I remember the first time I came to Washington. Nick Hyne, Ben Ryan and myself left from Salt Lake City one morning in my Ford Exploder and drove the whole way. Driving over the last pass called Snoqualmie pass at about 11pm to drive into Seattle it was snowing hard and there was about 20cms or more of snow on the road. There were massive snow banks on the side of the road, trucks were stopped everywhere, it was an intense hour or two of snow driving. That season was amazing and I've come back here every year since then to snowboard and shoot photos with my buddy Greg Roebuck, who lives here now. Washington is known for its deep powder, Mount Baker holds the world record for snowfall in one winter (1140" or 29 meters). This winter is not one of these winters. Driving over Snoqualmie pass now it looks like summer, hardly a drop of snow the chairlifts just hanging over dirt, most haven't run at all this winter, others did briefly but not any more. Luckily one of my favourite resorts 'Stevens Pass' had some snow and have built a super fun park. It has kept me sane for the last month as week after week I look at the snow report telling me its going to be sunny and warm or raining. Every time I look I think its going to change and snow a couple of feet overnight like it usually does here but nope, just more sun or rain. Stevens Pass has some super good terrain to hike and lots of steep resort runs which makes it so good on a powder day, plus its almost never busy. I don't usually ride the park here much but this season I've had so many fun slushy park days which is the next best thing to powder. I still wish it would snow, the mountains here look worse than coronet on a bad year, global warming is a worry!
Nick Brown snowboarding
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