Good skiing has been found on easterly aspects like Portly Bowl. No reports from Hairpin yet - stay tuned.
Bottom line is you will need a sled to get the goods and look for areas protected from westerly winds. Its a good start but can't say its epic yet. Hope for more snow!
Does the recent snow get you thinking of ski season? We have been busy receiving all of the new 2015 backcountry ski products at the Goat's Beard. Some notable items:
Remember, we are the valley's best option for boot molding, binding mounts, and float cartridge refills. Special pricing offered when purchasing equipment from the GB!
Fall has arrived in the Methow Vally! The leaves are turning yellow, the larch are gold, and the ground cover is red. The days have been spectacular with highs in the 60's and 70's and lows below freezing up high and 40's on the valley floor. This is my favorite time of year for backpacking, hiking, climbing, and biking. No more smoke, no more sweating on the uphills. Come by and rent a bike and ride through yellow cottonwoods or pick up the new climbing supplements for the Matrix and the new granite crags Bryan has developed! Lots of new fall clothing has arrived and backcountry equipment will be here soon including the new DPS Tour1 skis!
Temperatures are dropping and the larch trees are beginning to turn yellow. It's an exciting time of year when we can find perfect temperatures for climbing on the valley floor or going on the epic long bike rides. Hiking up at Maple Pass or Harts Pass is spectacular now! If you haven't been to the new crag The Matrix, now is the time with afternoon sun and beautiful views. Our new website here has the mini-guides available for sale. Mazama Rock will now be in color and those are available here too!
We have new fall clothing showing up each week now. Prana and Carve are here and Ibex will be showing up soon. Dynafit bindings and boots will ship on the 15th too and we've already done our first ski mounts of the year. That's thinking ahead and we love it!
We are open from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and 8am-6pm Saturday-Sunday.
Mazama has a new climbing crag!
Summer at the Goat's Beard: