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08
Nov

Skidazzle

Ski Dazzle kicks off its 44th annual Seattle Ski & Snowboard Show™ at 2pm-10pm today at its new location at the CenturyLink Field Event Center. All attendees 13yrs and older will be treated to a free lift ticket to one of five Ski Washington resorts for each $15 admission. That’s right, for the $15 admission, you receive your choice of 1 of 5 free lift ticket offers valued at up to $62 from Ski Washington Member resorts Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass, Mission Ridge, The Summit at Snoqualmie and White Pass, plus, an additional $10.00 Liftopia Gift Card good any time during the season from Liftopia. Sounds like a no brainer to attend this year. The show continues tomorrow, Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 10am-6pm. Children 6-12 yrs old are $5. skiidaho Expect to see all the usual money-saving show specials on ski and snowboard gear, season pass deals and lift ticket packages and new this year, a giant Ski Idaho Pavillion featuring Sun Valley, Schweitzer, Brundage, Silver Mountain, Grand Targhee, Lookout Mountain, and many more Idaho travel and tourism specialists. Be sure to stop by the Ski Idaho Pavillion – we attended their media event last night so we know they’re all about showing us a good time, not to mention some of their best deals of the season. Some of the free events included with admission this year are:

* Continuous Free Ski Lessons provided by Ski Washington Resort Instructors on a 60-foot Ski School ramp and co-sponsored by On The Snow;

* A free pre-season fitness test on the two-story SnoCountry Climbing Wall

* Ski Dazzle cooking demos and winter travel seminars hosted by Northwest Travel Magazine with back country and resort tips from Outdoors Northwest Magazine.


Sturtevants, Ski Mart, Helly Hansen, Zumiez and and more will be on hand to offer pre-season gear deals. A long list of resorts will be there to offer discounts, kids-fly-free/ski free programs and other specials, contests, prizes, and more. There is something for all ages to see, buy and learn while having a great time with friends and family – and a lot of great resorts to check out this year so allow yourself extra time to enjoy the show this year: Crystal Mountain, Mission Ridge, Stevens Pass, White Pass and Snoqualmie, along with Ski Washington Member Resorts; Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Whitefish, Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Hood, Steamboat, Squaw Valley, Whistler Blackcomb, Silver Star, Sun Peaks, Big White, the BC Powder Highway Resorts and Kootenay Rockies with Revelstoke, Whitewater, Rossland/Red Mountain and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies offering Helicopter, Cat Ski and Backcountry.

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07
Nov

This one was sent over from our friend Christopher Madison (an Alpental loc) of some good times this past season right here at home. Have to say, watch out for that Cascade Traverse if you ever come visit, as Christopher demonstrates at the end of the short vid. Thanks brotha, for the morning jolt to the coffee!


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06
Nov


Tara Simpson climbs from the Puget Sound’s sea of clouds to an island frozen oasis


Due to the lack of the lowland snow that fell this past week, when the weather were predicting much more, Nov 3rd and 4th Tara and Carl Simpson decided to go higher. Good old Paradise lot would be the “skins on” spot for a little sun and fun, while the Puget Sound and most of the surrounding Cascade peaks were in a thick blanket of clouds.



Jeff Rich and Rory Robison (splitboarder) charging up Muir.


Below is a short pov edit by Carl Simpson

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05
Nov

cmh

Don’t forget to join CMH Heli-Skiing at Evo tonight, 7-9pm (3500 Stone Way N Seattle), for the premiere screening of TAKE FLIGHT, the latest CMH film dedicated to the joys of deep powder snow. Learn about and be the first to sign up for the new EvoTrip to CMH K2 happening next March in Nakusp, British Columbia. Special guests for the evening include Evo’s founder and CEO, Bryce Philips, and Evo athlete Andy Mahre who will be on hand to share the stoke on their heli-experiences. Meet with CMH heli-ski guides and representatives to learn more about heli-skiing and the untapped caches and secret stashes of the epic powder found only in B.C.’s backcountry. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks. Enter to win great give-aways from our partners at K2, Arc’Teryx, Hestra and others. A donation of $5 per person will be accepted at the door with all proceeds going to the Friends of NWAC (Northwest Weather & Avalanche Center).

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04
Nov

According to the New Zealand Herald, we lost a mountain brother, Magnus Kastengren, yesterday near the summit of Aoraki-Mt Cook (12,316 ft – highest mountain in New Zealand). Magnus, who was 32, and his ski mountaineering partner, Andreas Fransson were both skiing near the lower summit of Aoraki-Mt Cook. It sounded to me, that the two were skiing at the same time, with Andreas leading, then noticing when he looked back, Magnus was gone. Magnus took a fall/slip in some way, falling apx 600 meters (1,968′) to his death. The NZ Herald also mentioned that “Only four days earlier, the Swedes were thought to have become the first skiers to complete a continuous descent of Aoraki-Mt Cook’s east face.”


