Here’s a fun edit Alex Ropka sent over from March Radness! He even managed to catch a couple clips of our homie, Jeff Rich! Spring has sprung and it’s been a great year, and looking for another blast or two before our lift served season ends.
With the start of spring, a fall back look at a few turns from Andy Traslin earlier this month, just outside of Vancouver, BC, Canada
Had to share this one, as I got a good laugh! Nick Colvin caught this train moving faster than usual plus fresh snow from Stella resulted in a more spectacular arrival than expected.
Another inland BC adventure with Andy and Mike Traslin. Climbing and skiing Black Mountain West chute of the Okan.
This week was unbelievable in the cascades! The faucet of blower powder never turned off and by midweek people had used up their sick days and the ski areas were empty! TNT and company got the goods at Alpental while Andrew Eckels and friends ripped up Baker on a sleeper day.
I managed to start my day with some laps at Summit East on the cold POW, but you could still feel all of the frozen debris underfoot. This made me shoot for Alpental, in hopes the gates hadn’t opened yet. Wrong, they opened a bit earlier but I ran into some friends and still found a few pockets of goodness, out through the Elevator Gate. Good Times, and since it is puking out right now, tomorrow should be another great day for Cascade lift served snowriding!
2017 was a great year for the classic Vertfest race at a little hill known as Alpental. A couple inches of snow came just in time to cover up the gnarly rain crust that had developed before the race, and for the first hour the sun shine broke through the clouds. Racers from all over the state and beyond came together to see how fast they could skin up and ski down the 2,300 vertical feet of steep terrain tucked away in a valley just 45 minutes from Seattle. The Pro racers had the special pleasure of climbing two laps for a total of 4,100 vertical feet.
Snow Trooper athlete Andrew Eckels opted to film this year instead of racing and got some great shots of local adventurers testing the limits of their physical capacities. Overall it was a great race with Alpental locals dominating the podium! Snow Trooper Athlete Jacob Mandell who has been boarding Alpental since he was in elementary school took first for the splitboard division! Congrats Jacob!
Pro Men (2 Laps) results:
1. Allen Taylor 1:24:36
2. Gary Robbins 1:26:50
3. Caleb Ambrose 1:27:38
Pro Women (2 laps)
1. Holly Davis 1:43:15
2. Katrina Kuba 1:49:04
3. Heather Kern 1:58:34
Recreational Men (1 Lap)
1. Mike McCarthy 1:00:50
2. Michael Haugen 1:02:24
3. Dylan Seubert 1:05:00
Recreational Women (1 Lap)
1. Robin Pendery 1:14:00
2. Becca Cahall 1:14:34
3. Hannah Besso 1:18:28
Splitboard (1 Lap)
1. Jacob Mandell 1:07:51
2 Frank Huster 1:16:51
3 Steve Nagode 1:16:59
Another short, but EPIC video from this past Phat Tuesday at Alpental, WA. The video below was filmed and edited by Brian Gavin. The snowriders are Alex Bachmeier, Corey Nugent, Dawson Allen and Mark Erickson. Be sure to CHECK IT, with the morning cup of JOE!
On February 25th Andrew Eckels, Tyler Tran, Cory Tarilton, Pete Durr, and Old Man Woods set out for an epic adventure in Outer Space! We set out at 7 am optimistic about the forecast of full sun all day! After walking 5 miles and climbing 3,000 ft to the top of our desired zone in good light the clouds closed in on us forcing us to abandon our hopes to ski some of the steeper lines in the zone. We settled for two 1,700 foot laps of hippie pow far away from any other souls. With the vis getting worse in the afternoon we opted to attempt a low exit route that ended up taking longer than expected. We pulled into the Parking lot at 7:45 PM worked and satisfied.
Here’s one from last month on one of the Traslin brothers’ trips East.