my Mountain News

There's fun in the snow!

Mon, 23/01/2012 - 8:49 am

Snow is piling up in the Cascades and there are several options for winter activities.

By Mark Yuasa Seattle Times staff reporter

Full Article HERE

Snowfall accumulations in the Cascades were unbelievable the past few days, but getting there is the tough part for skiers and snowboarders, with avalanche warnings posted through Thursday.

Powder depths have ranged from 10 to 26 inches and more heavy snowfall is expected in the coming days.

The Crystal Mountain Resort Triple Crown of Washington State's Junior Freeride Championship is Saturday, plus Feb. 11 and April 21.

The event is open to male and female skiers and snowboarders ages 11 to 18. There will be a limited number of slots available. Registration will be done online, and is $85. Ski terrain used for the event will be Throne, Elk Chutes, the King, Silver Basin and Bear Pits. For details, visit www.crystalmountainresort.com.

The Chicks on Sticks 8KM cross-country ski event is at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 29, hosted by the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club. The event is open to women only of all ski abilities, and proceeds will be donated to The Wellness Place in Wenatchee, which provides services to breast cancer patients. Participants can skate or classic ski, and snowshoes are also allowed. For details, visit www.skileavenworth.com.

At the Summit at Snoqualmie, the A-Rob's Smash Life Banked Slalom event will be held Saturday at Alpental, and benefits Aaron Robinson, who recently passed away from a snowboarding accident in the backcountry of Chile. There are 150 slots open. To register, email SummitSmashLifeBanked@gmail.com.

The Summit at Snoqualmie's Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Benefit Week is Saturday through Jan. 27. Donate $1 or $5 onto the price of a lift ticket or purchase at any ticket window, rental, retail, food and beverage outlet, lesson and guest service area. All proceeds will go to LLS. Every $5 ribbon purchased will enter the buyer into a raffle for a 2012-2013 Big S Unlimited Season Pass. For details, visit www.summitatsnoqualmie.com.

The Mission Ridge Night Skiing, Mountain Music Festival and Twilight Snowshoe event is at 4 p.m. Saturday. Chair 4 will be open for night skiing and snowboarding for $15. There will be live music, and the twilight snowshoe trek guided by the Mission Ridge Patrol will meet at 5 p.m. in front of the Hampton Lodge. For details, visit www.missionridge.com.

Also, the Mission Ridge Ski Team's Apple Cup Invitational Junior Ski Race is this weekend. For details, visit www.mrst.us.

The Mount Baker Ski Area is hosting the Snow Safety Awareness & Introduction to Transceiver Use on Saturday, and also Jan. 29, Feb. 11 and Feb. 26. The course is a classroom and outdoors course on backcountry safety, decision-making and companion rescue. The Legendary Banked Slalom Event is Feb. 10. For details, visit www.mtbaker.us.

The Burton Demo Day is Saturday at the base of the Stevens Pass Resort. For details, visit www.burton.com.

Two ski areas are offering the American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education Level 1 Avalanche Course, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 13-15 and March 16-18 at the Stevens Pass Resort, and Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 10-12 at Hurricane Ridge Ski Area.

Cost is $295 at Hurricane Ridge and $300 at Stevens Pass. For details of the Hurricane Ridge event, call 360-302-1601 or email info@pacificalpineguides.com. For details of the Stevens Pass event, visit www.ridestevenspass.com.

The White Pass Ski Area's Top of the Hill Adult Workshop is 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 10 and March 24. The workshop offers skiers and snowboarders over age 18 the opportunity to improve their technique, and is open for novice to expert levels. Cost is $65 per day and $250 for the entire series.

The Kids Clinic offers skiing or snowboarding for ages 5 to 12, with lunch, snacks and lift tickets included. Dates are Jan. 28-29, Feb. 11-12, Feb. 25-26, March 10-11 and March 24-25. For details on both events, visit http://skiwhitepass.com.

The Big White Resort in British Columbia is offering a Downhill Divas package that includes a two-day Edge Camp hosted by Edith Rozsa, Big White's top pro instructor. Participants will receive a welcome basket, private shopping at Edith Boutique, a massage and choice of private boot camp or yoga class. The two-night package is $660. For details, visit www.bigwhite.com.

The Silver Star Mountain Resort in British Columbia has a new heli-skiing program. Guests can also pick up tips by taking a few powder lessons from the Snowsport School before heading up the hillsides. For details, visit

Other upcoming slopeside activities:

• Crystal Mountain Resort has a special offer through Jan. 31 — buy five ski passes and save $50. The five day "GO Card" is transferable, but only one ticket can be used daily. Also, Crystal's Military Appreciation Day offers half-price lift tickets by bringing a valid Military or Department of Defense ID. For details, visit www.crystalmountainresort.com.

• A special at Mission Ridge for sixth graders provides a Basic Season Pass for $20 plus tax. For details, visit www.missionridge.com.

• Red Mountain Resort has a Discover Skiing and Snowboarding Safely special that includes a two-hour lesson, full rental package and lift ticket for $59. The Kids Ski Free package for kids 12 and younger is offered with every adult day ticket purchased. For details, visit www.redresort.com.

• The 49 Degrees North 2-fer-Tuesdays continues through April 8. Stop by a participating Papa Murphy's in Spokane, Colville, Hayden and Post Falls to pick up a voucher good for two tickets for the price of one. For details, visit www.ski49n.com.

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or myuasa@seattletimes.com