Friday, April 20, 2007

The Coming of Spring

Spring has arrived in the Northwest. Many of us are busy cleaning up from this winter's storms in the lowlands of Western Washington, while some are still looking over our shoulder at the mountains that surround Puget Sound. While new leaves bud and flowers bloom, April in the Cascade Mountains doesn't look any different then it might in the dead of winter. The days are longer, so the ski tours can go longer each day before darkness settles in from the east.

Last weekend, the faithful from the Washington Ski Tour Club made their annual trek up to the Scottish Lakes cabins at 5000 ft. in the Central Cascades south of Highway 2. Fresh snowfall, winds, clouds and brilliant sunshine all coalesced over the high ridges through the weekend. The great coup was the complete lack of rain.

Now its time to eye the summer ski tours - Mt. Rainier opens in under two weeks. There will be a mad dash for fresh tracks on May 5th. Hope to see you there.