This tragic news hit me extra hard this morning, having spent time with Dean Cummings and his “Steep Life” tour that just came through the Puget Sound this past weekend. Anyway, the morning after Dean’s Friday presentation, I happened to catch the short video below that touched me in many ways. The following night, I had mentioned the video to Dean and told him I would shoot him the link, which is what I was doing this morning when I learned of this tragic event. Magnus Kastengren isn’t in his ski partner’s (Andreas Fransson) video below, but it will give you a visual of the life he was living with his mountain brothers. RIP Magnus.



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02
Nov

With snow falling in the Western U.S. high peaks currently, time is running out to get all those Fall “to do lists” completed. This a great one from a couple weeks back, (Oct 19th and 20th) that should get you pumped and give some motivation to get those last missing pieces of gear you need for opening day … Like, those new powder boards for the earlier season goods (shown in the blower pow video below by Tom Runcie and company).



Below are Tom Runcie’s notes for their October powder fest…


After a couple weeks of a solid winter weather pattern that brought light snow to the high peaks around Crested Butte, winter arrived in a hurry when a big system left us with a few inches in town and several feet in the Irwin and Paradise Divide areas. On Saturday, October 19, 2013, Rob Dickinson, Adam Buckwalter, Matt Evans, Jack Weise, Mark Mikos, and myself headed out to one of our favorite zones for our first day of the 2013-14 ski season. Fueled by reports of deep snowpacks and mid-winter powder on protected aspects, we made quick work of the 2,500′ skin and arrived on top of a set of lines that we usually don’t ski until at least mid March. Amazed at our luck, we picked the two that appeared the deepest and dropped into couloirs filled with deep, supportive powder with just the right amount of rebound. Lap two yeilded similar results, as we arced smooth pow turns along our skin track. We returned to the truck and drove back down valley to a perfect fall day in Crested Butte for a beer on the patio at our summer haunt, the Brick Oven.

Day Two, Sunday the 20th, involved an even bigger hike to even better conditions. Rob, his wife Sydney Dickinson, Pete Sowar, and myself skinned higher in the same drainage, reaching a peak that I have had in my sights for years. The North face of Augusta rewarded our 3,000′ climb with a choice of filled-in chutes, right from the summit. And what’s better than a summit ski descent of a 12,500′ peak in mid October? Right, doing it again. We skied back to our skin track, enjoyed a quick sandwich, and made our way back to the peak. Dropping off the South side this time, we experienced every type of snow conditions as we skied southerly, easterly, and northerly aspects. Another first for me, we sighted a small herd of deer climbing in the area and were able to ski to within a few feet of them (see in video). The final pitch of our descent paralleled a beautiful braided cascade waterfall as we pushed turns into the quicly warming snowpack. Back at the truck, we marvelled at the best first weekend of ski season any of us had ever had.
Here’s to a great winter, may everyone’s turns be deep, safe, and plentiful. Cheers!

Tom Runcie

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01
Nov

Snow fans East and West of the Cascade Crest, are you looking for something really COOL to do this Winter for work? If so, you might be interested in checking out the Summit at Snoqualmie’s job fair going on this weekend. The job fair will be held up on Snoqualmie Pass at the Summit Central Lodge from 10AM to 2PM. I just checked out the departments listed with openings and pretty much seemed like they were all listed (or close to it). Also, here’s a side note for all you youngsters thinking about getting into the ski industry. If you talk to any upper management (at any area), you will find the General Manager (most likely) loaded chairs, drove a snowcat, or worked in the ski school for their first ski area job. The head of food and beverage might have started their ski industry career in the kitchen or even in the ski rental department. I think you catch my “snow” drift, even though the ski industry isn’t the place where the BIG paychecks are waiting, it’s definitely the place where everyone has comes together for one reason… Their love for snow, and this Snow Trooper wouldn’t trade the ski industry life for anything!

 

Below is another cool fun job at the Summit… Filming and editing!!!

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31
Oct

The 2014 “Access the Goods” skis by H2O Outdoor Gear are looking super sweet and I can tell you first hand, they ski even better! The first time I met the owner/operator of H2O Outdoor Gear & H2O Guides, Dean Cummings, I listened to him speak for quite a while about the new ski designs everyone has been toying with in the recent years, like early rise, rocker, reverse sidecut, etc… A few days later at the Ski Industry “On Snow Demo”, I found everything Dean had mentioned to be spot on! Then was blown away again by Dean, when I rode his boards, learning his skis are WELL designed, as I laid huge GS tuns on a Colorado hard pack day, with 133mm “Access the Goods” underfoot (and ZERO high speed chatter, which was the main problem with a large number of other mfr’s powder models). Knowing that almost every FAT board I have ridden on a powder day has been fun, has made me think I could mount a pair of 2 x 8 douglas fir studs and still have fun in the deep. However in the real “ski area” side country world, the powder fun is often followed by a skied-out, boney, hard pack chute. Having been in the nasty run outs myself on many days, I find one of the most important things of a GREAT powder board is not only the action in the POW, but also the ability to CARVE the hard pack! “Access the Goods” skis are the real deal, designed by Dean Cummings, former U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Captain, 1995 World Extreme Skiing Champion, and Alaskan helicopter skiing pioneer. This partial list of Dean’s accomplishments are a lot more than titles to me, I’d have to say they are also his life long ski research and development projects, that go into each and everyone of his ski designs. For more information or to puchase, visit h2ooutdoorgear.com

 

below is the 2014 “Access the Goods” ski review with Dean Cummings

 


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I also wanted to mention a brand new member to the “Access the Goods” family, the “Terrain Feature”. H2O Outdoor Gear noted that the “Terrain Feature” is a full wood core, fully symmetrical twin tip PARK & PIPE ski. Using traditional camber, the “Terrain Feature” is a very versatile ski form rails, to jumps, to the pipe.

