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31
Dec

Join the Snow Troopers on New Year’s Day, 6pm, at Pro Ski Service in North Bend, WA to meet Alaska’s legendary big mountain skier and mountain guide Dean Cummings. He will be presenting his award-winning Steep Life Protocols and new film “Chugach” starting at 7pm at the North Bend Theatre. All skiers, snowboarders and backcountry travelers should plan to attend. Dean’s Steep Life Protocols presentation offers an opportunity to learn Dean’s sensible approach to staying safer in the mountains and avoiding avalanches through practical terrain management. Dean refined Steep Life Protocols during his last 24 years of guiding in the Chugach Range of Alaska, Wasatch Range of Utah, and Andes Mountains of South America, and pioneering thousands of first descents in mountains all over the world. Guy Lawrence, head of Marketing at the Summit at Snoqualmie, calls the Steep Life Protocols “hands down one of the best, most practical snow safety presentations I’ve seen! Way impressed.” While there, be sure to talk to Martin Volken, UIAGM certified Swiss Mountain Guide and owner of Pro Ski Service and Pro Guiding Service about their extensive offering of AIARE avalanche education, ski touring, ski mountaineering, steep skiing, alpine climbing, ice climbing and rock climbing courses and trips.

Start 2014 off right and join us for an evening of celebrating The Steep Life and learning protocols for staying safer while doing what we love: Live to ski another day. Happy New Year!


Meet Dean Cummings in North Bend 1/1/14

 

More about Steep Life Protocols

Dean Cummings’ Steep Life Protocols is grounded on practical terrain management for skiers, snowboarders, and other mountain travelers who travel in avalanche terrain. Dean teaches and illustrates through his knowledge and experiences:


  • On-the-go snow assessment from the top down
  • Digging hasty pits
  • Constant visual-verbal communication with partners
  • Group-team emphasis
  • Skiing/riding safe zone to safe zone until totally clear of potential avalanche paths
  • Skiing/riding ridgelines, apexes and high points
  • Avoiding convex/concave terrain, chutes and gullies, unsupported slopes, and steeps to flats
  • 3 strikes methodology – identify potential avalanche warning signs, gauge risk, and decide
    when to move to safer locations or call it off and head to the bar.
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Dec

I think our friends over at Peak Media located the goods this late December. Based out of Slocan, BC (which is between Castlegar and Nelson), Snowwater Heli-Skiing is another somewhat easy spot for many out of the PNW to get that powder fix. Below is a look at the operation through the lens of Peak Travels, along with a few words from Snowwater Heli-Skiing.


Amid the growing popularity of heli-skiing in British Columbia, Snowwater has established itself as the leader in professionally guided, small group heli-skiing. From its location deep in British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains, Snowwater offers skiers and riders an opportunity to experience the legendary light Kootenay powder and stunning mountain terrain. Heli skiing at Snowwater combines adventure and excitement, an exquisite private mountain setting for only 12 guests at a time, with a holiday experience that is as exclusive as it is personalized. Our snowcat back up ensures zero down time, enabling skiers and riders to maximize valuable vacation time on the slopes. Join us for the ultimate heli skiing experience in British Columbia.


Be sure to check out this sic edit with some great slo mo shots!!! Thanks Jim Bolser and Peak Media!

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28
Dec

Our friend Joey Mara just sent this quality edit over of their first “Waist Deep Media” project for the 2013/2014 ski season. This first episode features Stevens Pass and the early season goods they have been blessed with, during this slow starting PNW Winter. The Snow Troopers are excited to be visiting Stevens Pass this upcoming Jan. 4th and 5th with BIG mountain ski legend, Dean Cummings. So please click play for the video below and jot the dates down to come meet, ski, and soak up all the knowledge you can from Dean Cummings.


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27
Dec

Stoked for this fresh one from Tyler Tran, on his recent break from Western Washington University. Looks like they hit it right, be sure to check out the video below along with a few notes Tyler sent along with the vid. Thanks for the great STOKE!


Tim, Ashton, Thomas and Tyler spent their first week of winter break on a trip to Revelstoke and Roger’s Pass. We decided to use a DV cam (Sony trv-900) to tell the story with a couple 35mm point and shoots and a medium format camera- it was an all out analog trip. After packing up the 2 cars they left Bellingham, Washington at 10pm on December 13th, starting out in Roger’s Pass and ending in Revelstoke.


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26
Dec

Short video from this past December 16th, showing the good coverage up on Mt. Rainier’s Paradise Glacier. Big THANKS to Carl Simpson for the pic to the left of Rory Robison and the sweet video below. The trio of ski skinners, Tara Simpson, Carl and Rory were all back up there today seeking the better snow found in the higher zones.


