Westside Snow Report: Great Early Season

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12/02/2016

By Greg Whittaker

It has been a great early season for snow lovers and enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders in Washington.

Several areas are now open, and the final areas are anticipating opening by the end of next week if all things remain consistently cool and wet.

Quite a few of the Mountain to Sound shop team have skied and snowboarded at Crystal so far, and reports are good for early season. “12 more inches and it is filled in and everything will be open” says Nate Bales shop GM. Yours truly was able to sneak out after the Thanksgiving holiday rush to ride up at Crystal Mountain on Monday. With 7-inches of fresh snow and the sun peeking out between the intermittent clouds, it was as good of an opening day that I have had in a decade. Laps up top were the best with Rainier Express, and Green Valley chairlifts being the primary runs for the early season open. Reports are that Forest Queen Express is open today and Chair 6 will be opening on Saturday for those who like the steeps.

Mt. Baker has the deepest base in the US as of this week, with continuous snow hitting all week and a base snow depth of 62” at the bottom of the hill. The Canyon opened yesterday and powder runs were “cold smoke”, which for the newbie’s means really light and fluffy blower snow, which we get once and a while but they don’t call our region the home of “Cascade concrete” for nothing.

Stevens Pass is open for business and is spinning the Skyline, Hogsback, Daisy, Brooks, and Tye Mill chairs from 9am to 4pm, and the Top Phlight Terrain Park will be open with at least 18 features. Lift tickets will cost $45 for ages 16-69, $33 for ages 7-15, and $15 for ages 70+. Discounted for a little bit longer until more terrain opens up, which will be soon.

Summit at Snoqualmie is hopeful and reports, “The forecast is calling for the potential for another couple inches of snow today, but what’s really got us perked up is the weather that’s predicted to come in later this weekend! While we still need a bit more snow on our lower slopes and around our lift load areas, it feels like we’re not too far off getting things started. Yesterday our grooming manager spent some more time out on the hill track packing a bunch of main areas in preparation… Pray for snow and keep those dances up, it all seems to be helping us get closer to opening day!”

White Pass has announced, “Opening Day is Saturday, December 3! Running Great White, platter & carpet.” So it’s time to head up there and visit our resort to the south.

Here are links to local ski areas so you can visit their sites for the most up to date info. If you want to contribute, come by Mountain to Sound Outfitters and let us know how your trip was or feel free to post in the comment section.

Crystal Mountain Resort
Summit at Snoqualmie
Stevens Pass
Mt. Baker Ski Area
Mission Ridge Ski Area
White Pass Ski Area
Loup Loup Ski Bowl

Make sure you check the WSDOT Pass Reports for driving conditions.

Greg Whittaker is the owner of Mountain to Sound Outfitters your West Seattle ski, snowboard, kayak, and paddle board experts that can also rack out your car so you can carry all that gear that wont fit in your trunk.

Westside Snow Report: Great Early Season

Westside Snow Report: Ski Areas Are Opening!

Washington Ski Areas Opening for Thanksgiving Weekend

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By Greg Whittaker

You guys ready for an actual ski report instead of how to gear up for the winter? Well we have snow in the mountains with 1 to 3 feet expected and northwest ski and snowboard areas are opening!

Whistler opens Wednesday (tomorrow) and Crystal is shooting for a Friday opening, however be sure to check their websites for details. Mt. Bachelor is also opening this Friday if you happen to be down visiting family in Oregon, bring your gear. Mt. Baker Ski Area should get enough in this storm and it is anticipated that they will open on Friday as well. Mission Ridge is also observing how the storm hits and may be open as early as Friday as they have setup a great base with their snow-making equipment and Mother Nature is helping out with this weather system big time. Stevens Pass, Summit at Snoqualmie and White Pass won’t be far behind, so it looks like a great start to the year is ramping up.

