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06
Feb

SnoSk8s are quite popular in the PNW, having many friends that can BIG mountain ride them. I should say, NOW they can ride the BIG mountains, as I can remember a bunch of friends taking it up years ago, when it was fresh, making comments like,” Snowskates (snosk8s) make a little mountain, BIG, but fast forward almost a decade (I think) and these guys are taking them to new heights (as they and the Sk8s evolved). Onto the vid below, not sure what the backstory might have been, or their knowledge in the bc, but as you can see, the tension was high… I’m sure for the Skater too, remembering that SnoSk8s make a small mountain much bigger ( making the nice sized sluff, to the sk8er, feel as if he were on a 2,000′ face in AK, being chased down by a monster). “Live to Ski Another Day!”

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06
Feb

 width=This is the “Final Chapter of Jeff Rich, Adam Roberts, Tim Black and Jason Hummel’s recent trip to the very snowy island of Hokkaido, Japan. Once agin, their timing was perfect (on wk #3), catching the backcountry of Kiroro and Rustsu ski areas in the hella DEEP, along with some great eye candy on Mount Yotei’s ski tour. Be sure to check out Jeff’s final edit of, what sure looked like to me, the TRIP of a lifetime. Also, be sure to visit Jason Hummel’s site @ Alpine State of Mind to see all of his amazing shots from this trip.

 

above:skier/ Adam Roberts, photo credit / Jason Hummel / Alpine State of Mind
Jeff Rich’s video below

 

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04
Feb

 width=Take a look at the well thought out, Instinden backpack. Below are a few words from Bergans of Norway in regards to the “Istinden” backpack(s) (18L, 26L & 34L).

 

Istinden 26 L is an innovative and stylish ski touring pack. It employs a secure solution for diagonal ski carrying on the way up and quick and simple access to avalanche safety equipment via an external pocket on the way down. It also has an athletic design that makes it an excellent fit even when you’re making a fast turn.
Istinden is part of Bergans’ Slingsby range, which consists of ski touring and mountaineering products in which superior functionality, low weight and premium durability are perfectly balanced. Slingsby provides exactly what’s needed with nothing surplus to requirements!


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04
Feb

 width= Alright, as I’m posting this “Spring Like” video of Tara and Carl Simpsons’ latest adventure to Mt. Rainier, the “Spring Like” weather continues ( Spring=Variable ), as there is fresh snow to be had today, in the same zones featured in the vid below. However, just like Spring, it will be quite different before you know it (and you will see shots of Carl in a t-shirt, just like to one to the left), so get after the small dose of fresh in the high country, while the gettin’ is good.

 

photo credit / Tara Simpson, skier / Carl Simpson

 

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03
Feb

You may remember the gnarly unstable slope Julien Lopez found himself on a while back where he narrowly escaped death (if not, take a quick look below before watching today’s FWT incident).



Below are a few words from the Freeride World Tour in regards to today’s incident involving Julien Lopez (as he was hiking back up to grab his lost ski).


After the decision to stop the competition in Kappl / Austria, we thought we would catch up with Julien Lopez and the mountain guides to try to understand what happened and how Julien is doing after his scare. In this episode of the FWT Journal you will hear that “risk zero” does not exist and that no matter how many safety measure you take, and the tour organizers go above and beyond with this, the danger of avalanche is always very real in the mountains. Food for thoughts! Stay safe out there…


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03
Feb

 width= They didn’t need a groundhog in Whitefish Montana, to tell them wax the boards, the locals of Whitefish Mountain Resort, MT have Eric (aka Tyme Masheen) and Big Dave to report the conditions just around the corner, not to mention there fantastic job of reporting the daily conditions on the mountain. Awesome job guys! Also, want to give a shout out to another friend, Craig Moore of GlacierWorld.com (featured in the 2/2/15 vid below as Eric’s video victim) who takes epic shots year round in this amazing part of our beautiful country.

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02
Feb

 width=Great look and waterproof. Below are a few words from Bergans of Norway in regards to the “Storen” jacket

 

Light and uncompromising 3-layer shell jacket made from Dermizax®NX material for maximum weather protection, outstanding breathability and maximum freedom of movement. Storen is part of Bergans’ Slingsby range, which consists of ski touring and mountaineering products in which superior functionality, low weight and premium durability are perfectly balanced. Slingsby provides exactly what’s needed with nothing surplus to requirements!

 


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28
Jan

 width= Take a look at the conditions on Mt. Rainier from this past Monday (1-26-15), through the lens of Carl Simpson. The Sun was out the temps were up (with a little wind effect, but Tara, Carl, Zack and company always tend to finds the pockets of goodness), making it seem like post season with big coverage. Thinking I might have to make the drive up to Rainier too, as it truly feels like June here at Hyak, with almost NO snow on the slope.

 

video and photo credit / Carl Simpson, skier / Tara Simpson

 


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27
Jan

 width= I was out skiing the lower elevation lifts on Snoqualmie Pass yesterday, and MAN, it’s close to being put on hold (that’s just my view of how it felt in the gut :-( ). However, if you ride mid-mountain and up at Alpental (which is open today 9-4), the conditions are far better. Almost night and day. That being said, Tara and Carl Simpson, who call Crystal Mountain Resort their home, have shared a ton of powder action from the “Higher Zone” (whether it was Crystal or Mt. Rainier NP and/or both), as seen below in Carl’s “mid-January/mid-mountain and up” powder adventure compilation.

photo and video credit / Carl Simpson

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24
Jan

 width= It has been a wet month in the Cascades, adding to the really tough times for the WA ski industry, but their is still good skiing to be had… If your timing is good, or you just ski almost every day, like Tara and Carl Simpson, along with their good friends Stephanie and Zack Jessel (all seen in photo to left, minus Carl, who snapped the sweet shot).

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