Outside Magazine’s fifth annual Best Town Ever contest is down to its final round: It’s Port Angeles, WA (which beat out Bar Harbor, ME) vs. Chattanooga, TN (which defeated Eau Claire, WI). Our vote goes to Port Angeles known for being both a gateway to Olympic National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Victoria, B.C., Canada. It’s surrounded by the natural beauty of the Olympic mountain range, the Pacific Ocean and just South of the San Juan Islands National Monument and most importantly for us Snow Troopers, it’s got skiing! Yes, not just the Hurricane Ridge ski area in ONP but amazingly easy access for backcountry car laps – the snow’s gone now but we enjoyed it in past years and covered it in this post and the video below. Get in your vote by Thursday, June 4, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Excited to watch history in the making up on Snoqualime Pass, WA. I don’t mean the record breaking BAD snow year we and others have received this past year in the PNW, but the (almost completed ) Washington State Ski & Snowboard Museum. Some of you know how much ski history has been made in Washington state by so many over the years, and now there will soon be a great place to stop and stretch the legs on that next road trip East or West of the I-90 Cascade Crest. Below are a few words from the WSSSM website along with a tour of the almost completed museum. BTW, I was given the tour by co-founding director Dave Moffett (who happens to be the son of Webb Moffett, a great man who helped move the ski industry, by leaps and bounds, to where it is today).
The Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum (WSSSM) has been formed and has received IRS approval as a 501(c) 3 non-profit. The Ancient Skiers and the NW Ski Museum & Hall of Fame have both been very supportive of WSSSM and its location on Snoqualmie Pass.
WSSSM will be a “story-telling” museum together with artifact displays to supplement these stories. With advances in electronic technology this is the current trend among museums in Washington and around the country (e.g. Seattle’s MOHAI, EMP and Gates Visitor Center). Attached to this summary is a description of proposed exhibits, with associated videos, artifacts and photographs. Note that a fully secure display will include one of Phil Mahre’s World Cup trophies (on loan), Debbie Armstrong’s Olympic gold medal (on loan), various current items from 2010 and 2014 Olympian, Patrick Deneen, and more! Many artifacts relating to the history of snow sports in Washington State will be on display. Two highly regarded museum vendors have been retained to assist WSSSM: EDX (design) and Turner Exhibits (fabricator). These two exhibit specialists have completed some very high profile projects. Final design for WSSSM is complete and fabrication now underway.
Our Steering Committee is working diligently to provide input to EDX/Turner, procure artifacts, prepare PowerPoint presentations and produce content videos for Museum monitor viewing.
So thankful for all of the brave men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice, to give us all the freedom to do the things we love. Whatever that may be, writing a post for a ski video site at 4:30AM, or rising to re-stoke the campfire/watch the sunrise on a relaxing weekend with the family, maybe you choose to go get a little work done at the office. Point is, our freedom wasn’t free, so as you roll thru today doing what you please, be sure to remember those who also loved their freedom. God Bless America!
Kick off your Memorial day with a short video of two of my favorite people, Tara and Carl Simpson, as the free(dom) ski in one of the most amazing National Parks we have. RAINIER National Park!
Photo and video credit / Carl Simpson
This weekend (5/16/15) Carl Simpson was back in our “Eastern” zone which is found not too far from Snoqualmie Pass. This trip would be with his number one ski partner, Tara, and good bro, Zack Jessel. The target was to shoot for some turns off of Hawkins Mountain. Even though this tour offers some similar views to our last trip into the Stuart Range, this adventure was started out of Salmon La Sac on the Cle Elum Valley road.
Photo and video credit / Carl Simspon, ski skinner / Tara Simpson
Fun edit from our bro, Adam Roberts, who was up on Mt. Baker the first weekend in May for a little creamy corn with Kaden McFarland. Check it!
This past Sunday (5/10/15), I was going to meet up with the gang around 7:30 AM here on Snoqualmie Pass to roll for the Teanaway to find the last of the easy access, good corn. Well, at 7:30 Jeff Rich called me from my parking lot, to mention they were rolling back to North Bend to look for 4 pair of skis that flew off the ski rack on I-90. Long story short (minus all of the puking feelings, from everyone, including myself and they weren’t even my boards, but have been there before), half the crew called it a day as Carl Simpson and Jeff Rich rolled back to the city to rally some more boards. As you will see in the video below they found some in Jeff’s garage, however they only found one for Carl to go with the one and only good ski they found on the freeway. Crazy day, and I can’t believe we actually got into the Teanaway and ski a BIG day. Live to ski another day, and if you here of some skis found on the freeway recently, please give a shout out! Oh yeah, and the two growlers from Dru Bru sure capped off the wild first half and awesome second half of the day!
Jacob Mandell sent this one over from a 3 day tour he and Tanner Cunningham took this past April 29th thru May 1st, 2015. Below are a few words from Jacob and his recap of their adventure. .
We set out into a new zone neither of us had ever skied or hiked in; the Goat Rocks Wilderness. From April 29- May 1st we set up a base camp below Old Snowy Mountain. From there we circumnavigated Old Snowy, and Ives Peak while skiing from the summit of both and enjoying wonderful corn skiing on all aspects. On our last day we scored a sweet line off of Hawkeye Point, and packed camp, and continued with our 5 mile walk out to the truck. A perfect ski trip in true Wilderness.
photo and video credit / Jacob Mandell
Here’s another Mt. Adams vid from this past May 3rd, 2015. This was the day after Jeff and Carl did the Mt. Tahoma trip with our North of the border bro, Andy Traslin. They had enough energy after the Rainier day to rally the back road to Adams for a 7K BIG day. Screen capture of Andy Traslin and Rowan Stewart on the Summit & below is a short edit Jeff Rich put together of the trip.
Quick look at conditions East of the Cascade Crest, over in the Teanaway Valley. This is to be today’s target as well, however we were held up a little with a gear mishap, so I though I’d post up this edit really quickly while I wait for the gang to roll over Snoqualmie Pass. Oh, BTW, Happy Mother’s Day, Mom and all you awesome mothers out there!
This past Saturday (5/2/15) Jeff Rich, Carl Simpson, Andy Traslin, and Rowen Stewart all set out for Mt. Rainier’s Little Tahoma (via the Sunrise entrance). As you will see in the video, Carl and Jeff hit it perfectly, once again! Below are a few words from Jeff along with his sweet edit of the day.
Andy Traslin and I had been discussing skiing Rainier as soon as we had warm enough temps and soft conditions. With little in the way of high condition reports, I held off. A young ambitious whipper snapper split boarder, that goes by the name of Rowan Stewart, contacted me about doing a traverse from Paradise- Little Tahoma- and exiting via the Fryingpan. Some how I was able to convince the talented little knuckle dragger into just going up the Fryingpan and back out the same entrance. With an opportunity to scout conditions, it was time to call Traslin… and of course my Right Hand Man, Carl Simpson, who is always down to slay and lives 30 minutes from our destination of play. Here is the short vid of what We found.
photo credit / Carl Simpson, video credit / Jeff Rich