Larry Schick, ski meteorologist at Ski Washington.com is keeping it real and says, “Your fun depends on how much snow actually falls – it’s only a forecast – reality can be different – sometimes better. That said, we will no doubt, get a decent shot of snow. Unfortunately, we are starting this snow storm cycle with very little snow on the lower elevations. Higher ski slopes elevations may already have a foot or maybe two – so we will add to that for sure. Early conditions and limits in operations will be evident. Bottom line…it’s snow time!”

Cliff Mass another local expert published on his blog, “There are going to be some happy skiers, snow shoe enthusiasts, and snow lovers this weekend, because quite a bit of snow is going to fall above 3000-3500 ft during the next week. A combination of a series of wet systems and temperatures just cold enough for mountain snows will result in several feet of fresh snow at higher elevations.”

I am thankful for the bounty of snow that will soon blanket our region and the return of normal northwest winters to our mountains. Not only do the skiers benefit from the snow; our salmon, forests, and entire way of life has been created around our maritime climate and seeing a return to normal conditions is a blessing for all of us. Have a fantastic and safe Thanksgiving weekend all.

Here are links to local ski areas so you can visit their sites for the most up to date info. If you want to contribute, come by Mountain to Sound Outfitters and let us know how your trip was or feel free to post in the comment section.

Crystal Mountain Resort
Summit at Snoqualmie
Stevens Pass
Mt. Baker Ski Area
Mission Ridge Ski Area
White Pass Ski Area
Loup Loup Ski Bowl

Make sure you check the WSDOT Pass Reports for driving conditions.

Greg Whittaker is the owner of Mountain to Sound Outfitters your West Seattle ski, snowboard, kayak, and paddle board experts that can also rack out your car so you can carry all that gear that wont fit in your trunk.

Westside Snow Report: Ski Areas Are Opening!

Westside Snow Report: Introducing Young Kids to Winter Sports

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By Greg Whittaker

West Seattle is experiencing a baby boom. Everywhere you look, new families are out and about experiencing all that we have to offer. My family has joined the West Seattle Soccer Club and it seems there is a very young boom happening. A good indicator of just how many kids are here is that during the last 2 years the league has had a hard time getting coaches for all the 5-6 year old teams that are up and coming.

So, these tips are for those of you who have little ones that are now out of diapers and ready to get up into the mountains. If you are new to skiing, introducing your kids to it can get you into a new lifetime sport. Having had a bit of experience with others and my own children, I have some great tips to help you make it worth your while as well as your kids while to get out and enjoy yourself in the mountains.

It is important to repeat the mantra “skiing and snowboarding is fun” throughout
the day and to help facilitate that for the whole family. Sometimes, this means
more hot cocoa than skiing, but as long as you’re having fun with the kids, it
will lead to years of memories for the family.

Those from a skiing family often choose to introduce little ones to the hill before they can walk. But generally, around the age of four or five, kids are able to start taking lessons or learn with the family and enjoy the experience. A good rule of thumb is if kids are potty trained; they are ready to gear up. Whether you are starting your kids off at the age of 2 or 14, consider starting with a lesson. Advice given by parents will often be better received by a person viewed as new and awesome.

Since you will be in an extreme environment, we should also discuss clothing and gear. Goggles are key for everyone. From the tiny one, who is either riding in the Baby Bjorn or riding along in the sled, to you, the parent, who won’t be able to function without vision. Get goggles for everyone. A kid with unimpaired vision will have a blast, whereas a kid getting nailed in the face and eyes with rain, sleet and snow will likely be miserable. I also outfitted my young children with helmets because big bumbling adults can fall on, step on or injure them if  they are not protected.

Aside from that, don’t forget the obvious…gloves (a couple pairs as they get wet), base layers, mid layers, and outer layers. Gear that is needed can be found through your local shop, which we wrote about in October. (http://www.westseattleherald.com/2016/10/14/sports/west-side-snow-report…).

