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27
Apr

Andrew Eckels in the slot for lap #1.

Hot lap with John Adams, who is the co-owner of the Glacier Ski Shop, located in Glacier, WA. If you’ve ever made the journey to the one of a kind, Mt. Baker ski area, you would have passed through Glacier, which is the Gateway to the ski area.
 

I met John years ago during a trip to ski on the actual Volcano (circa 2004- Feb), Mt. Baker, and my bro Dale had been shooting the breeze with John (in his ski shop) as I made my way North from Snoqualmie Pass. Dale Boehm, who’d grown up exploring the BC in that area for years, let me know John had a lot of knowledge, as they compared notes of past trips. Well, a bunch of years later Adam Roberts (RIP) came into my life. As Adam and I shared many adventures in the short time he showed me how to live, he often spoke of John Adams, helping him (Adam) as an athlete and always speaking of his incredible skill climbing and descending BIG mountains. I happen to know this first hand, because the trip years ago in Feb, I captured John climbing and skiing Grouse Ridge (outside Glacier, WA) like a BEAST! The dude is really a monster, but a kind one as you’ll find out when you stop into the “Glaicer Ski Shop”. 🙂 As you can see, he happens to like groomers too!

 

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26
Apr

Andrew Eckels in the slot for lap #1.

On Friday April 21st Andrew Eckels, Stefan Knorr, and Rob Bolton met at Snoqualmie Pass for a tour we all had fairly low expectations for. We’re in the thick of the transition period between winter and spring and the snowpack has been pretty isothermal. Telemetry indicated there might be some good snow in high north facing chutes so we ventured up towards the Slot to see what we might find.

 

Topping out at 8:30 AM we were delighted to discover the slot was filled with 8 inches of untracked stable powder!! The snow was creamy and skied bottomless and smooth! After digging around and ski cutting the slope we dropped in and were blown away that we were skiing steep powder in late April at Snoqualmie Pass!

 

Stefan sniffin’ out the good on Snoqualmie Mtn.

 

Initially we had only planned to go for one run but our lap was so good and it was still so early we decided to head back up and check out the Snot, a couloir to the lookers right of the slot. We got on top of it and found many cornices baking in the sun and overhanging the run so we decided to bail and go for another lap on the Slot instead. Our second lap skied just as well as our first and we hooted and hollered the whole way down. The exit ski back to the car was a slow sticky leg burner but we were too stoked on our day of epic steep skiing to care much. We capped off the day with beers at the Dru Bru with TNT!

 

Check the video for great stoke on April pow skiing! There may still be some more days like this before May!

 

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25
Apr

Scott Sumner taking the pups for a walk. 🙂

Took a walk in the backyard with Scott Sumner and his two pups, Sophie and Olive. The weather experts were a little off today, to our enjoyment at high noon. Some earth is starting to show itself, so it won’t be long at 2,600′.


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23
Apr

Here’s another recent edit, Andy Traslin has just kicked out from this past December. He and his brother, Mike, were skiing the SW Trees, outside of Vancouver, BC, Canada.


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18
Apr

Andy Traslin has been doing a little editing lately of some of his early season adventures. This trip was just outside of Vancouver, BC, skiing into the sunset with his brother, Mike.


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14
Apr

Jeff Rich was recently on a road trip with his daughter, where they manage to catch some great resort skiing, along with cool looking “late season” BC. The video opens up with a crew of local Jackson Hole destroyers getting rowdy! Looked like an awesome trip, they had and I am looking forward to our “post season” ski gatherings.


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11
Apr

Last Chair @ 5420′, in the heart of the Central Cascades.

A couple of days ago (Sunday-4/9/17), we saw a mix of weather from 5420′ to 3140′ above sea level, in the heart of the Central Cascades. It truly was a “Spring Conditions” (aka variable) day at Alpental, spending most of the day riding the corn, lapping chair 2. However, in between the sun breaks, that kept the snow soft in it’s variable way, we did see cold snow falling, off and on all day. It was a quiet day for locs, and the “last chair” group of Alpentalics (seen above) got to take it all in, as the clouds finally lifted. Deanna and Randy Aadland (an awesome true blue Alpental couple, had their daughter, Vanessa, return from an Epic LONG trip to Guatemala. So, I was stoked to actually meet her and ski with all three of them (maybe someday her two brothers as well). Our last lap in the bc, proved to be very testy but super fun! Another fantastic day in the home zone.
Live to Ski Another Day!


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08
Apr

Some of the athletes hanging out, below Rollen Rocks.

March 25th, 2017, Alpental held the Northwest Freeride Competition, right below the chair line of Edelweiss. I was hoping for more sun breaks, but it seemed like every time one of the athletes dropped, so did the clouds. It must have been tough for a lot of the kids with the super low light and vis. Below is a mashup of what I could see. 😉


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05
Apr

Andrew Eckels, looking down the Zipper Chute at Twin Lakes.

This past Monday (4/3/17), Andrew Eckels, Jacob Mandell and Andrew Pringles landed in the Hyak parking lot around 8AM or so. Then skinned for Silver Peak, via a short ski down Hidden Valley, on the way. When they hit the Summit of Silver Peak, there was a massive cornice that kept them of the SE face. The crew decided to play it safe and ski the ridge line then, drop down towards the PCT. After that ski, the boyz rolled up toward the Zipper Chute, where they found some gnarly dust on crust at the entrance(which if Andrew left the audio, you would have herd Jacob giggling and calling it survival skiing as Andrew scratched his way down the chute) that became nice skiing lower down the chute. Check out the sweet edit, Andrew Eckels banged out yesterday of their adventure.


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04
Apr

Here’s a short POV, Andy Traslin sent over from this past Dec., skiing North Vancouver, BC’s
South Coast mtns. in the Sea to sky zone.


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