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25
Nov

Here’s another fantastic looking get away, located just a few clicks outside Fernie, BC. Island Lake Lodge/Catskiing offers excellent terrain for most levels, fine dining/lodging, epic views, and loads of POWDER! Remember this powder stash, especially when there is a trip being planned with a family member(s) or maybe the extended family that doesn’t ski, because they will have a blast in Fernie, while you are blasting through cold blower! Below are a few words from Island Lake Lodge in regards to the very accessible lodge and cat operation.


For 25 years Island Lake Catskiing has been at the top of the list of must ski destinations for every serious skier or boarder. Vast, spectacular terrain topped with 12 metres (40 feet) of snow that consistently makes for some of the best skiing in the world. Island Lake is the ultimate destination for luxury catskiing, spacious rooms with soaker tubs, five star cuisine, full service spa and guest service second to none. There is good reason as to why it’s challenging to get a booking at this world class resort. ~ Island Lake Lodge



Below is Island Lake Catskiing seen through the lens of Freeride Media

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24
Nov

Northern Arizona has been on my radar in recent days, due to the current weather slamming them and mostly because of this short clip Josh Langdon shot of his bro, Ryan Seumptewa. In this 30 second vid Ryan takes a turn where no one had done before, on this breath taking “White Line” route found high in the red rocks of Sodona! When I say breath taking, I mean for the spectators!!! That’s the first Sunday morning video I hope will add a little adrenaline jolt to your coffee and get you ready for the 2nd vid.

The next video, shows how Josh and the gang shift gears when the snow starts flying, in their rad home town of Flagstaff, Arizona (which sits at 7,000′ above sea level). Just outside of town you will find the 9,200 foot base area of the Arizona Snowbowl, which is where the video below originated. The lift system gets them a nice jump start to the amazing terrain the 12,000+ San Francisco Peaks have to offer. Check it, then go visit this really cool zone and see everything from the ghost town of Jerome, to the red rocks of Sodona, and MOST of all, ski the Arizona Snowbowl (and their back country).

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23
Nov

Wondering where to ski this weekend on cold crisp snow that has been groomed up to perfection? Oh yeah, forgot, only 20 bucks and LOTS of sunshine too! The mountain I recommend is Mission Ridge, which is located on the far Eastern slopes of the Cascades in a zone which only gets a fraction of the snow the other Cascade areas receive, but the snow they get is preserved by the “East side’s” colder Winters. I love this mountain for the cruisers and views, but what puts it much higher on my list than other cruiser mountains, like Idaho’s Schweitzer for instance, is Mission Ridge actually has and offers some really cool, BIG mountain lift served terrain with NO lift lines!




Get it this weekend if you’re close or put it on the hit list for a family destination get away, that will please everyone in the group, including the money manager :-) (If you are coming in for a destination visit, I highly suggest staying in the super cool town of Leavenworth, WA – in pic below).


below is a great one which showcases what some locals might not want seen…

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22
Nov

Our friend, Zack Giffin, gives his take along with a tour of his home ski area Mt. Baker, WA. As I have told so many before, I am a huge fan of Mt. Baker and the surrounding endless peaks of the North Cascades, but most of all my dog, Trooper, is welcome to ski everywhere with me and the gang (even on the actual Volcano, Mt. Baker). However, The Snow Troopers call it our home in a way, due to the fact our backcountry here on Snoqualmie Pass meets up with theirs around Stevens Pass, aka the Mt. Baker- Snoqualmie National Forest (I guess we just refer to our home, as the Cascades)!


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21
Nov

Hey Snow Troopers, I’m sure most of you roll daily with a ski pack that has all the essentials (including some kind of mini screw driver with multiple tips), so my guess is,  you have been asked many times in the past for a “tool” or “screw driver” by a snowboarding brother  with a loose binding plate or a skier that needs a din adjustment.



I know I’ve been asked more than one hundred times in the past for a “tool”, anywhere from the lift line to the backcountry (and I’m always stoked to help) but my screw driver is deep in my pack, safely stashed inside my medical kit, which takes a few moves to unpack and lend out. Now, soon as I get my “Click Carabiner” I will just click it on the outside of my pack, where it will be quickly lent out to help a brother or sister in need!!! But first, “Click Carabiner” needs a little help from everyone to get this awesome product kickstarted so it will reach a shop near/or at your home mountain.

