Blue Bird Conditions for Avy Students!
With a winter full of incredible skiing, knee deep powder days, and bottomless snow packs, what could possibly make a weekend of skiing any better? BLUE BIRD!!! That’s right, this past weekend’s avalanche class not only enjoyed the benefits of some fun skiing, but also two beautiful days in the Mt. Rainier backcountry. MM guide Dallas Glass checks in with some news about some great students and mid-winter powder skiing.
What Rainier trip report would be complete without a photo of the mountain? Mt. Rainier, in all its mid-winter glory, made this wonderful day all the more special. Dallas Glass photo
“I remember my first avalanche class, we sat inside for hours on end, lecture after lecture, and then when we did head to the field, we spent hours sitting in a snow pit looking at crystal types and trying to fix broken snow density gauges. We definitely didn’t do much skiing. A lot has changed in avalanche education over the past several years. We still have inside lectures and we still dig a few snow pits, but we also like to get out there and enjoy the mountains and remember what brought us to this class in the first place: playing in the snow. As the group gathered in evo Ski and Board shop’s conference room, you could tell this group would be exciting in the mountains. Avalanche classes bringing together people from all walks of life into one room with one big item in common, our love for winter.
Making some observations to help us plan for our Sunday ski day. MM Students spend some time in the snow. Dallas Glass photo
Jason Slye photo
“After laying our foundation with some information about terrain, the snowpack, and backcountry teamwork, the group was ready to move out into the field and get neck deep in snow. We were not disappointed. Saturday on Mt. Rainier dawned in what would be my first blue sky ski day of the year. The group started the day with huge grins and a couple hundred feet of skiing before settling in for some serious learning. Several of us found ourselves all too literally waist deep in the snow as we were reminded how much fresh had fallen in the past few weeks. It was tough to stay focused as we saw other recreationist out playing in the snow, but everyone buckled down to insure Sunday would be our day to get after it.
Can you say “Blue Bird”? Stopping to discuss some recent snow observation and of course what line to ski. Jason Slye photo
All smiles! Nothing better than enjoying the rewards of good observations, good planning, and a great ski day. Jason Slye photo
“As we left Paradise parking lot Saturday evening, a fresh few inches of snow was falling and we wondered if the clear sky forecast for Sunday would come true. Well, Sunday morning it was time to break out the shades and sun screen! Without a cloud in the sky our two touring groups set out the backcountry with a beautiful mid-winter Mt Rainier towering over our heads. The groups previous day’s observations and careful tour planning were paying off as we found great stable snow to ski. This is where I feel avalanche education has really changed; what better way to apply our newly acquired skills than to go skiing together? And ski we did, getting in a respectable 2000’ of powder skiing before we needed to head back to our cars. Sharing a bluebird ski day with new friends, learning new skills, and coming home safe; who could ask for more?”
~ MM Guide Dallas Glass
Dallas bringing up the rear after a great day of skiing. Jason Slye photo