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25
Dec

Merry Christmas Snow Troopers, from a very rare / not so white one, here in the Central Cascades at 2,600′. The short video below will give you a quick peek at the conditions around 5,000 feet on Snoqualmie Pass, which aren’t too bad. However, as you make it down from the higher elevations to pass elevation, (you will see) it changes quite a bit. I guess quite a bit is an understatement, it changes to nothing or not much at all.


The only folks stoked on the lack of snow, would be the construction crew on “The Pass Life” project.


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24
Dec

Moonlight Basin, a super sweet resort made even better with their neighbor and new family member, Big Sky! Below is what Big Sky had to say in regards to the great ONE-TWO punch in the heart of this laid back Big Sky country (located just an hour out of Bozeman, MT).


As of October 1, 2013, Cross Harbor in partnership with Boyne completed the purchase of Moonlight Basin and is now permanently part of one great (and huge) ski complex – Big Sky Resort. With over 30 lifts, 4,350 vertical feet and 5,750 total acres of skiing, the combination of Moonlight with Big Sky and Spanish Peaks resorts makes skiing both Big Sky bigger and better. If you’ve skied Moonlight in the past for its low-key vibe and impressive terrain, you’ll find the amenities and feel will remain the same, but with day tickets that don’t cut you off when you hit a border. If you love (and ski) both mountains, you’ll enjoy a seamless and cheaper way to enjoy all that Lone Mountain and Andesite have to offer.


Below is the Moonlight Basin highlight video from Freeride Media.

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23
Dec

Northern Arizona resident Josh Langdon, put the mtn bike away for a bit the other day, so he could get some of the early season goods that has been hitting the SW. Two day’s ago Josh kicked out a lift served POWDER video, banging out hot laps on Dec 20th, which I will post below the ski tour video from yesterday (12/22/13). I myself, have never skied “Arizona Snowbowl“, but I have been there in the Summer and It looks super fun (especially the backcountry terrain that Josh Langdon and Jason Fields feature in the video below).


Arizona Snowbowl Backcountry on 12/22/13


Arizona Snowbowl lift served powder surfin’ with Josh on 12/20/13


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22
Dec

Recent Winter break fun for some of the WWU Snow Troopers, departing Bellingham Dec. 14, on a five day traverse through the Bonnington Range South of Nelson, B.C.


We (Ben Gregory, Jacob Mandell, and myself, Cory Tarilton) left Bellingham, WA on the morning of Dec 14th for the 8 hour drive to Nelson. At the U.S. border, we realized that Ben had left his repaired skin in Cory’s garage and were set back an hour to grab it. After cooking on logging equipment and a bivy in the 4runner, we set out on the traverse from East to West. Our plan was to spend one night in the Huckleberry hut, three nights at Copper hut (where we would spend a night with Ben’s roommates and friends), and one night in the Steed before skipping the final Grassy hut on our exit. We awoke the second morning to valley fog and made slow process towards the Copper Hut. Midday, the sky cleared and we could see our objective far off on the snaking ridgeline. Cold, clear skies turned to a frigid, shadowy moonscape as the full moon rose and we plodded on. Arriving in the Copper Valley, we were greeted by snowghosts and the deceiving shadows they cast. Unable to locate the hut amidst the full moon, we were forced to have an unplanned bivy. The following morning, we found water from an artesian spring that had not thoroughly frozen over yet, and made our way to a high point to plan our continuing search in the valley. From high on Copper, Ben spotted a clearing near a large stand of trees and a bulbous mushroom of snow that was the hut’s roof. Gear was dried, hot food was made, and a sunset lap with our carswapping buddies ensued. They left before light the next day following our beta on the route which had stymied us in the clouds, and they gave advice for the funnest runs that we could ski towards the steed hut. The next day was farming of the perfect glades all around the hut. We decided to embark in the near solstice daylight for our following two traverse days. On our first travel day, the mercury at the hut was reading -1… Fahrenheit. Cold temps made for fast travel, quick transitions, and great stable snow. All in All we covered close to 40 miles of terrain over the trip and hope to head back soon!



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21
Dec

This is a cool short backcountry piece with Alpental local, Bryce Phillips, who always finds time to spend right at home, during his super busy schedule getting the ski community hooked up with killer deals @ EVO, and now actually building a ski community for his ski family. Just think, if you have ever been to EVO’s brick and mortar store and dig the awesome vibe, well you should check out the “Pass Life” community being built right now up on Snoqualmie Pass, WA (named “The Village at the Summit“). So stoked to see this “phase one” of two phases sold out before they even started building the project. I think it was last week, when I had seen a shout out from Bryce, telling all that phase two is “Game ON”. So if you would like to get in on this first of a kind project on Snoqualmie Pass (that includes a museum, bar and grill, and brewery & MORE!)… DON’T DELAY!


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