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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
Not surprised to see the sweet early season edit Peter Alport did for Mt. Bachelor with the goods from late November early December. Good cold smoke and BIG air!
Wondering what to do with the kiddos this not so white and snowy PNW Christmas break? Well, check out the video below from our friends at Freeride Media for a great option( (for the 12 yr old and up rippers), not too far from our homes here in the PNW… Big RED Cats!