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
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.
Backcountry skiers joined Cody Barnhill (Dynafit freeride athlete/designer and star of Sweetgrass Production’s award winning film, Valhalla) at Pro Ski and Mountain Service this week to celebrate its unveiling as the Northwest’s only Dynafit Competence Center. Pro Ski and Mountain Service joins a select group of just six other retailers in N. America to partner with Dynafit in this program. Dynafit’s Operations Director, Drew Saunders, was on hand to explain that this group of specialty retailers share the Dynafit DNA and passion for backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. In addition to demonstrating a deep knowledge of, and commitment to, the sport, Pro Ski and Mountain Service is also home to Pro Guiding Service which provides backcountry skiing education, trips and tours -making the address a very special, one stop shop for backcountry skiers. Dynafit recognizes this and reserves the Competence Center designation for only those shops that it holds in high esteem. Drew praised owner, Martin Volken for “setting a high bar; he’s a guide and expert in his field and I can tell you that even personally, when I encounter a situation, I’ll consult the bible of backcountry skiing which Martin wrote – you can’t set the bar any higher than that”. In addition to that book, “Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski touring and Ski mountaineering”, Martin and his team of certified mountain guides have also authored other books: “Backcountry Skiing Snoqualmie Pass” and “Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes Washington”.
Cody and the Dynafit team gave away a pair of sweeet looking Chugach skis (double rocker!! 135-107-121mm, 22m turning radius). The Chugach are Dynafit’s new 2015/16 freeride touring skis which Cody helped design. We saw the skis in action during the party’s screening of Dynafit’s film, From the Road, starring Cody Barnhill, Eric Henderson (on Chugach skis) and team Dynafit (trailer below). The film captures the team’s ski touring trip through Alaska’s iconic heli corridor (i.e. sans heli). Check out the complete line of new Dynafit skis as well as the new Beast bindings and Vulcan boots at Pro Ski and Mountain Service in N. Bend, WA. Live to ski another day!
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!!!
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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!
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!