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The Paleozoics and Cenozoic of Silver Star

We’re mainly a gray brigade of ski tourers who have assembled to ski Silver Star Mountain. To prove we’re inclusive, however, we invite Cyrus Desmarais, age 24, to join us. By the end of the day Cy is seriously questioning whether he should ever ski with such paleozoics again.

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Foothills Man

I first met him on the north-facing slopes above Number Two Canyon Road. I was snowshoeing uphill through week-old snow—plodding. He was weaving parallel turns around sagebrush—gliding. When he saw me he stopped suddenly and watched. He seemed to be deciding how to how to confront this queer animal contaminating his ski run ...
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Twin Peaks - Winter Options

 

In winter, the Twin Peaks area is mainly used by a few regulars who walk dogs here or who like to visit all year long. If you come up to ski or snowshoe, you can feel a world away even though you're only a few miles from Wenatchee.
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Valhalla and More

Cathy and Drew Gaylord started backcountry skiing this year. About a tour to Lake Valhalla and Mt. McCausland, Drew writes, "Before getting into this, we had wondered if all the climbing for just one run would be worth it. We got an answer... the run we had Saturday was far better than a whole day of lift skiing."

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Confessions of Foothills Man

I met him a few miles west of Saddle Rock. I was snowshoeing uphill through a foot of week-old snow—plodding. He was weaving parallel turns through the sagebrush—gliding. He caught sight of me when we were a hundred yards apart and rounded a turn to a stop. He stood there deciding how to confront this queer animal contaminating his ski run.

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Drowning In Snow

Every winter a number of  Washington skiers and snowboarders who are enjoying our deep backcountry and off-piste snows, fall head-first into tree wells. A skier or snowboarder who ends up in this position can ‘drown’ as quickly as a person who has a cement block tied to his feet and is thrown into a river. Here's what you should know.

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Pyramid Peak Ski Tour

Those who know Dave Jaecks, recognize this retired 69-year-old doctor is a tough geezer. Recently, during a five-day winter camping trip, Dave skied up Pyramid Peak (8,240 feet), Skidgravel Peak (8,300 feet) and several no name bumps near the headwaters of the North Fork of the Entiat River. During this mid-March trip, Dave shared a two-person tent with me that was, literally, no bigger than a refrigerator box...
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Pyramid Peak Ski Tour

Those who know Dave Jaecks, recognize this retired 69-year-old doctor is a tough geezer. Recently, during a five-day winter camping trip, Dave skied up Pyramid Peak (8,240 feet), Skidgravel Peak (8,300 feet) and several no name bumps near the headwaters of the North Fork of the Entiat River. During this mid-March trip, Dave shared a two-person tent with me that was, literally, no bigger than a refrigerator box...
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Eightmile Enlightenment

Trails mirror the company we share them with. Trails can be mute cells of solitary confinement or chatty confession chambers. They can be storied trips to new corners of the world or, as we discover while skiing Eightmile Mountains, roads to Enlightenment.