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29
Aug

Everyone’s starting to get amped up for the Winter and thinking POW, so I think it’s time to start sharing the goods from last year (as I think about where to get my August ski in this Saturday). The edit below was sent over by Jackson Blackburn, who rides for our bro’s over at Live 2 Ride Snowboards. Jackson, believe it or not, is somewhat new to the sport of riding snow, let alone waist deep POW. Back at the start of the 2011/2012 season, Jackson, left his home state of Connecticut for Washington, where he rode powder for the first time. Jackson has been hooked ever since that fine powder day. So hooked, he lives out of his 96 Subaru sedan all Winter long traveling up and down the Cascades chasing pow and good times.


Jackson Blackburn – left @ Mt. Rainier/ photo credit Brianna Stoutenburgh, and below Jackson @ Alpental’s May 4th, 2013 backcountry booter fest, going HUGE!!!/ photo credit Mckenzie Smedley


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28
Aug


This past August 6th, Tara and Carl Simpson, along with Silas Wild and Zack Jessel headed up to Mt. Rainier to keep their skiing alive year round. The time lapse at the beginning of the sun cup fest is pretty sweet and the music fits for the aggressive conditions. I have been too busy this past month and only have ’til Saturday to get my ski day in for August. If I manage to find a patch of snow somewhere, I will have linked up 119 months of consecutive skiing in the Cascades.


















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25
Aug

This weekend, the Pacific Northwest finally cooled down and received a bit of moisture. It was a welcome relief after experiencing such a long stretch of hot, dry weather. NOAA reports that the entire western U.S. was warmer than average this summer, with Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah each having a top ten warm month. Oregon also had its driest July on record and here in Washington, we enjoyed our eighth driest July.

 

2014winterWith cooler weather upon us, we turn our thoughts to winter again. The Farmers’ Almanac just released their outlook for the 2013-2014 winter and it looks good for most of the nation:

 

“For 2013–2014, we are forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the nation. A large area of below-normal temperatures will predominate from roughly east of the Continental Divide to the Appalachians, north and east through New England…. Only for the Far West and the Southeast will there be a semblance of winter temperatures averaging close to normal, but only a few areas will enjoy many days where temperatures will average above normal…. Precipitation-wise, the Southern Plains, Midwest, and Southeast will see above-normal conditions, while the rest of the country will average near normal.” Their outlook for the Pacific Northwest is calling for drier than normal conditions. However, considering we get more snow than most in a normal winter, we’re hopeful that it’ll be business as usual. The outlook is calling for heavy winter weather across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic the first 10 days of February and storms from coast to coast in mid-March. We can’t wait!!

Check out more details in the Winter Outlook from Farmers’ Almanac!

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15
Aug

Mt. RainierI spent 2 days this past week (Aug. 8-9, 2013) hiking Mt. Rainier from both the Sunrise and Paradise Visitor Centers. We had a loooong, hot dry spell in the Pacific NW (that just broke today with rain, still warm temps though) so the lower half of Mt. Rainier is snow free now. All trails out of Sunrise are dry (see pix below) as are the trails out of Glacier Basin. See below – dry all the way up to Inter Glacier until the last short pitch to Steamboat Prow (with snow that’s not worth getting after). Trails out of Paradise are also dry with just 3-4 short patches of snow (i.e. not skinnable) until reaching the Muir Snowfield above Pebble Creek. Sun cups were sizable on the snowfield but were soft by early afternoon given the hot sun (temps in the low-mid 70s). Didn’t see any skiers/boarders on this trip.

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13
Aug

shaneMatchstick Productions announced dates for the U.S. tour of its film “McCONKEY” -the long-awaited story of the most influential skier ever. Shane McConkey, a freeskiing and ski base jumping pioneer, inspired countless skiers and this new film, “McConkey”, celebrates and pays tribute to his life and achievements. Check out the trailer and be sure to catch it when it comes to your city. For more info and updates, go to www.theskimovie.com.


 

Squaw Valley, CA 10.05.13 @ KT BASE BAR (OUTDOOR VENUE)

Portland, OR 10.07.13 @ NEWMARK THEATRE

Seattle, WA 10.08.13 @ MCCAW HALL

Los Angeles, CA 10.11-16.13 @ THE REGENT THEATRE

Park City, UT 10.11.13 @ JIM SANTY AUDITORIUM

New York, NY 10.11.13 @ VILLAGE EAST CINEMA

San Francisco, CA 10.14.13 @ PALACE OF FINE ARTS THEATRE

Jackson, WY 10.16.13 @ CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Crested Butte, CO 10.18.13 @ CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Boulder, CO 10.20.13 @ BOULDER THEATER

Denver, CO 10.21.13

Boise, ID 10.24.13 @ EGYPTIAN THEATRE

Missoula, MT 10.26.13 @ WILMA THEATRE

Vancouver, BC 10.29.13 @ CENTENNIAL THEATRE

Whistler, BC 10.30.123 @ MILLENNIUM PLACE

Salt Lake City, UT 11.02.13 @ THE CLIFF LODGE, SNOWBIRD

Minneapolis, MN 11.08.13 @ PANTAGES THEATRE

Boston, MA 11.12.13 @ JOHN HANCOCK HALL

Burlington, VT 11.14.13 @ HIGHER GROUND

Portsmouth, NH 11.15.13 @ THE MUSIC HALL

Asheville, NC 11.19.13 @ DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE

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12
Aug

Mammoth Mountain, Snowbird and Whistler Blackcomb join Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows in offering The Mountain Collective™ Pass for the 2013-2014 winter season. Each 2013-14 passholder will receive: 12 days total at The Collective destinations: 2 days at AltaSnowbird 2 days at Aspen/Snowmass 2 days at Jackson Hole 2 days at Mammoth 2 days at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows 2 days at Whistler Blackcomb – Plus 50% off all additional days at The Collective destinations. No blackout dates. Passholders also receive up to 25% off lodging at The Collective destinations. All our favorite resorts outside of the Pacific NW on one pass – we love it! Get this great deal now WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.