 

 

 

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30
Oct

Just as we were posting about Dean Cummings’ Steep Life protocols tour for backcountry safety, we saw this Safety Alert and Recall Notice:

bca2Owners of Backcountry Access (“BCA”) Float airbags shipped in 2011- 12 and 2012-13 should contact BCA to receive a new trigger assembly for their Float Airbag. This Alert applies specifically to Float 30 Airbag Pack, Float 18 Airbag Pack, Float 36 Airbag Pack, Float 22 – Blue, Float 22 – Black, Float 32 – Red, Float Throttle – Black. The affected trigger assemblies have a “lot” letter on the trigger handle, and the population includes lots A through E. BCA has received a limited number of warranty returns in which the retaining ring, or E-clip, on the trigger assembly has been removed or become dislodged from the trigger cable. The E-clip can inadvertently be removed or become dislodged in the process of connecting the trigger assembly to the compressed air cylinder. If this occurs, the airbag may not deploy properly when the trigger is pulled.

 

Contact warranty@backcountryaccess.com or call (800) 670- 8735, and BCA will send you an upgraded trigger assembly. The upgraded trigger assembly is standard on the 2013-2014 airbags and utilizes a hex crimp instead of an E-clip as a retention solution.

 

In addition to this retrofit, BCA recommends that all Float airbag owners perform a full system check before every backcountry outing. This includes checking your cylinder pressure, trigger pin and cover attachments. Users should also deploy their Float system at least once per season to ensure proper system function and user familiarity.

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30
Oct

the Steep Life

Legendary big mountain skier, mountain guide, and Alaska heli-skiing pioneer Dean Cummings launches his annual Steep Life Protocols avalanche education tour in Washington state this Friday. Dean is a prominent leader in outdoor safety and avalanche awareness education and won Avalaunch Educator of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He was also selected by his peers in Powder Magazine as one of the 48 most influential skiers of our time. His tour continues onto Montana, California, Colorado, Alaska, Texas and Utah in November and December. During the tour, Cummings will present his award-winning Steep Life Protocols and his new film “Chugach” at ski shops and other select venues, with gear and swag giveaways from The Steep Life sponsors AKKA Rugged Locating Systems, Grivel, H2O Outdoor Gear, iON Camera, Scott Sprots and SCARPA. Cummings also joins the Warren Miller Entertainment’s Ticket to Ride tour in select locations to talk about The Steep Life and sign posters. The Steep Life Protocols equips skiers, snowboarders, and other mountain travelers with the knowledge to stay safer in the mountains by avoiding avalanches through practical terrain management. “The Steep Life is about the risks we take as humans who are committed to getting in touch with nature and ultimately the protocols that help keep us safe allowing us that sweet privilege,” said Cummings. “It’s the privilege of living in the moment, filling your lungs with fresh air, feeling your heart pounding, blowing your mind with visuals, hearing the sounds of nature, getting after it, loving it, benefiting from it, and recognizing that we need to give back to it, protect it and respect it.”

chugach“Chugach” documents the implementation of protocols to achieve first-descent lifelong endeavors. The film features Cummings’ stunning technical descents in the Chugach Range of Alaska – one of the snowiest, most glaciated mountain ranges on Earth, that are only possible through protocols – including a first descent of Mount Francis and the peaks known as Godzilla and Hourglass. “Chugach” also shows Cummings’ first descent of the Dragon’s Back spine on Meteorite Mountain which won Powder Magazine’s 2012 Line of the Year and a descent of the Tusk proper, both iconic peaks near Valdez.

 

Come meet Dean Cummings this weekend:

 

Friday, November 1

-6:30pm – Mountain to Sound Outfitters in West Seattle (www.m2soutfitters.com)
-7:30pm – Chugach film screening at VFW Hall across the street
-After party follows the film – $5 at the door – all proceeds go to the Northwest Avalanche Center

 

Saturday, November 2

-Noon-2pm -EVO Seattle (www.evo.com/seattle)

-6pm & 9pm – Pantages Theater in Tacoma – Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride (www.broadwaycenter.org)
Arrive early to meet Dean and get a signed poster

 

Sunday, November 3

-6pm -Sturtevant’s in Bellevue – Steep Life Protocols (www.sturtevants.com)

 


Additional tour dates and locations are listed here.

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