The Summit at Snoqualmie will host the first U.S. edition of the Ride Shakedown snowboarding competition. The event will be March 12-13 at Summit West.
Now one of Canada’s largest snowboarding events, the Ride Shakedown attracts international snowboarders hoping to showcase their talent. The Summit stop will include $35,000 in prize money. Among the competitors will be Summit at Snoqualmie team rider Austin Hironaka.
• The Mount Tahoma Trails Association reports its snowpack has dwindled in recent weeks. The Web site – www. skimtta.org – report said: “Our snow base is completely gone below 3,800 feet. In the North District, the only good skiing is within a mile of Copper Creek Hut, and above the Hut. In the South District, the snow is probably skiable after one mile from the parking lot. The trail to the yurt has a lot of good skiing.”
• The staff at Mount Rainier National Park is waiting for more snow before grooming a second run at the Paradise snowplay area.
“One run rather than two minimizes the chance of damaging trees and vegetation below the snowpack on the meadows,” chief ranger Chuck Young said.
“Unfortunately we continue to get mild temperatures, some rain and little additional snow to add to the snowpack,” he added.
Avalanche conditions are low to moderate and are expected to remain that way until late in the weekend. The forecast calls for light to moderate rain or snow, with increased precipitation by Sunday.
Jeffrey P. Mayor, The News Tribune