So, your gear is all loaded and you’re ready to roll. Of course, you’ve charted your route on several variations of maps so you have a good idea of the effort and terrain involved. Now, the last thing to do before leaving the house is check the current conditions. Here’s a list of what we’ve relied on for making us most prepared for the tour.
Turns All Year (TAY):
This is a great place to start. For better or worse, most places you’re going have been visited before. Probably even yesterday. Check out the Trip Reports for a possible current entry of exactly where you’re going.
Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC):
You should be checking this every day of the week before your trip, but definitely just before you head out the door. Start with the Mountain Weather Forecast to check on snow level and expected precipitation. Next, go to the Avalanche Forecasts to check on warnings and conditions. Lastly, go to the Snowpack and Mountain Weather to check current wind effects, temperature trends, and accumulated precipitation.
Washington State Department of Transportation Pass Report (WSDOT):
If you’re going to the snow, you’ll most likely be going to or over one of the mountain passes. Why not take a look as see how things look? The eye in the sky is WSDOT’s cameras. Pretty simply point and click navigation, so give it a glimpse.
That’s the long and short of it. Of course, there are many other resources and all of this is no substitute for training and experience in mountain travel. We’d be interested in hearing what online resource you use before you head out. Send us an
email and maybe your resource will become ours.