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15
Dec

This past Sunday, the 8th of December, The Summit Park Crew held their first event, “Up Jib Creek”. I threw “frozen” into the title because of the unusual amount of early season ice. Not to mention the unusual lack of snow, which has everyone itching to get out and do something! Thanks to The Summit at Snoqualmie, the fact Alpental has a little snow and only one green dot trail (St. Bernard). The one and only green dot trail at Alpental, had just enough snow and happened to be long enough to set up a couple lines with a few features each. If you are wondering what the object is in the photo to the left, it’s the hella steep, St. Bernard covered magic carpet. Having just got my hands on the new Slayer Cam by Reel Cameras, I was itching myself, for a little something happening on the snow. Now, thanks to the event, I could capture and edit up some footy from these sweet tiny versatile cameras (that happen to come with a waterproof case and a load of mounts, for just a little over $200 bucks – INSANE !).

 

 

1st place-Rory McCabe (center), 2nd place Colby Vavolotis (left), 3rd place Josh Wirta (right)

 

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14
Dec

Didn’t get this one shared when our bro, Carl Simpson, got this edit up earlier this month, because he was out getting so many good days in late November through mid-December( I couldn’t keep up with all of his fresh edits ☺ ). Thanks Carl for the peek into the “Crystal” ball which shows where the higher elevation snow is still looking good for the holidays

 

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Dec

The Snow Troopers are looking forward to our 2013/2014 ski calendar. Now, we just need our good old PNW snow faucet to get flicked to the “ON” position… Like right right now, and I don’t mean the little tease that hit the Cascade front yesterday, more like the “Cascade Concrete” or “Cascade Crud” seen in the video below. Not only do I want the BIG snow for my own personal fix, but The Snow Troopers’ are beyond stoked to announce that “World Extreme Ski” champion, and AK heli ski pioneer (amongst a long list of other accomplishments), Dean Cummings, will be paying the Cascades a visit this Christmas break. We will be posting the details for Dean’s stops to The Summit at Snoqualmie, Alpental, Mission Ridge and Stevens Pass in the next few days. Please check back early next week to catch all of the Dean Cummings/H2O Guides PNW dates, so you can make plans to come out and rip your home mountain with a living ski legend/ current BIG mountain pioneer (not to mention a wealth of “Steep Life Protocol” knowledge). You don’t get a chance to meet people like Dean Cummings everyday, probably no need to mention that this Snow Trooper will break an important date so I don’t miss a once in a lifetime chance to soak up some serious wisdom in one afternoon or eveing, that took the ski legend a lifetime to gain… No Brainer!!! Click play and watch our 2012/2013 Summit at Snoqualmie & Alpental highlights to help get those big SNOW vibes working!

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12
Dec

Some shots sent over from Jameson Florence and company finding the goods at Stevens Pass this past December 10th, many days after the last storm produced the goods you see in the photos (knowing we just got a little dose of apx 3 inches today here in the Central Cascades).










Skier David O'Donnell/photo credit Jameson Florence

Jameson Florence... No worries of early season holes while in the air/photo credit David O'Donnell

Yoshiko Chamon finding the deep zone/photo credit Jameson Florecnce






















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12
Dec
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Dustin skiing Tamarack

As we learned last season on our POW’daho tour, Idaho is home to some of the most diverse, expansive and uncrowded snow covered terrain. Those of us who’re accustomed to having to venture far into the side or backcountry to avoid crowds, will be so pleasantly surprised. In Idaho, there never seems to be a need to travel far for untracked, uncrowded terrain. That explained why we were able to spend our entire time in bounds and in the side country. That’s not to say, we didn’t always have the backcountry in our sights and on our minds. Some great options exist for guided trips into Idaho’s backcountry-something for every budget and skill level. Below are a few we have assembled (and hope to explore this season) with a little help from our friends at Ski Idaho. Just take a look at our visits to Brundage and Tamarack last season to see why Idaho should be on your hit list this season.

 

  1. Payette Powder Guides: Take a trip out to one of the most scenic alpine areas in central Idaho with Payette Powder Guides. Their snowmobile and cat tours will leave you awestruck atop the Lick Creek Range—adjacent to the beautiful resort town of McCall. Rates start at $360 for a two-person guided day trip. Multi-day tours are also available; as well as yurt rentals and avalanche courses for those looking to go it alone.

 

  1. Sun Valley Resort Heli-Skiing: Did you know that the birthplace of U.S. heli-skiing is Sun Valley, not Alaska? Sun Valley has a long tradition of flying visitors to an untouched skier’s paradise on top of the Rockies. A vast territory—covering three mountain ranges—provides unparalleled access to Idaho’s legendary powder and terrain for all abilities in some of the lightest and deepest powder in the lower 48.  Sun Valley Resort offers heli-skiing packages starting at $1250 per person.

 

  1. Selkirk Powder Company at Schweitzer Mountain : This cat skiing experience was ranked second place by Powderhounds.com for 2013.  Located just 30 miles from the wettest spot in the entire U.S. Rockies and based out of Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Selkirk Powder Company offers heaps of fresh powder, un-tracked trees lines, steep chutes and pillow lines. Prices start at $400 per person with discounts for groups.

