Cascade Mountains - Washington
Submitted By: Dobish on April 03, 2010
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We skied this in a storm and it was our first time up there. So I didn't get a good look around. We skied the north east facing aspects just to the southwest of the first large lake in the forest lakes area. We skied mellow terrain but there looked like there was steeper chutes above us towards the ridgeline to our south.
A better area to ski might be if you take a left off the trail towards forest lakes and head towards arapaho lakes, up trail 818 as labeled on the nat geo trails illustrated map (#103 for this area). It appears you gain elevation more quickly and may have more sustained, slightly steeper terrain - which would be an improvement over the aspects described above.[more]
The Cascades are divided into 2 areas, which are the High Cascades and the North Cascades. The High Cascades are volcanos, where as the North Cascades are non-volcanic mountains. The snow is generally heavier than other areas of the country as it is effected by the warm southern winds, the high moisture, and the higher temperatures. Mt. Rainier is one of the most famous peaks in this range.
How to Get There
Go to California, and then head north. the cascades cover a lot of areas, all the way to canada!