It seems to be gear-nerdout season here at Wildsnow. While I’m no stranger to busting out the digital scale and calipers in search of arcane equipment details, how about a trip report for a change?
Mazama, WA is a tiny mountain town nestled on the east side of the Cascade mountains, on the east side of Washington Pass. Nestled near the craggy peaks of the northeastern Cascade mountains, the Mazama area has some of the best skiing in the state, if not the lower 48.
I’ve been over to Mazama several times in summer for the stellar granite rock climbing on Washington Pass. However, the drive distance from Bellingham doubles in the winter months, so I haven’t managed to sample the skiing. This weekend my friend Zach successfully convinced me to finally head out to Mazama for some incredible skiing on Highway 20.
Monday we will ski one more day before I book it back to Bellingham just in time to slip onto campus before class starts. It’s six degrees out and snowing, so tomorrow should be just as good. Thanks good people of the Methow valley for the incredible skiing!
Louie Dawson earned his Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design from Western Washington University in 2014. When he’s not skiing Mount Baker or somewhere equally as snowy, he’s thinking about new products to make ski mountaineering more fun and safe.