One of the most documented and watched springtime events for us is the opening of the North Cascades pass. This pass closes every year, due to snow and avalanche danger, and opens every year in the spring (see previous years closing and opening dates).
These opening efforts rely on so many different variables to go right. So many things can go wrong ; new snow, warming (increasing avalanche danger), equipment problems, too deep of snow, and avalanches earlier in the winter full of rocks and trees . Each one of these presents a unique challenge to overcome to get the highway back open.
Follow along with us as we keep you informed with the weekly progress updates.