To ski or to snowboard, that is the question…
Mom and Dad are shredding boarders, so my kid will snowboard. Well, that’s one way to look at it. I have found that it’s pretty important to just have fun and get used to sliding. Kids with skis can walk around, and the first few days that’s all that really happens when they are young. There have also been studies that indicate hip problems for growing kids that snowboard daily, so if you’re going to go every day, look into that. That said, I have good friends who have successfully lead their kids into snowboarding before the age of 4 and everyone had a blast and can ride. I generally recommend that parents start kids off skiing and move them to snowboarding when they have a good ability to control themselves getting on and off the lifts and can ride a chairlift alone.

Some families also find that cross country (X/C) or nordic skiing is also a great way to get the family out. You can explore local trails and get your glide in without the crowds of a ski area. Think hiking in the snow. Younger kids can be pulled in sleds and still join for an adventure in the mountains. Gearing up is similar, so definitely visit your local shop to figure out how to get the most out of your time going up to the mountains.

When you do decide to get the kids gear, go ahead and make the gear a part of the toy box, particularly the boots. Kids succeed when they can wear the gear around comfortably in the house and are not introduced to a whole new world when they get to the mountains. It’s also important for the younger kids to play around on the skis on the carpet. Kids tend to lead with their head when walking, and it can lead to crossed skis and confusion. If your child can learn to lead with their tips/toes/feet and shuffle the turn on a carpet they are well on their way to figuring out how to get where they want to go in the snow.

So, the kids are now geared up and you’re ready to take them up to the snow to slide. My favorite tool for getting the smallest kids around in the mountains is the hula hoop. Seems weird, but this is a tool that can help you get the kids sliding without breaking your back.

With the hoop held in front of you and wrapping around little Jonny/Suzie like a handle, you can glide in a wedge down the hill with complete control of the floppiest little flopper. When the kid falls, simply picking them up and suspending them from the hoop can untangle skis that are pointed every which way.

The hoop also can be used to pull a child up the hill when they have the ability to grip it. However, the ones under 2 sometimes cant quite grasp the hoop. Some Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) trainers may disagree, but as a parent this tool has led to many happy days as long as you don’t let them rely on it to stand, as they get strong enough to slide.

Reports are we could be skiing as early as Thanksgiving Weekend, so the season is here. We encourage you to get your family up into the mountains to play in the snow. It gives kids experiences and skills and strengthens their connection to the planet we all share.

We will continue this weekly discussion with suggestions on fitness, boot fitting, and other important subjects to help you get dialed in for the season.

Here are links to local ski areas so you can visit their sites for the most up to date info. If you want to contribute, come by Mountain to Sound Outfitters and let us know how your trip was or feel free to post in the comment section. Who’s been to Whistler?

Crystal Mountain Resort
Summit at Snoqualmie
Stevens Pass
Mt. Baker Ski Area
Mission Ridge Ski Area
White Pass Ski Area
Loup Loup Ski Bowl

Make sure you check the WSDOT Pass Reports for driving conditions.

Greg Whittaker is the owner of Mountain to Sound Outfitters your West Seattle ski, snowboard, kayak, and paddle board experts that can also rack out your car so you can carry all that gear that wont fit in your trunk.

Westside Snow Report: Introducing Young Kids to Winter Sports

Westside Snow Report: A Guide to Washington’s Ski Resorts

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Mountain to Sound Outfitters assists our community to help prepare for the winter skiing and snowboarding season. Do you know your local mountains? Which one has the best lines or the best view?

The staff at Mountain to Sound Outfitters is diverse and each member chooses a mountain based on various factors. First is travel time, how far are you willing to drive for snow? Second is what the mountain has to offer, does the mountain have youth lessons, food and speedy chair lifts? Third is annual snow fall, do they have regular pow and/or regularly serviced runs?

