With longer days, warmer temperatures, and dry snow transforming to slush within a few minutes of direct sunlight, it’s official–Spring is here. Now for most places in the world it’s a sign to put the snowboards away and focus on other activities, but fear not because here in the Cascades spring means corn skiing season and the opportunity to ride the biggest lines on the western side of the United States.
With well over 600 inches of annual snowfall and the snowpack reaching its climax in the first week of April, the Spring corn season really hits its stride about the same time that the local ski hills close for the season. From Washington state to Northern California there are more than 20 unique volcanos to choose from with opportunities ranging from 500 foot descents at the aptly named Crater Lake to 11,000 foot descents on Mt. Rainier and all in between for people of all skill levels.
I’ve had the good fortune of learning how to split board mountaineer on the Cascadian and have learned a few important lessons that will highlight so that you can make the best out of the long days and experience these beautiful peaks in there prime conditions.