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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic loss of ski mountaineers, Sebastian Haag and Andrea Zambaldi, who were members of the Dynafit Double8 Expedition team. Our sympathies go out to their families and friends. According to the expedition blog yesterday, Sebastian and Andrea were caught in an avalanche below the summit of Shisha Pangma. Other members of the team, Benedikt Boehm and Ueli Steck, were unharmed. The team had set out to speed climb and ski down Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu and travel between both base camps on foot and by bike within 7 days. Shisha Pangma was the first mountain they had planned to summit. As seen in their video below, they had turned back after a first attempt due to high avalanche dangers. At 8,013 m/26,906 ft, Shisha Pangma is the 14th highest mountain in the world. RIP Sebastian Haag & Andrea Zambaldi – you will be missed.
A year ago today, we reported from Mt. Rainier after several inches of early fall snow. What a difference a year makes – this summer, Washington state had more consecutive 80+ degree days than we can all remember and it sure took a toll on the Muir Snowfield. Below is how the Snowfield looked last Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, starting from about 9400ft. Muir has melted down to a mix of thin patches of snow, skeletal glacier ice and rock -water was running everywhere.
Compare these two photos of Mt. Rainier this past Sunday and a year ago today in 2013 (check the video from 2013 here):
TNT’s working on a video report of some skiing from about 8900′ and down. However, even at lower elevations, there were some firm and icy spots. As the sign above says, be prepared and extra careful if you’re headed up that high. Live to ski another day!
Ah, it’s that time of the year again… Getting pumped for the change seasons, the change of lifestyle that will be coming soon to a mountain zone near you, and a whole FRESH load of ski movies. Tonight, at Seattle’s Moore Theater, my all time favorite ski flick company, Matchstick Productions, will be showing their latest project “Days of My Youth”. It should quite epic, especially knowing that MSP teamed up with Red Bull Media House for this almost two year project. If you are in the Cascade snow zone, I hope to see you down there tonight (tickets here), and if you are elsewhere check the MSP schedule. Think BIG SNOW and alway remember, “Live to Ski Another Day!”
Be sure to purchase the Summit at Snoqualmie season pass by Sept. 15 before prices go up. Big pre-season savings for all, especially last season’s passholders. We’re looking forward to more deep days like the one captured below. But just in case, all Big S Gold, Unlimited, and LTD Passes now come with a 100 day guarantee: every day short of 100 days adds a 1% discount toward your following season’s pass -i.e. if during the season, there are 11 days when none of the base areas open, a 14/15 Big S Gold, Unlimited, and LTD passholder will get an 11% discount on the purchase of a 2015-2016 Season Pass.