A few friends and I recently went on a trip to Washington’s North Cascades. The highway that runs across the mountain passes from east to west normally opens in early May but due to the massive La Nina winter that hit the Pacific Northwest this year, the highway opening was pushed back to allow the Washington Department of Transportation to continue clearing the road and doing avalanche control work.
So how do you access skiable terrain reached by a road that’s not yet open to cars? You bike. We strapped skis to our bikes, and rode about 2,000-vertical feet and five miles up the road and skinned from there. Here are some photos I took from the trip.