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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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07
Jan

 width= Whitefish Mountain Resort update from 1/5/15 with Trevor Howard and Big Dave making POW turns for Eric’s Tyme MaSheen edit! Can’t wait to back… SOON! If you’re chomping at the bit to get out of the high and dry action be sure to visit Whitefish Mountain Resort’s website “skiwhitefish.com“for deals and lodging.

photo credit / Whitefish Mountain Resort

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06
Jan

 width= This one comes as the Jeff Rich, Adam Roberts and Jason Hummel are leaving. Maybe call it a little pre-stoke edit, that Mr. Rich put together beautifully, to kick off their JAPAN trip! That’s right, those three guys right now, are like three little kids waiting for Christmas morning. When the sun rises tomorrow, so will the wheels on their flight. Can’t wait to see the adventures to come this month! Photo credit above/Jason Hummel Photography (be sure to also check his killer photo site, Alpine State of Mind) , skier/Jeff Rich along with his edit below. Enjoy, it’s a good one!

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05
Jan

Well, not much to say after last night’s first, epic, low coverage, bottomless ski of the season… Except, CRAP! As soon as I finished my powder play last night here at Summit East, the frozen rain began, and it was followed by more than 5 inches of rain? Take a look at what was going on in the Cascades (North and South of Snoqualmie Pass) to the tops of every ski lift.

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As I experienced this wild weather today, I couldn’t help but have a flash back to the avalanche of 2009, that took place here at Hyak. It wiped out our main chair lift and a house along with it, stopping 150 yards above our home base. Along with wild/scary memories, I can’t help to think of another that took place that day. Chris ‘Tar and our beloved Ryan Graham (with the help of their inter-tube sponsor, Polo ;-) ) took advantage of the rare conditions, and had a tubing sesh down Yellowstone Rd., Jan 9th, 2009. All captured by Josh Becker!

 

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05
Jan

 width= Below is a quick look at the Summit East ski area, yesterday (1/4/15) between 2PM and Sunset. Super small window, because the skiing wasn’t worth climbing Hyak until about 6 to 7 inches stacked up at the base area. It took most of the day to accumulate, but the skiing was well worth the wait and the best I’ve had at home this slow starting Winter. Wishing I were out their this morning, but 30 minutes after I walked off the nice fresh snow (last night), the frozen rain began, then turned over to full on RAIN ever since. OK, the silver lining is now, we will have a rock solid base to get this season GOING in the lower zones!

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03
Jan

 width= Whitefish, MT, I can’t say enough about this awesome mountain town, that has something for everyone in your party (even if they don’t ski). However, it really is a ski town that has a world class resort looking down on the main drag. Also should mention the “off season” for all of us snow lovers happens to be the “peak season” for the Summer tourist hitting Glacier National Park. Reading all of that, you might think there are big lift lines and a crowded mountain too, but that is far from reality. On my last day of this trip, my good friend Nathan Powell and I stood by chair 1 to get a time lapse, when he commented that the line was about as big as it ever gets (for a busy weekend). As you will see in the first video below, it doesn’t take long to go from “first chair” to NO lift line (which I have found in all of my days so far at Whitefish Mountain Resort, to be typical). In a one week stay at Whitefish, you should see everything in the vid below, except a little deeper cold POWDER! The morning after we took off from Whitefish, I got the text from “Big Dave” letting me know they had a foot powder waiting for them. Mother Nature’s faucet stayed on pretty good thru the holidays and is still cranking into the New Year.

 

 

In my view, to call a certain zone home, there needs to be a perfect mix of “lift served skiing”, “backcountry skiing”, “year round skiing”, amazing views, along with breathtaking running and hiking trails… This place has it all, and the cost of living is much better than your typical world class resorts. Here’s the banger deal, EAT, SKI, SLEEP, repeat for just $84 bucks. Another idea is the Amtrak train, just checked a fare from Seattle to Whitefish, 2 weeks out on a Sunday night, and found coach under $70 bucks and the “superliner roomette” was under $170, (which sleeps 2). Smoking deals, so grab the crew and head for Whitefish, but let me know when you’re going! ;-)

 

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01
Jan

Located deep in the heart of the legendary Selkirk Mountains, Valhalla Powdercats invites you to come and be professionally guided through a diverse and engaging mix of big mountain terrain. Our tenure is six times the size of Whistler and Blackcomb combined, offering seasoned skiers a hearty selection of high alpine bowls, steep, old-growth forests, and endless, untracked Kootenay powder all day long. Expect zero line ups, and the sweetest, deepest, white gold, you will ever have the good fortune to sink into – Valhalla Powdercats

 

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