Skiers and snowboarders are not the only ones gearing up, so are resorts. We got in touch with Brianna Stoutenburgh, Marketing Assistant at Crystal Mountain; “This time of year it seems as if everyone is running in five different directions at the same time. We start switching back over to winter-mode at the end of our summer operations in late-September. Our mechanics are maintaining ski lifts throughout the summer, as well as doing required load-tests and such to meet industry standards and to make sure our lifts are ready for another ski season. They are also maintaining our snow-cats and other resort appliances. The retail shop switches over to winter products after a summer of tourists and hiking necessities.”

Just like choosing your new equipment, with the variety of ski area options that we have in the pacific NW you can choose a mountain that caters to you and your family’s needs. We have chosen four local areas that are popular for West Seattle residents. These are not the only options, but provide a good overview of where to explore if you are living in Seattle.

Crystal Mountain Resort
Bigger, higher and busier. Crystal is known for terrain variety and abundant annual snowfall, with the only Gondola in WA that gives access to the upper mountain when snow levels are high early and late season. Crystal is very popular mountain and can get crowded on the weekends; however that can be said for any ski area during the great snow conditions on weekends as there is a healthy skier population in the Seattle area. The Gondola built in 2014 makes for an easy ride to the top and great maintenance means crisp groomers when needed. Crystal is keen on family skiing and offers seasonal lessons and cozy lodges. On the flip side, Crystal has more than 35% Black Diamond runs, including the steeper side runs ‘Northway’ and Southback which fulfills the advanced skiers need for a challenge but can be rough on beginners. There are in bounds hikes to great snow at these accesses as well and it is recommended you use appropriate rescue tools and have a buddy with you.

The Details
Summit Elevation: 6,872 feet
Acres: 2,600 acres
Runs: Approx 57
Average Annual Snow Fall: 486 in
Best Attributes: Largest Resort in Washington, Gondola to the top, Views of Mt. Rainier
Lessons: Daily, weekend and private lessons, plus backcountry tours and guided excursions
Distance from Seattle: Two hours, 80 miles.

Daily Lift Tickets:
Adult – $74
Youth (11-15) – $50
Kids (0-10) – FREE

Season Lift Tickets:
Adult – $1,200 – Early bird has already passed!
Youth (11-15) – $800
Senior ( 65+) – $800

The Summit at Snoqualmie and Alpental
The Summit at Snoqualmie offers 4 different ski areas that are all joined by a common ticket and Season Pass. There are a variety of peaks that offer different types of skiing/snowboarding. Although located just a short shuttle ride from one another, The Summit offers Summit West, Summit East and Summit Central territories, which contain 70% beginner and intermediate runs; while Alpental offers its own unique terrain that is much steeper with only 10% intermediate blue runs. Although it operates with only four chair lifts, the locals love the challenge of Alpental and the lift access backcountry that can be had by traversing off of the upper lift. The Summit at Snoqualmie offers the shortest drive from Seattle, an abundance of lessons, and night skiing 6 days a week until 10 pm so you can get your mountain fix after working in the city.

The Details
Alpental Summit Elevation: 5,420 feet
Summit Central Summit Elevation: 3,865 feet
Acres: 1,994 acres
Total Lifts Summit at Snoqualmie): 25
Average Annual Snow Fall: 429 in
Best Attributes: Shortest drive from Seattle, complimentary on-site shuttle between Snoqualmie and Alpental and low pricing on season passes.
Lessons: Daily, weekend and private lessons available. Over five different lesson chalets at Snoqualmie to choose from in addition to Resort options.
Distance from Seattle: One hour, 55 miles.

Daily Lift Tickets:
Teen & Adult (13-61) – $66
Youth (7-12) – $45
Senior (62-69) – $45
Super Senior (70+) – $12
Child (0-6) – $12

Season Lift Tickets (Through Nov. 4th):
Adult – $479
Teen (13-18) – $389
Youth (7-12) – $319
Senior (62-69) – $319
Super Senior (70+) – $89
Child (0-6) – $89

Mount Baker
The northern, wallet friendly mountain, known for its annual snowfall, Baker is located close to Bellingham, Washington making it an adventure destination for Seattle skiers and snowboarders who want new terrain to explore. Nestled in the Northern Cascades, Baker tends to be colder and steeper with variable terrain similar to Alpental. Many ski it for the inbound backcountry chutes and cliffs, others for the fresh snow and wilder runs. There are also beginner cruisers for family fun, and the views of Mt Shuksan are incredible on a clear day.

