Andy Traslin sent this one over capturing a tiny bit of their trip to Japan this Summer. They were skiing the SE Face of Mt. Asashi-dake in the video below (also a tiny little clip of Pennywise in Vancouver, performing the “Bro Hymn”). Mt. Asashi is the tallest mountain within the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group, which is located in the center of Hokkaido Island. The Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group and/or Daisetsuzan National Park is also part of the massive Pacific Ring of Fire, located at the Southern tip of the “Kurile Arc” section (a tiny chain of islands that begins off the North shore of Hokkaido. Thanks for the share you guys! Photo credit above/Mike Traslin, athlete/Andy Traslin
If you live in the Pacific Northwest and like to move through the mountains and/or valleys, enjoy cooking, and mostly eating amazing food? THEN, be sure to click the link to get your very own copy of “Cooking Wild Mushrooms”. Many of you out there that ride the Cascade snow, most likely have heard of Starfish Magazine, a snowskate mag that was the creation of a local friend, Tim Leavitt. Meeting Tim years ago, he first impressed me with his very high level of riding on the snow using a snowboard or snowskate. Next, I was impressed with his ability to organize and host super fun snowskate events. But, the biggest shocker was finding he his a wizard in the forest with mushrooms (a mycologist), and now to see what he and his family (and good friends) do with the bounty, simply blew me away!!! If mushrooms are a part of your life (or you are getting into picking them and wondering what to do after the find), I highly recommend getting a copy of this latest book of culinary mushroom masterpieces, as I have watched people come into the Aardvark Express (a local Snoqualmie Pass hiker/traveler haven for excellent food) for a snack after gathering a 5 gallon bucket of Mushrooms (showing their skill/bounty), then flip through Tim’s book, “Cooking Wild Mushrooms”, and be simply stunned with the delectable dishes PAGE after PAGE… Like the Soup recipe for my new favorite Bear’s Head Tooth. Again, click the link and get your copy of “Cooking Wild Mushrooms” for your coffee table.
Also, just for fun, the video below is a fun day in the mountains with Tim Leavitt at his “Serpentine Massacre” which happens every year in March.
Colorado ski lifts are running today! Both Arapahoe Basin (which opened for the season on 10/17) and Loveland are open for skiing and riding on 18″ of machine made snow. The race to host Opening Day is one of the highlights of the ski season, a title often held by Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin or Loveland Ski Area. Both resorts are perched atop the Continental Divide, giving them higher elevations, earlier frosts, and colder temperatures. This also allows them to stay open long into the spring. A-Basin and Loveland are part of the 2014/15 Colorado Gems Card program together with Arapahoe Basin, Eldora Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn Resort, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch, and Sunlight Mountain Resort. The Gems Card, which costs just $20, features two-for-one lift tickets and exclusive Flash Deal promotions. Each Gems Card is good for one use per Gems resort, per season, and only a limited number of Gems Cards are available for sale.
The Colorado Gems program is presented by Icelantic Skis; a Colorado-based ski manufacturer that brings art, adventure, creativity, passion, and innovation to their handmade skis.
Chris Davenport, is not just a two time World Extreme Skiing Champion and film ski-lebrity. As “Faces of Dav“, a new Red Bull eight part web series, reveals, he is a big mountain legend who continues to push the limits of athletic greatness and a savvy businessman/part owner of Kastle skis who understands that a legend is a product of hard work and not glory. Above all, he is a family man and a friend (who, despite his crazy busy schedule, somehow always manages to find time for us Snow Troopers -here’s our earlier post after we skied with him in CO.) Watch him in action in “Faces of Dav“. After you get to know him as the mountaineer, adventurer, engineer, father, guide, etc., we think you’ll come to understand why we think he’s one of our generation’s most legendary big mountain skiers. The player did not embed properly, so here’s a link to Red Bull
Hope the title didn’t throw you off, because the powder was not chowder, as the powder skiing took place in one of my very favorite early and late season zones, Chowder Ridge. A zone that isn’t too easily accessed for different reasons at different times of the year (gates, skeeters, fallen trees ect..). Wish I could have synced up with Jeff Rich and Adam Roberts for this fun looking day, that happened this past Monday (10/27/14). Be sure to check out the short edit Jeff Rich put together of a good early PNW non-volcano ski. Photo credit above by Adam Roberts, skier/Jeff Rich.
Lot’s of new things happening up here on Snoqualmie Pass for the 2014/2015 ski season, but my favorite would be a brand new chair on our home base mountain, Summit East. Yesterday was a heli day, pouring concrete down the line for tower pads, along with a new ski patrol shack at the top terminal. Really cool that the Summit at Snoqualmie reached out to local owner/operator Ron Cline (fellow Summit as Snoqualmie snowboarder) of Central Valley Helicopters , to get the hard to reach areas completed. On a side note about CVH, they offer many services from fire fighting, spraying, sight seeing, and even plucking snowmobiles from deep in the mountains, after getting stuck with no other way to extract. As you can see in the video bellow the WHITE CURTAIN is lowering on our Fall running/hiking and last minute tasks… Bring ON the SNOW (in a couple more weeks, giving the crew the time they need to get’er completed )!
This last Friday, there were 3 different groups of Snow Troopers hitting 3 different zones here in the Cascades. One group was slaying the goods up in the Baker zone, another posse taking on Rainier and our good friend, Mike Rolfs spent his day with Aidan Ottley farming some fresh powder up on Spider Glacier. BIG day they spent East of the Cascade Crest, but the worked paid off, as you will see in the video below. Thanks for virtual ski tour Mike!
photo credit/Mike Rolfs, skier/Aidan Ottley
Winter storm warning in effect for our Washington mountains for elevations above 3500 ft – fast forward to winter. HERE WE GO!!! Here’s the full text from the National Weather Service: WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET FOR HEAVY SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON. * HAZARD TYPE…HEAVY SNOW. * SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…HURRICANE RIDGE…MOUNT BAKER SKI AREA… STEVENS PASS…PARADISE…WHITE PASS. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…4 INCHES AT STEVENS PASS…WHITE PASS…AND HURRICANE RIDGE. 4-8 INCHES AT MOUNT BAKER SKI AREA AND PARADISE. * TIMING…SNOW SHOWERS WILL OCCUR TODAY THEN TAPER THIS EVENING. * IMPACTS…THIS IS THE FIRST EVENT OF THE SEASON THAT WILL BRING SNOW TO ELEVATIONS AS LOW AS STEVENS PASS. THE CRITERIA FOR WINTER STORMS IN THE MOUNTAINS IS LOWER FOR THE FIRST EVENT OF THE SEASON…4 INCHES. AT THIS TIME IT APPEARS THAT SNOQUALMIE PASS WILL REMAIN BELOW THE SNOW LEVEL TODAY AND JUST GET RAIN.
This Summer our friends Connor Eagan and, his splitboard parter and now fiancee, Sara Dyson spent an epic couple of weeks exploring Argentina. Sara and Connor got a ton of adventure on this tirp, along with a little snowriding too! Stoked for you two, may all of your adventures together be EPIC! This trip sure looked fantastic, thanks for the share you guys!
photo credit/Sara Dyson, splitboarder/Connor Eagan
Western Washington received its 1st snowfall of the season with Alpental reporting today that it amounted to 5″ of new snow up top. Winter is fast approaching and we can’t wait. If you haven’t already, be sure to get the Summit at Snoqualmie season pass at a discount before their deadline of October 31st. In the meantime, meet us tomorrow, Oct. 25th for Roktoberfest at Alpental 6pm-11pm. Click on the image at right for more event info. See ya there!