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Blewett Pass Trip Update and Itinerary

  • Friday, December 18, 2015 5:40 PM
    Message # 3709511

    Ski Buddies Blewett Pass Trip

    January 29-31, 2016

    (Your RSVP is requested for the Parlour Car Bistro – see below)

    Join Ski Buddies for a weekend of cross country skiing, back-country skiing or snowshoeing atop beautiful Blewett Pass.  Tons of snow on Blewett this year; the snowpack is 112% of normal - it will be gorgeous up there!

    The non-motorized winter recreation areas of Blewett Pass provide a unique, high-country environment for snow sports under the eastern Washington sun.

    Check out photos of Blewett: https://joebeckerphoto.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/snow-seeker/150119_blewett_7710/ 

    Check out the map at: http://parks.state.wa.us/459/Blewett-I-90#Blewett%20Pass

    When:  Friday, January 29 to Sunday, January 31, 2016

    Location: Blewett Pass non-motorized snowparks - summit of Blewett Pass, WA.  Lodging and dining in Cle Elum, WA.

    Make your own lodging reservations in Cle Elum.  Trip Advisor lodging suggestions for Cle Elum:  Best Western Snocap, Chalet Motel or Aster Inn. Iron Horse Inn B&B in South Cle Elum.



    Friday, January 29, 2016 - 7:30 pm - Group cocktails and weekend planning – The Parlour Car Bistro at 105 Pennsylvania Ave in Cle Elum. (Cle Elum’s lesbian owned dining and drinking establishment!)

    Saturday, January 30, 2016 – Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing or Backcountry skiing atop beautiful Blewett Pass!  We will meet outside the Parlour Car at 8:15 am and drive up to the pass.

    Saturday Evening, January 30, 2016 – 6:30 pm cocktails and 7:00 pm group dinner at the Parlour Car Bistro.

    Sunday, January 31, 2016 – Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing or Backcountry skiing at Blewett Pass, Suncadia, Salmon La Sac or the Summit at Snoqulmie – take your pick!

    Please RSVP to Craig Mabie at craigdoug15@msn.com for both Friday night cocktails and Saturday night dinner as I need to give the restaurant a count.
  • Monday, December 28, 2015 1:34 PM
    Reply # 3722519 on 3709511

    I have a second Queen Bed in the room I've reserved at the Econo Lodge.  So if you are looking for lodging - both Friday and Saturday nights - get in touch.

  • Thursday, January 21, 2016 6:44 PM
    Reply # 3774436 on 3709511

    Hi Craig,i think Tom and I will head up there on Saturday,but not sure we can be there by 0815 as 4me,i work a full day on Friday,and live in Graham. But its likely i'll be there,with all my gear. Curious to,i have AT gear and skins.Can you give me any details on how far of trek plus elevation gain by chance? Thanx Paul

  • Friday, January 22, 2016 9:04 AM
    Reply # 3775606 on 3709511

    Hi Paul:

    Thanks for coming on the Blewett trip!

    To answer your question about the trek, the distance and elevation gain will depend on avalanche conditions on the day of the trip.  I always put safety first!  If avalanche conditions are stable, we will go up to the top of the ridge. That would be about a 1,500 to 2,000 foot elevation gain and 6 to 9 miles roundtrip, depending where on the ridge we stop.  If avalanche danger is high and we do not go to the ridge, we will remain in the Tronsen Meadow area or go to the Wenatchee Ridge area.  Those trips are about 500 feet of elevation gain and anywhere from 2 to six miles roundtrip.  

    I know that several people are intending to skin and ski (myself included) unless avalanche conditions are too high, then we might just snowshoe.

    Hope that answers your questions - if not, feel free to ask away.  I also hope that you can make the 8:15am rendezvous time so that you can join the group.

    I have a favor to ask.  Could you please go the http://www.skibuddies.org/event-2103475 and register for the trip - thanks!  Also, will you be attending the group dinner on Saturday night?  Please let me know as I am trying to give the restaurant a head count.

    You mentioned Tom - who is that?  Is he registered for the trip and will he be joining in the dinner as well?

    Thanks and see you soon!


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