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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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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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21
Jan

 width=ALRIGHT, time to fill the morning cup of joe and click play for “Week 2″ of JAPow seen through the lenses of Jeff Rich and Jason Hummel, as they capture good times, deep pow, new friends, and old friends Adam Roberts and Tim Black (that helped spark this eye candy treat). They are hitting it perfectly as you will see, and Jeff has already mentioned starting to save for next year’s trip :-) Check out this short, sweet video Jeff put together, then for some great photos of the CURRENT trip, be sure to stop by Jason’s site @ Alpine State of Mind 

above:skier/ Tim Black, below: skier/ Dave Gheriani

photo credits / Jason Hummel / Alpine State of Mind

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20
Jan

Wanted to share this super sic POV of Candide Thovex, put together with some cool directing (help from the Val Blanc ski resort), to jump ski racers, patrollers, public, slide the bar/deck scene into the gondola, for the next HOT lap. Wondering about the bird shots, especially the bald eagle seen during one of his backflips ;-)

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17
Jan

I’ve been meaning to share this one since catching a view of it the other day. Blew my mind, as I entitled this one “There Goes the Neighborhood” because after seeing this one, you realize that those protected tree zones that kept the sleds out in the heavily traveled areas, now can be navigated with a little skill (or maybe a lot). I have a friend up here that has sold both of his sleds a year or so ago, and only rides his bike 4 stoke MX bike with a conversion kit, which takes him only part of a day to swap out. All I can say is, (being a former dirt bike guy) I now see a need to get back into the dirt biking. It’s the world I left for skins and skis, but there has been so many times in the past, where a ribbon of Spring snow across a road forces a mile or two to an approach. I’ve had the thought before in the past, but having a dog, I never moved on the idea. But NOW, with the Timberline Sleds’ conversion kits, you can have a year round device to “Access the Goods”, saving extra energy for climbing another lap/line, rather than the long approach in and out. However, my guess is most guys that have this set up will leave the boards at home. ;-)

Better save your pennies though, ’cause they run over 6K.

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14
Jan

Here’s a young guy, Zack Moseley, that skis out of Crystal and is a member of the NW Freeride team, who caught my eye at a jr. freeride event Alpental held. Therefore, I immediately clicked play to see what Zack does on a high and dry mid-Winter day. WOW! This kid rocks! Be sure to check it out too, then think cold, deep snow!

CAUTION: little kids and Zack’s grandparents… a couple EXPLICIT lyrics with in the banger pov!!! ;-)

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12
Jan

 width= Tara Simpson, is best known as Crystal Mountain’s 2014/2015 Dirtbag Queen, simply because of her love for skiing (and her best ski partner, Carl Simpson). Tara and Carl Simpson are quite the team of “year round” skiers, logging more vert than most in the deep pow or Summer sun cups. ;-)

 

Below is Tara’s birthday gathering at Crystal Mountain this past December 19th, 2014. Photo credit (above)/Carl Simpson, and video bellow was captured by Jeff Rich/Carl Simpson and mashed together for our viewing pleasure, by Carl.

 

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11
Jan

 width= Oh my! The blood pressure just went up big times, as I watched my friends destroy the goods we’ve all seen on the silver screen. Yah know!?! Those super fluffy, hella deep, dreamy shots, that take place flying through and/or over a forest of perfect maple, silver and white birch trees. WOW! As we sit here in the PNW playing the waiting game. Jeff Rich, Adam Roberts, Tim Black and Jason Hummel are truly living a dream! I can hear them saying, “hey Tim, we are playing the waiting game too… Waiting for the next chair (right now as it is late morning over there) or waiting for daybreak to do it again!” So stoked for them and their dream trip full of freshies. Check out this short video Jeff put together, then for some great photos, stop by Jason’s site @ Alpine State of Mind 

above:skier/ Tim Black, below: skier/ Adam Roberts

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