Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wallowas up and up.

After a stormy few days and an unstable snow pack we were finally able to gain the ridge to top. It gave us many vertical feet back to the car, which is far below down the fall line.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wallowas part two; Joseph

In every state there seems to be a Little Switzerland. If you want the real experience follow this sign 8428 kilometers. However, in the unknown Eastern region of Oregon there is a zone that while not the Alps is very conducive to powder turns. Stay tuned.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Massive Avalanche at Mount Hood Meadows

A massive event slide into Heather Canyon. It released on its own early in the morning of March 11th. It is hard to visualize the size of it from the crown, but the fact that it slid to bare ice over a half-mile wide swath gives you an indication of the amount of energy released.

The flow of powder and rock hard snow chunks slid right past Heather Canyon Lift.

The tongue of the avalanche went into the narrows filling the valley with at least 30 feet of snow.

When compared to a human the slide could be mistaken for a glacier.