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20
Nov

Red Mountain, BC as seen from Big Red Cats’ playground.

If you live in the PNW and want a quick get away (2.5 hrs North of Spokane) for the family or the gang of slashers, that offers endless untracked terrain, then be sure to check out the video of BIG RED CATS, from our friends at Freeride Media. Below are are a few words from BIG RED CATS in regards to their operation.


Come Ski our 8 Peaks! With 19,300 acres of some of the best tree skiing and glades in the world, you can explore our area with day-trips, or week-long packages based at neighbouring Red Mountain Ski Resort. The world’s largest cat skiing operation, running 4 cats a day with separate ability levels, and over 3000 skier days per season. Come and explore fresh tracks and deep powder with our qualified guides, just 2.5 hours north of Spokane, WA at Rossland BC! As the only snowcat skiing operation in British Columbia to offer separate trips for Expert, Advanced, and Intermediate skiers and riders, (and even “Uber Expert” by request), you can enjoy exploring the backcountry with others of a similar ability. – BigRedCatSkiing.com


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19
Nov

Mt. Baker, WA

We’ve had an exciting, early start to this 2013-2014 season. In Washington, super early storms brought enough snow for limited skiing in early October. Yes, we’re talking lift served turns on natural snow at Crystal Mountain and Stevens Pass, WA in early Oct.! And much to our delight, Crystal and Stevens Pass  opened again this past weekend. Now it’s Mt. Baker’s turn. They will open for the season this Thursday, Nov. 21 at 9am. Here’s their announcement:

 

With the 10 additional inches of new snow from yesterday, we can officially announce that Mt Baker will begin DAILY OPERATION, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21st at 9:00 am! We really lucked out yesterday, with most of the warmup heading further south to the other passes. The snow base is variable around the ski area, with approximately 43 inches of snow on top of Pan Dome and approximately 37 inches at Heather Meadows. The forecast looks good, with cooler temperatures on Thursday then moderating temperatures and clearing skies through the weekend. We will be operating BOTH THE WHITE SALMON AND HEATHER MEADOWS BASE AREAS with at least 7 chair lifts and MAIN RUNS ONLY open. Discounted midweek prices will be in effect Thursday and Friday. Stay tuned to this report for updated pricing information Friday. Please note there is EARLY SEASON SNOW COVERAGE and you need to ski and ride with extra caution because there are sudden terrain changes and features, rocks, sticks, stumps, sudden drop-offs and patches of thin coverage around the ski area. The bottom of Chair 5 area has very low snow conditions so go slow and use extra caution in that area. The steeps will be CLOSED and closed areas will be strongly enforced with fines per RCW 79a.45.070.

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18
Nov

EPIC

EpicQuest and its heli ski companies, Chugach Powder Guides and Sun Valley Heli Ski Guides are the focus of a new TV series which premieres this Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at 9pm est on Outside TV. The series called “Epic Quest” is a story-driven docudrama featuring the guides, athletes and operations of the renowned adventure travel company created 25 years ago by a handful of elite outdoorsmen to provide thrill-seekers incomparable trips into the most remote and untamable places on Earth. Tune in to watch their adventures on snow and get a peek behind the scenes of their operation.

 

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17
Nov

As I’m hoping you already know, we have been sharing Bob Legasa’s videos (Freeride Media) now for a few years, which has helped us with our daily fix of eye candy along the way. In one of the recent cat skiing adventures posted on The Snow Troopers, my eye was caught by this rippin’ skier named, Landon Gardner. I don’t really need to tell you where he came from and the current “climbing” route he’s on, because the video below (along with a few words from Landon) happens to sum it up quite well. There’s some very cool freeriding pov action below, so don’t miss it!


Paying homage to my mogul skiing days and finding a new way up the mountain and a new way down the mountain. Take a look through my eyes as I transition from the mogul course to the mountains via Ryan Bingham, Bob Dylan, an ice ax, sturdy friends and a montana landscape -Landon


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16
Nov

Crystal Mtn, WA 11/16

Great snow for Crystal Mountain’s opening day today. Check out our friend Carl Simpson’s video showing how deep it got. Definitely some good early season powder turns out there. If you missed it today, Crystal’s Gondola & Green Valley chair will open again tomorrow at 9am. Tickets are still only $25. The mountain will be closed Monday and Tuesday, but possibly will be reopening on Wednesday.

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