Snow Day

Spring is officially here- but I managed to make it through the entire winter without enjoying a single day on the ski slopes. I had to go at least once so I made it happen on Friday. Not a whole lot to say about this; a beautiful day up at Mount Baker with partly sunny skies and about 4″ of new snow to start the day. After my break for lunch, I spent some time photographing Mount Shuksan before the clouds swallowed it whole. The afternoon brought the snowy weather back and eventually the expansive views completely disappeared. The ski area shut down at about 4pm and before I headed home, I stopped off at Hannigan Pass Road. I hoped to check out a particular spot overlooking the North Fork Nooksack River where Mount Shuksan is visible. The mountain wasn’t visible but I did experience a crazy snow squall that passed through my location despite the presence of sunshine. Very cool experience! A great day and just what I needed..
Mount Shuksan and the White Salmon Creek valley from the Mount Baker Ski Area
Clouds drifting over Shuksan Arm
Shadow and sunlight on Mount Shuksan's lower slopes beneath Winnies Slide
Mount Shuksan summit pyramid and clouds
Snow squall and sunshine along the North Fork Nooksack River
Snow squall and sunshine along the North Fork Nooksack River
Snow squall and sunshine along the North Fork Nooksack River
Snow squall and sunshine along the North Fork Nooksack River
I also put together a little snowboarding video from my day on the slopes which you can view here:

2 Responses to Snow Day
  1. Wesley Picotte

    Nice, Steve. I know that spot on the Hannigan Pass road really well.

    Have you ever gotten up towards the glacier in winter? Something I’ve wanted to do, but haven’t attempted as of yet.

    • Steve Cole

      Hey Wesley!

      Which spot are you talking about? Nooksack Cirque? Ruth Peak? Either way, the answer is no. 🙂

      I’ve made a few trips up the Ruth Creek valley to Hannigan Pass and Peak and during one very low snow year, I hiked up the Nooksack Cirque trail looking for the crossing location for the way trail up to Price Lake. A friend of mine has expressed interest in that bushwhack up to Price Lake so that may be on the list of destinations this summer.