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kevino

kevino's Alpental updates

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Since I live up here at Alpental and plan to get out quite a bit this winter I figured I'd make a thread with current skiing and climbing conditions for all those that are curious. Hopefully it'll be helpful to some people. Enjoy.

 

11/3/2001

First significant snowfall at Snoqualmie Pass. 1-2" down low, with 4-5" higher up (~5k). Hiked up to Red Mtn Pass. Sun breaks and snow flurries continued throughout the day. Most of the snow has melted out around 3k but Chair Peak still looks great from my window.

 

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This was taken at Red Pond to give you an idea for depth

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Wait Kevino.... You're telling me that I don't have to needlessly drive up to Alpental to check on conditions anymore? All I have to do is go to CC.com and check the kevino's Alpental updates thread? What a great contribution to the site. Please do tell us when you go solo the Source Lake Line!

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Trace new snow today. No ice forming on Alpental I-IV - not that I would have expected any.

 

This wasn't at alpental, but it sure was awesome!

 

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We went to the Rap wall on Friday. 4 or so inches in the Source Lake basin. terrible travel on snowy talus. There are some icicles forming up in those parts already, but they're far from climbable. No idea on the Snoq itself Wayne.

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Haven't been around the pass the last couple days. Will get out this afternoon and tomorrow and see whats cooking. It did warm up a bit but we'll see whats happening.

 

I'll leave with a couple partying shots from Rainier yesterday:

 

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Some pictures of Chair, ice forming at the end of alpental valley and silver pk. About 3-4" around catherine and silver. 5-6" above source lake. This will all change over the next several days with the forecasted snow...

 

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Can I request a conditions report for the ice around Source Lake? I'm hoping it will fatten a bit with the cold snap this week...

 

Appreciate any beta on conditions. :tup:

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2 inches of snow in the X38 parking lots, and you can pretty much call it 2' at the top of chair 2. There's a good chance it will be double that by Friday!

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11/16/2011: OFFICIAL UPDATE

 

 

SSSSSSSSNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

 

WILL REPORT BACK WITH MORE DETAILS SINCE I JUST WOKE UP.

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Quite possible for a mon or tues chair 2 opening.

 

Iv'e heard rumors of the weekend, but my feeling is it will be later than that.

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my neighbor tells me west for sure on saturday..

 

alpy needs more snow down low. too many bumps and bushes sticking out.

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oh and as far as official report today:

 

POWDER AND FACESHOTS AT HYAK.

 

MAYBE SOME OF THE FACESHOTS WERE INDUCED BY THE WIND BUT IT STILL KICKED ASS

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Im looking foward to seeing what Wednesday morning will look like after the smoke clears... Today was quite a bit different than forecasted. Snowing steady from 9-1pm when I left. I can't speak for this afternoon and evening- Kevin?

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Sorry I have kind of been absent.

 

Was in spokane fri evening through saturday.

 

On sunday went and climbed some ice on alpental I and IV. Enough to boulder around on.

 

Monday went and skied deep pow in the Big three area above source lake. The new snow was creating a reactive top slab layer

 

Tuesday, ended up snowing all day, albeit very heavy. Still added up to near 19" over the past 36 hours. Hyak still skied very fun.

 

Sometime around 8 pm last night it turned to rain and is still currently raining. Will report back how things are looking this afternooon.

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Can I request a conditions report for the ice around Source Lake? I'm hoping it will fatten a bit with the cold snap this week...

 

Appreciate any beta on conditions. :tup:

 

When I was up near the area on monday not much ice had grown since my last pictures. However take that with a grain of salt because everything was plastered white.

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