The Details
Summit Elevation: 5,089 feet
Acres: 1,000 acres
Total runs/lifts: About 26 runs and 8 quad chairs
Average Annual Snow Fall: 659 in – Wow!
Best Attributes: Season pass rates haven’t increased in four years, world record snow fall in 1998-1999 of 1,140 inches, spectacular views of surrounding Cascade Mountains.
Lessons: Beginner lessons, private lessons, multi-week lessons and race development programs, plus snow science education!
Distance from Seattle: Two hours 30 minutes, 135 Miles.

Daily Lift Tickets:
Adult (16+) – $59
Youth (11-15) – $40
Child (7-10) – $30
Senior (60-69) – $51
Super Senior (70+) – $38
Kid (0-6) – FREE
5th Graders – FREE

Season Lift Tickets (Through Nov. 4th):
Adult (18+) – $725
College (full time student) – $625
Young Adult (16-17) – $495
Youth (13-15) – $285
Child (7-12) – $210
Senior (60-69) – $430
Super Senior (70+) – $120
Kids (0-6) – $12

Stevens Pass
A tree covered mountain with quality snow, night skiing and solid intermediate runs, Stevens is a classic ski resort with a healthy mix of blue intermediate terrain as well as black diamond options.  A famous chair lift called ‘7th Heaven is known for steep challenging runs with drops and chutes. The front side is perfect for beginners and long time skiers looking for longer, scenic routes. Locals love the number of runs open for night skiing and the epic tree lines Stevens has to offer.

The Details
Summit Elevation: 5,845 feet
Acres: 1,125 acres
Runs: 39
Average Annual Snow Fall: 460 in
Best Attributes: Partnership with Outdoors for All to provide adaptive youth programs, beautiful tree skiing, good night skiing terrain and lighting.
Lessons: Beginner lessons, youth, senior and adult lessons, group and private lessons, D-Team for advanced skiers and snowboarders
Distance from Seattle: One hour 30 minutes, 85 Miles.

Daily Lift Tickets:
Ages 16-69 – $67-74
Ages 7-15 – $45-50
Ages 70+ – $15
Ages 0-6 – FREE
5th Graders – FREE

Season Lift Tickets (Tier 2 Pricing, limited availability):
Ages 7-15 – $429
Ages 16-69 – $649
College – $369
Ages 70+ – $129
Ages 0-6 – FREE
5th Graders – FREE

To Sum it Up
Many of us live in this region because of our proximity to a variety of mountains. We also have just a short time until ski areas start opening for the season, and any big snowfall should mean that resorts will begin opening. If you are looking for seasonal, daily or weekend rentals, stop by Mountain to Sound Outfitters to beat the rental lines on the mountain, plus receive access to rental tunes and shop experts year round.
Below are links to all the local ski areas so you can visit their sites for the most up to date info. If you want to contribute this dialogue, come by Mountain to Sound Outfitters and let us know how your trip was or feel free to post in the comment section.

Crystal Mountain Resort
Summit at Snoqualmie
Stevens Pass
Mt. Baker Ski Area
Mission Ridge Ski Area
White Pass Ski Area
Loup Loup Ski Bowl

Make sure you check the WSDOT Pass Reports for driving conditions.

Westside Snow Report: A Guide to Washington’s Ski Resorts

Gear tips to get you ready for winter

By Greg Whittaker
Owner
Mountain to Sound Outfitters

It is starting to feel like fall outside, and with the storm of the century narrowly missing us; we are greeted of views of the Olympic Mountains with a fresh topping of snow. Lots of Washington Ski and Snowboard Areas are busy getting the final stages of the season prep done as the snow looms and the Pray for Snow parties commence. As we continue our series on prepping for the season by our GM and lead tech Nate Bales, we want to hit on the most important part of your ensemble your ski and snowboard boots.

