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Glacier N.P., MT – Glacier Season #3: Taco Life

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20
Oct

My first big impression of Sweetgrass was four years back with their film “Signatures” where they proved to me you don’t need massive cliffs and/or lines to make an epic film. Then the next time was when, Mt. Baker loc and friend, Zack Giffen made and appearance in the Jungle segment of “Valhalla”. However this next film “Afterglow” has completely blown me away. On top of that I’m proud to say that a couple of Alpental shralpers made the credits in this epic segment, which I can’t wait to see on the BIG screen. Way to go Mark Erickson and Shane Treat, stoked to have some local friends that have worked super hard for years to gain massive knowledge of the mountains and film to progress into a project that brings such a visual bliss to all of the eyeballs wanting it NOW! Also bringing it to those that don’t ski/snowboard, giving them a better understanding of the feeling we get from riding snow! To me, this video best depicts the euphoric feeling one can get from riding a cloud of POWDER! Live to Ski Another Day!

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19
Oct

 width= This past October 16th, 2014, Tara and Carl Simpson, Hugh Gren, Alicia Brannan, David O’Donnell, Zack Jessel, Jeff Rich and myself all met up to kick off another season of skiing the Cascades and living life to the fullest! Our PNW October months are usually pretty wet and gloomy, making for a good month to get the last minute tasks completed, before the snow falls at our doors. However, this month has been filled with sun, warmth and a lot of phones calls to get out and HIKE. So as the faucet turned on this past week, we all knew that a trip up to Camp Muir on Thursday could be a fun one with some wind packed freshies and maybe 5 mins of sun. Well we got the snow right, but the sun was out to play that day (except for maybe 5 mins ;-) ). Below is a short video, Carl Simpson and I put together of our Thursday walk in the park. Get the gear dialed/purchased, and the chores taken care of, because the lift served action will be here soon.

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18
Oct

 width= We had hoped our friend, Mike Rolfs out of Wenatchee, could have joined us for our “Muir Snowfield” day on Rainier this past Thursday, but he couldn’t swing the bigger journey. However, Mike did get to take a beautiful walk to the Hyas Glacier at the base of the majestic Mt. Daniel (10/16/14). The Hyas glacier was holding 6″ of fresh for Mike’s mid-day yo yo session… Thanks for the pre-season STOKE!

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17
Oct

The Climate Prediction Center just issued their outlook for this winter (December through February). Cooler and wetter weather “might” be headed to Southern California (fingers crossed for Mammoth) while slightly warmer and drier weather is possible for the Pacific NW. We’ve heard that before and ended up with pretty much the norm for the PNW. Relatively speaking, that still amounted to more snow than most other resort areas — well, that’s our hope anyway. The short video below breaks it all down.

 

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15
Oct

 width= I really like this HanSolo style vid from Adrian Dingle out the “BIG Mountain” zone of MT. In the video below Adrian takes sun cup skiing to another level… Damn! As I had mentioned in a post the other day, we are planning on making an early season stop to “Whitefish Mountain Resort”, so I am in high hopes Adrian will be calling BIG Mountain his home for another lift served season. Can’t wait to see him destroy the goods like “Buckle Your Boots” in waist deep fluff.

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13
Oct

 width= Here’s an exciting one from our Teton friend, Dorian Densmore, who also likes spending some time down in South America hitting BIG lines with some of his good ski/splitboarding friends. Just like he did with Alejo Sanchez Predovic & Lee Lyon in the sweet video below “Cerro Arribas”, taken this past October 2nd, 2014. The target was Cerro Rincon to ride the super tight, steep and LOOONG line of Supercanaleta. Check it out, especially if you are having a hard time making it through this Monday! PNW volcano snow’s on the WAY and hitting CO today! photo grab by skier Dorian Densmore and Thumbnail pic credit/ Alejo Sanchez Predovic

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09
Oct

 width=Stoked to have met a new Big Mountain friend, Adrian Dingle, earlier this Summer who just so happens to call his home Big Mountain, or known today as Whitefish Mountain Resort. If you weren’t aware, Whitefish, MT sits right up against Glacier N.P. and offers some rowdy steep off-season action, especially when you build a kicker here and there as you boot pack towards the summit. Check out Adrian’s early Summer, short edit then stay tuned for some really sweet “HanSolo style” vids to come from this VT transplant (in the very near future).

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06
Oct

 width= Tim Black sent this sweet, short vid over of a recent trip up Mt. Baker with Ashton Richie and Nicolas DeSteunder. The fresh blanket of snow that now covers up the gnar in our higher zones, provided Tim “some of the best conditions skiing the roman wall and coleman glacier I’ve ever had!” That being said, I think the next system that rolls through will get me up for some freshies too! Be sure to check out the vid, before hit the grid.

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01
Oct

 width= This past Sept. 21st was a special day for a small group of Snow Troopers, as we all linked up another year of skiing. It was a beautiful day that was mostly spent at 1/2 to 3/4 speed and had a main focus of just celebrating life with friends/loved ones. A couple in our group linked up 72 months, another linked the first 12 months and I hit 132 months (but we didn’t do it on the upper Muir Snowfield as you will sadly see in the video below that Carl Simpson and myself put together – Sting, snapped the shot above of our cute little buddy). I had intended to post this video up yesterday but didn’t, due to the tragic news of two South American big mountain incidents that took the lives of JP Auclair, Andreas Fransson and Liz Daley (who was a local Puget Sound BIG mountain shedder loved by so many here locally and world wide). Even though I was never blessed to spend time with any of our lost mountain family members, I still knew them very well. My thoughts and prayers for all of them, their families and my many many friends who are hurting. R.I.P.



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27
Sep

Washington’s Central Cascades has received its first fall snow -albeit at higher elevations. The Camp Muir webcam at Mt. Rainier shows some footsteps in fresh snow this a.m. We had just posted about the marginal conditions on the Muir Snowfield as compared to a year ago -when it snowed several inches on 9/26/13- so, Mother Nature is right on schedule with delivering the much needed/wanted snow. Our snow levels are falling to 6500ft later this week. If fall delivers the snow like last year, the 2.7 mile stretch of the Mt. Baker Highway (SR542) that ends at Artist Point (about 5220ft elevation, above the Mt. Baker Ski Area) could be closing soon. Last year, the road to Artist Point closed on Sept. 30 so the countdown begins. Go out and enjoy it while you can.

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