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06
Nov

 width= Below is the 2014/2015 Dalbello Sherpa 5/5 I.D. randonnee boot review from this past SIA show. A lot of thought has gone into this boot, that I happen to use year round on or off of the lifts to drive my beefiest skis through the super deep pow or my carve lightweight Summer set up on the PNW volcanoes during the “off” season. Both lines of the Sherpa boots are outstanding for the walk up hill and are TOP shelf when it comes to the downhill FUN part (which is why most of us climb up in the first place). One of my ski heroes who is a wealth of knowledge, Glen Plake has put a lot of time in and into the development of these two ski boots, so it is no wonder how functional the 5/5 and 2/8 are, from the vibram sole that wraps up and around the arch of boot on both sides giving superior traction as you walk over talus fields (something I do very often for 6 months a year) to the special hinge in the boot tongue that allows for a long walking stride with out the torque on the knees.

Here are a few words from Dalbello’s site along with the video review below: Dalbello’s most popular crossover AT/Backcountry/Freeride boot, the Sherpa 5/5 provides all the power and performance to drive even the widest and long est power skis on or off piste. Super lightweight contruction and double Hinge Bio-Stride tongue for functionality superior uphill treks as well. Improved ID Thermo innerboot construction, more forward inclination replaceable 2 tip and tail “ Vibram sole sections.

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05
Nov

Mike Traslin just shot me a note, and sharing the Backcountry Film Festival’s teaser , which showcases mostly clips of the big boy film companies and a short clip of the Traslins!!! That’s right that kick ass video that G3 put together capturing month 95 of Mike and Andy’s quest to keep ‘em turning on snow all year long.

If you happen to be here in the PNW, you may have already caught some of the films and if not, you can hit the North Bend Theater (right at the Western front of the Central Cascades) this Sunday for a little of the action.





Below are a few words the Winter Wildlands Alliance had to say about their film fest:


“Now in its 10th year the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the human powered winter experience through film. The festival aims to entertain while helping to raise funds and awareness for Winter Wildlands and our like-minded partners. The Backcountry Film Festival premieres in Boise ID and then travels to more than 100 locations worldwide. Along the way, the Backcountry Film Festival will be viewed by more than 20,000 outdoor enthusiasts and raise more than $110,000 each year for local organizations working on advocacy, snow safety, outdoor education and SnowSchool programs.” – Winter Wildlands Alliance

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03
Nov

 width= Andy Traslin sent this one over capturing a tiny bit of their trip to Japan this Summer. They were skiing the SE Face of Mt. Asashi-dake in the video below (also a tiny little clip of Pennywise in Vancouver, performing the “Bro Hymn”). Mt. Asashi is the tallest mountain within the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group, which is located in the center of Hokkaido Island. The Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group and/or Daisetsuzan National Park is also part of the massive Pacific Ring of Fire, located at the Southern tip of the “Kurile Arc” section (a tiny chain of islands that begins off the North shore of Hokkaido. Thanks for the share you guys! Photo credit above/Mike Traslin, athlete/Andy Traslin


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02
Nov

 width= If you live in the Pacific Northwest and like to move through the mountains and/or valleys, enjoy cooking, and mostly eating amazing food? THEN, be sure to click the link to get your very own copy of “Cooking Wild Mushrooms”. Many of you out there that ride the Cascade snow, most likely have heard of Starfish Magazine, a snowskate mag that was the creation of a local friend, Tim Leavitt. Meeting Tim years ago, he first impressed me with his very high level of riding on the snow using a snowboard or snowskate. Next, I was impressed with his ability to organize and host super fun snowskate events. But, the biggest shocker was finding he his a wizard in the forest with mushrooms (a mycologist), and now to see what he and his family (and good friends) do with the bounty, simply blew me away!!! If mushrooms are a part of your life (or you are getting into picking them and wondering what to do after the find), I highly recommend getting a copy of this latest book of culinary mushroom masterpieces, as I have watched people come into the Aardvark Express (a local Snoqualmie Pass hiker/traveler haven for excellent food) for a snack after gathering a 5 gallon bucket of Mushrooms (showing their skill/bounty), then flip through Tim’s book, “Cooking Wild Mushrooms”, and be simply stunned with the delectable dishes PAGE after PAGE… Like the Soup recipe for my new favorite Bear’s Head Tooth. Again, click the link and get your copy of “Cooking Wild Mushrooms” for your coffee table.