Gear Tip, by Nate Bales: Boots, The Intimate Connection
Hey Snow Sliders, whether you prefer two planks or one, the common bond we share is the desire for a comfortable and properly fitted pair of ski or snowboard boots. Just like the many shapes of the world, feet can also take on a shape of their own and over time, our feet change.

THE TEST: Put your boots on while around the house. Buckle them or snug them just hand tight, no need to put a vice on your feet. Make sure to mimic the action you would on the hill to move blood in your feet by flexing your boots. This works best in your front lawn where your neighbors will think you are hardcore or simply weird. If you can, ever so slightly snug your boots up. Snug is appropriate in a boot fit, but tight can mean painful.

I bet we can all name a friend or two, whose first bemoan of snow riding is that “the boots are so awfully uncomfortable.” Manufacturers of ski and snowboard boots, believe it or not, do listen. Today with the fine craftsmanship and fantastic textiles, ski and snowboard boots practically are broken in from the initial fitting process. Many of the boots liners of today are fabricated around EVA heat moldable foam and or fully heat molded boot linings and boot shells. No more do you have to live with the cardboard feeling for 12-15 days to initially break in the boot.

There are also a bunch of tricks to adapt the boot to your ever changing foot. Boot punches and stretches are very common and can help alleviate any pain points in the boot fit. Also, the foot takes on a different shape when it is fully weighted. Pronation or supponation can occur as well as lengthening of the foot. The proper support through a footbed which is designed off of the un-weighted foot can make a big difference in performance as well as all day comfort all the while stabilizing the foot. But that is all the secrets we can give out regarding our custom boot fitting program. If you need to have an evaluation, find someone who knows what they are doing and make an appointment.

We will continue this weekly discussion with suggestions on fitness, boot fitting, and other important subjects to help you get dialed in for the season.

Here are links to local ski areas so you can visit their sites for the most up to date info. If you want to contribute, come by Mountain to Sound Outfitters and let us know any of your tips, or add them in the comment section for the community.

Crystal Mountain Resort
Summit at Snoqualmie
Stevens Pass
Mt. Baker Ski Area
Mission Ridge Ski Area
White Pass Ski Area
Loup Loup Ski Bowl

Make sure you check the WSDOT Pass Reports for driving conditions.

Greg Whittaker is the owner of Mountain to Sound Outfitters your West Seattle ski, snowboard, kayak, and paddle board experts that can also rack out your car so you can carry all that gear that won’t fit in your trunk.

Westside Snow Report: Tis The Season

WestSide Snow Report: Tis The Season

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General Manager and Master Boot Fitter
Mountain to Sound Outfitters

Hello fellow snow sliders. If you are like me, this is the time of year I start getting really excited when the winter sport magazines start arriving in my mailbox with the latest and “greatest” new gear and gear “reviews.” These magazines are full of gear from heated socks to the best ultra-lite, nano, backcountry hybrid, all-mountain mono-skis, snowboards and the like. I am sure you’ve heard it all before, “These boots are great for wearing all day while carving on the blissful corduroy” or “This is the best all-mountain ski in the category. This ski/snowboard kills the crud, holds an edge on hard pack and can float like vanilla ice-cream in root-beer.”

Having been in the snow-sports industry for nearly two decades and a stint as a sales associate for a major ski manufacturer, I read those reviews and implicitly have a couple questions:

Will that new heated self buckling boot work with my foot shape?
I get that the new all “mountain ski of the year” is great from the parking lot, to the mountain, and everywhere in between, but can it ski moguls too?