$379* USD ADULT PASS … $239* USD CHILD (12 & UNDER) PASS.

Visit www.TheMountainCollective.com or call (800) 705-6286 for more information.

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07
Aug

We’re on a hot streak in the Pacific NW with the only good snow remaining found on our glaciers. So we find our thoughts drifting south with focus on Portillo in Chile’s Andes Mountains. Their winter season opened a month ago. Its 1235 acres of skiable terrain attracts the most world class skiers each summer. It hosts summer training for the U.S., Canadian and Austrian National Ski Teams, among others. According to coaches, the accessibility, service, runs, and snow make Portillo second to none when it comes to organizing summer training sessions for premier Olympic skiers.  It also hosts the most elite freeride camp every summer coached by Chris Davenport of Aspen, CO, Mike Douglas of Whistler, BC, Ingrid Backstrom of Squaw Valley, CA, Wendy Fisher of Crested Butte, CO, and Chris Anthony of Vail, CO. Check out the video below. The Superstars Camp is geared towards expert skiers looking to take their skiing to the next level with coaching on the skills of steep skiing, terrain recognition and management, proper mechanics and powder skiing techniques. This year’s camp, which takes place August 10-17, is sold out. But you can still ski Portillo and hang with the elite athletes. The ski area has just one hotel offering all-inclusive accommodations (see below) to a maximum of 450 guests a week (hey, that’s about the capacity of a 747). That means guests, Chris, Ingrid and athletes have the opportunity to dine and apres together. Good times for sure! For more information or to book a Portillo vacation, visit www.skiportillo.com, email reservas@skiportillo.com or call toll-free from North America, 1.800.829.5325. And be sure to plan early for next summer’s Superstars Camp.

 


Ski Portillo weeks are based on a Saturday-to-Saturday stay and all packages include: Seven days unlimited access to ski lifts; seven nights lodging; four meals per day (breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner); complimentary use of heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna,  fitness center, full court gymnasium, aerobics and yoga classes, cinema, game room with rock climbing wall, children’s activities, disco, piano bar, ski check, boot check and timed race courses; day care for children ages 4 to 7 years old is free of charge.

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03
Aug

That’s right, I hear that train is comin’, comin’ around the bend… I mean comin’ around the lake, from Easton WA, to Snoqualmie Pass, WA. The train I’m referring to is the Aardvark Food Hut’s new home, which our good friend Dan Wood (Aardvark’s owner/operator) has been working on the restoration for quite sometime now. Finally the work down in Easton on the train is completed, and now Dan’s HUGE task is to get that monster train car up to the Pass. So, what we are in high hopes from all of our friends, who call Snoqualmie Pass their home turf to our snow lovin’ friends around the world, is to help give that train a boost rolling up to it’s new home. That new home will be located right between the Chevron and Hotel. Dan’s food is fantastic, and we all can’t wait to have him in his new train car, creating a down home Snoqualmie Pass hang out! Check out the vid below and please hit the kickstarter site and help out if you can. Thanks Snow Troopers!


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31
Jul

Having taken the last two weeks off from skiing and spending them right here on Snoqualmie Pass, hiking North of I-90, prompted this post. Back on May 12th-14th, Andrew Eckels, Jacob Mandell, Garett Roth, and Cory Tarilton took a nice walk North of Interstate 90, looking for good lines and good times. Well, they found both and to share some of the good times, Andrew put together the sweet video (along with a few words) below that recaps their 3 day walkabout.



For Snoqualmie Traverse: Back in May myself, Jacob, Cory, and Garret set out to do a big traverse in the snoqualmie pass area. The trip began with a starlit skin through the commonwealth basin to the Kendall catwalk where we spent the night. On our way to Mt Thompson we ran witnessed wet slide activity and decided to scale back our trip. We spent some time napping by a lake and climbing a funny little couloir before setting out for Alaska mountain where we set up camp. In the morning we summited Alaska and began an interesting descent. It took some shenanigans but we found the one way down the mountain which happened to be a very thinly covered gully.



From there we headed back up silver creek and did a side trip to ski one of the kendall couloirs before heading back up to the catwalk. We descended the commonwealth at sunset and made it to the car just before dark

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24
Jul

This past Sunday, July 21st, I wanted to blaze a trail towards Alta Pass to enjoy the epic day along with seeking out new targets for next year. I mostly wanted to bang out a short edit to share/ turn everyone on to some excellent music, performed by my bro Jared Adair aka Soulfuli. Jared is new to the Puget Sound, out of Georgia, so I can’t wait to get his music backing next year’s powder action, along with getting our new friend out on the slopes, so he can too experience the sicness we all suffer from… In the snow covered mountains near YOU!


Mt. Rainier as seen from Alta Pass – 7/21/13


Below are some of the views from Snoqualmie Pass to Alta Pass backed by the song “Head High” performed by Soulfuli, from the album Head High. Check him out and keep tuned for upcoming Soulfuli shows here in the Puget Sound!

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