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Also, just for fun, the video below is a fun day in the mountains with Tim Leavitt at his “Serpentine Massacre” which happens every year in March.

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29
Oct

 width= Hope the title didn’t throw you off, because the powder was not chowder, as the powder skiing took place in one of my very favorite early and late season zones, Chowder Ridge. A zone that isn’t too easily accessed for different reasons at different times of the year (gates, skeeters, fallen trees ect..). Wish I could have synced up with Jeff Rich and Adam Roberts for this fun looking day, that happened this past Monday (10/27/14). Be sure to check out the short edit Jeff Rich put together of a good early PNW non-volcano ski. Photo credit above by Adam Roberts, skier/Jeff Rich.

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28
Oct

 width= Lot’s of new things happening up here on Snoqualmie Pass for the 2014/2015 ski season, but my favorite would be a brand new chair on our home base mountain, Summit East. Yesterday was a heli day, pouring concrete down the line for tower pads, along with a new ski patrol shack at the top terminal. Really cool that the Summit at Snoqualmie reached out to local owner/operator Ron Cline (fellow Summit as Snoqualmie snowboarder) of Central Valley Helicopters , to get the hard to reach areas completed. On a side note about CVH, they offer many services from fire fighting, spraying, sight seeing, and even plucking snowmobiles from deep in the mountains, after getting stuck with no other way to extract. As you can see in the video bellow the WHITE CURTAIN is lowering on our Fall running/hiking and last minute tasks… Bring ON the SNOW (in a couple more weeks, giving the crew the time they need to get’er completed ;-) )!

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27
Oct

 width= This last Friday, there were 3 different groups of Snow Troopers hitting 3 different zones here in the Cascades. One group was slaying the goods up in the Baker zone, another posse taking on Rainier and our good friend, Mike Rolfs spent his day with Aidan Ottley farming some fresh powder up on Spider Glacier. BIG day they spent East of the Cascade Crest, but the worked paid off, as you will see in the video below. Thanks for virtual ski tour Mike!
photo credit/Mike Rolfs, skier/Aidan Ottley

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25
Oct

 width= This Summer our friends Connor Eagan and, his splitboard parter and now fiancee, Sara Dyson spent an epic couple of weeks exploring Argentina. Sara and Connor got a ton of adventure on this tirp, along with a little snowriding too! Stoked for you two, may all of your adventures together be EPIC! This trip sure looked fantastic, thanks for the share you guys!

photo credit/Sara Dyson, splitboarder/Connor Eagan

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21
Oct

Wanted to share this sweet Cliff Jumping edit as we wind down the off-season that gets us to the new round of Cascade fresh snow. H2O baby, we get a lot of up here, I am always thankful for a great cold Winter that gives a little hope to our rapidly shrinking glaciers. Need those ever flowing Cascade glaciers to keep our gardens green and the big cliff huckin’ pools deep! Check it out for a mid-day boost!

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20
Oct

My first big impression of Sweetgrass was four years back with their film “Signatures” where they proved to me you don’t need massive cliffs and/or lines to make an epic film. Then the next time was when, Mt. Baker loc and friend, Zack Giffen made and appearance in the Jungle segment of “Valhalla”. However this next film “Afterglow” has completely blown me away. On top of that I’m proud to say that a couple of Alpental shralpers made the credits in this epic segment, which I can’t wait to see on the BIG screen. Way to go Mark Erickson and Shane Treat, stoked to have some local friends that have worked super hard for years to gain massive knowledge of the mountains and film to progress into a project that brings such a visual bliss to all of the eyeballs wanting it NOW! Also bringing it to those that don’t ski/snowboard, giving them a better understanding of the feeling we get from riding snow! To me, this video best depicts the euphoric feeling one can get from riding a cloud of POWDER! Live to Ski Another Day!

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