BOTTOM LINE: With today’s equipment and the inherent technology, there is a boot, a board, a ski, a sock, and even wax for everyone out there and for what you are looking to achieve while enjoying your favorite winter activity. Maybe you are a backcountry enthusiast, a gate bashing racer, or simply enjoy blissful carving. Today’s equipment is tailored to what you enjoy while playing in the mountains. I like to think that I have not had the opportunity to meet everyone who writes the gear reviews. Therefore, how do they know what I like? Is their foot shape like mine? Do we share a similar riding or skiing style? Do they enjoy damp skis/snowboards or lively skis/snowboards?

One of the perks of my job as the winter sports buyer for Mountain to Sound Outfitters is that every year in early February, my co-workers and I get a couple days to try all next year’s equipment before I place the order for the up-coming season. The demo is also about six months before the gear reviews come out. The industry demo is basically like Christmas all over again, but only in mid-February. The demo allows us at Mountain to Sound Outfitters to buy equipment for the entire family and for all skill levels and also gives our employees first-hand experience that translates well when assisting customers in the store.

So if you are looking to get outfitted this season, come on in to your local specialty shop Mountain to Sound Outfitters, and tell us you read this article and you want to get techie or just ask for me, I’m Nate. Price, quality, service; pick any two, as you get yourself dialed in for the winter. And remember, when you use local shops, you will get taken care of with the service side, and you just need to decide price or quality. So if you have read this far, we want you to come in and talk to us about your recent travels in the mountains. After all, it is this camaraderie that keeps the winter stoke alive.

See you on the slopes.

If you would like to see more information please visit www.m2soutfitters.com for sales, rentals and tuning services for the upcoming season!

West Seattle Ski Swap is October 22nd-23rd! Buy and Sell New and Used Skis, Snowboards, Boots, Clothing, Winter accessories and more!

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Westside Snow Report: Tis The Season

CELEBRATE FEDERAL LANDS CLEANUP DAY (09/10) AND INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY (09/17) WITH SOME VOLUNTEER WORK

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We’ve spent thousands of joyous hours exploring our local waterways on SUPs and in Kayaks, so we want to contribute to keeping them trash free. Every year, staff at Alki Kayak Tours work with Puget SoundKeeper and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition to provide guides and kayaks for volunteers at the Duwamish River Cleanup. If you’re interested in getting involved with a Cleanup, here are our recommendations for locations stretching from West Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula.

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KAYAK PATROL ON LAKE UNION

Date: September 14th
Time: 10am – 12pm
Location: Northwest Outdoor Center
Details: Join a Puget Soundkeeper Patrol to monitor pollution and remove debris from Lake Union.  No prior experience is necessary and volunteers will be outfitted with the necessary equipment (kayak, paddle, PFD, spray skirt and cleanup supplies). Expect to get a bit wet!
SIGN ME UP

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WEST SEATTLE SHORELINE CLEANUP

Date: September 17th
Time: 9:30am – 12pm
Locations: Charles Richey Sr. Viewpoint, Alki Beach Bathhouse or Seacrest Park
Details: Join Puget Soundkeeper at one of three locations to clean up and document the trash floating in our West Seattle waterways. You’ll be part of an International Coastal Cleanup that, last year, resulted in over 18 million pounds of trash collected and provided data for an Ocean Conservancy report about trash in our oceans.
SIGN ME UP

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OLYMPIC PENINSULA CLEANUP

Date: September 17th
Time: Varies (depends on location)
Locations: Choose from many coastal options
Details: Join Washington CoastSavers for cleanups all over the Olympic Peninsula and down the coast of Washington. Volunteers can enjoy perks such as free camping at Olympic National Park Campgrounds (September 16th and 17th), free famous bean soup from Lost Resort at Ozette and a Salmon Feed and Poetry read at Tillicum Park.
SIGN ME UP

 

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CELEBRATE FEDERAL LANDS CLEANUP DAY (09/10) AND INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY (09/17) WITH SOME VOLUNTEER WORK