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Snowboarding News | Thursday April 30, 2015 | Shared By: Karakoram

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This winter in the Pacific Northwest started late and fizzled early. It is safe to say it was a bad winter of epic proportions. Our local ski area at Snoqualmie Pass, WA saw an all time record low snowfall of just 104 inches this winter. Two of our snowiest months on average, February and March brought a combined 10 inches total. We thought last season was bad and we received about 3 times as much snowfall! On a typical season we’ll see upwards of 4, 5, even 600 inches of snowfall, and much more at higher elevations.


(Numbers gathered from: http://www.wsdot.com/winter/files/HistoricalSnowfallData1415season.pdf?v=15)


Despite all the gloom and doom, we at Karakoram have made the best of it and stayed positive. The beauty of splitboarding is that there is generally snow somewhere in our mountains and you can snowboard year-round if your willing to put in the effort. April has been a surprisingly good month for us at higher elevations. Many of the forest service roads that are typically buried under about 10 feet of snow at this time of year are free of snow. Some zones you may have to hike on a summer trail to get to. Our boards have been mangled from the low snowpack at times. However, there’s still plenty of snow to go around and if you can get out early enough in the day at this time of year you can be rewarded with some winter-like pow http://www.splitboardbindings.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" class="wp-smiley" />


Here are a few photos from some of our trips around the Pacific Northwest this past month of April.


Snoqualmie Pass, April 1st:


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2 feet of snow overnight brought our base all the way up to, well… 2 feet. Still stoked! Photo: Paul Stanley


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Little more snowpack up higher. Photo: Paul Stanley


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The Alpental backcountry with a fresh coat of white. Photo: Paul Stanley


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Smiles all around. Photo: Paul Stanley


Snoqualmie Pass, April 4th-5th:


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Paul splooshing some pow. Photo: Tyler Kloster


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Slot Couloir in 2 feet of cold, blower pow! Photo: Paul Stanley


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The Slot Couloir. Photo: Paul Stanley


Roger’s Pass and Revelstoke, British Columbia, April 11th-13th:


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Roger’s Pass looking good after some fresh snow. Photo: Paul Stanley


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Incredible riding in and out of the Revelstoke ski area. Photo: Paul Stanley


Crystal Mountain, April 15th, 2015:


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Short skin up, huge pay off


Mt. Shuksan, April 16th


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Russell and his buddy Adam roped up for glacier travel on Mt. Shuksan


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Russell’s turns down the NW Couloir on Mt. Shuksan


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North Cascades, April 17th, 2015:


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Mike boot packing Woosie Couloir


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B-E-A-utiful


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Just Chillin’


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North Cascades, April 26th, 2015:


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Tyler finding some cold smoke pow on a north facing aspect. Photo: Bryce Kloster


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Bryce wind lip slashing. Photo: Tyler Kloster


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Rob enjoying the Winter Make Up Day


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Hiking in the morning light


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Finding north facing chutes is fun. Photo: Tyler Kloster


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Take that Spring. Photo: Bryce Kloster


Snoqualmie Pass, April 26th


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Almost May and still finding good turns up high at Snoqualmie Pass. Photo: Paul Stanley


 


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