 

  1. Brundage Mountain Snowcat Skiing : Join Brundage Mountain on a guided cat skiing trip into the beautiful backcountry of the Payette National Forest and experience a pristine, snowy wonderland. Brundage’s cat tours access more than 17,000 acres of snowy steeps, tree-lined glades and powdery bowls. Riders can experience this rush for only $269 for a single seat or book a whole cat for as little as $180 per person.

 

  1. Grand Targhee Snowcat Skiing: Grand Targhee’s snowcat adventures are an experience not to be missed, with breathtaking views of the Grand Tetons, 600 dedicated skiable acres, and incredible powder stashes. Terrain is appropriate for an intermediate skill level and above.  You and eleven other skiers and riders will enjoy up to 18,000 vertical feet during your adventure alongside Targhee’s powder cat guides. Offerings include expansive bowls, gladed cruisers and steep tree pitches—all with awe inspiring views. Prices start at $199 for a half day. Click here for additional full day, private and group pricing.

 

  1. Teton Mountain Heli-Skiing: Teton Springs Lodge and Spa located in Victor, Idaho offers excellent back country options for those looking to get off the beaten path. The helicopter will pick you up in the parking lot of the resort!  Teton Springs Lodge has partnered with High Mountain Heli-Skiing to provide an unmatched powder skiing and boarding adventure. For less than $1,500 (includes 3 days of lodging, breakfast, one day of heli-skiing and a ticket to Grand Targhee Resort) High Mountain Heli-Skiing offers 305,000 acres of skiable terrain in and around the Teton Mountains.  After a day of magnificent skiing or boarding, breathtaking scenery and glorious powder turns, round out your day with a visit to the Stillwaters Spa & Salon where you can choose from a wide variety of luxury spa treatments.

 

  1. Soldier Mountain Cat Skiing : Back in action! With a new 11-passenger snowcat, a flat screen TV to enjoy on your way up the mountain, an optional overnight stay in our yurt, and fresh powder all day long, Soldier Mountain’s cat skiing is first class. It’s also affordable, starting at $275 per person. Turn your snowcat adventure into a moonlight overnight in a cozy yurt for only $38 per person. The hilltop yurt sleeps 12 with padded full and single bunk beds. To reserve your space, call (208) 764-2526 or email catski@soldiermountain.com.

 

Lodging and après ski options are plentiful in Idaho ski towns and the friendly locals are always willing to point visitors to a favorite bistro or bar. Gear up and make memories in the incredible Idaho backcountry. Explore Idaho’s 18 ski areas and many winter recreation opportunities at www.skiidaho.us and New-Idaho-Tourism-Logo_AIL

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11
Dec

Below is the sweet “Tiny House” pillow line video (skied by Zack Giffin) I had mentioned the other day when sharing the Sweetgrass “jungle ski” segment (which also features Mt. Baker local, Zack Giffin). Don’t miss this one, especially the last line of the vid.. It’s off the hook!

 

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Dec

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Tamarack Ski Resort opens this Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at 9am. Those who bring a donation of a non-perishable meal that will feed a family of four will receive a FREE lift ticket valid that day. Food donations will be accepted at the resort starting at 8:00am. Donations can also be exchanged for a lift ticket tomorrow, Wednesday Dec. 11 from 8:00am – 4:00pm @ Mattress Land on Rifleman in Boise across from the Boise Town Square Mall. Donated food will be given to local food banks, including The Donnelly Free Store, Cascade Food Pantry and the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership (WICAP) community center in Valley County. During the past FEED THE NEED events, Tamarack Resort has been able to collect more than 24,000 meals from 5000+ people.

 

This year marks Tamarack Resort’s 10th Anniversary Season. Tamarack will be operating on 900 acres and 2800 vertical feet including the Tamarack and Summit Express, both high-speed quads. Altogether, six lifts will operate on THURSDAYS – SUNDAYS (4 days a week) and Holidays 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Those seeking additional acreage can access more National Forest terrain through boundary gates on both North and South summit access points. Experience the beauty of Tamarack through our eyes in this video and read why this has become one of our favorites.

 

For more information on Idaho and its ski resorts, please visit New-Idaho-Tourism-Logo_AIL

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Dec

I love my family, friends, my boy Trooper and all the awesome creatures we share our Winter playground with, so just seeing this one of a handful of goats getting buried alive hit me hard ( I want to say they all end up out, but the video isn’t too clear). Like I said, hated to see this, but it is powerful, so click play and “Live to Ski Another Day!”

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09
Dec

Short video from Carl Simpson and Jeff Rich, chasing some of the many dayz of December POW at Crystal Mountain Resort!

photo credit – Carl Simpson


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Dec

Stoked to share this very creative segment from the latest Sweetgrass Productions’ movie that features Mt. Baker local / friend, Zack Giffin. If you have followed our site from the earlier years, then I’m sure you have seen Zack and his brother Sam’s “Right on Brothers” videos, or maybe the sweet day we had with Zack and the Plakes a few years back. Their videos and athletes always kick ass, especially the amazing pillow line Zack skied this past Winter up in Canada (I will share it very soon).


Below is the creative forest segment from this year’s Sweetgrass.

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