Monday, February 20, 2006

Jove Peak

Jove Peak, WA
February 18-20, 2006

Presidents Day Weekend brought a forecast for very clear, very cold weather. We thought it would be fun to do an overnight trip, but not anything too crazy, so we decided to go into Jove Peak. Jove is near Stevens Pass on Hwy 2, and is usually done as a day trip, but we did it in three days because we're just.. that.. hard.. core.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Nisqually Chutes

Mt Rainier, WA
Nisqually Chutes
February 11, 2006

Nisqually Chutes Feb 06

Day trip to Rainier to ski the Nisqually Chutes. The Chutes start mid-way up the Muir Snowfield and descend at 30-40 degrees for about 1500 feet down to the lateral moraine of the Nisqually Glacier. This was a great weekend for this route because the mid-winter snowpack allowed skiing all the way to the bridge near the Narada Falls parking lot, and the weather had been clear for a few days allowing the snow to settle until it was nice and firm. On the way up, we were a little concerned because the snow was so icey, but when we got into the chutes, the significant change in slope angle caused the sun's rays to hit at a more direct angle and it warmed into perfect corn.