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10
Nov

Carl Simpson and Jeff Rich blasted up WA SR410 for a SECOND season opener at Carl’s home stompin’ grounds of Crystal Mountain. As you will see in the video it shouldn’t be long ’til their loading the public at Crystal. However, here at our home mountain, Hyak, WA 2,600′ above sea level, I am currently looking at green grass, but it’s looking solid across the valley in the 4,000′+ level. THINK SNOW!!!




Jeff Rich skiing OFF a volcano put’s a different kind of smile on his face/ photo credit above and below Carl Simpson


Crystal 110813 from Carl Simpson on Vimeo.

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09
Nov

Our friends at Freeride Media are starting to bang out their Fall edits and promoting some pretty cool places in doing so! Below are a few words from Monashee Powder Snowcats in regards to logistics / notes along with the sweet promo vid from our friends at Freeride Media. BTW, I notice a number of major cities with direct flights into Kelowna, BC (including Seattle.)


Monashee Powder Snowcats is located on the front edge of the Monashee Mountain range, about 30 kms southwest of Revelstoke and 30 kms south of Hwy 1, an area unsurpassed for its quantity and quality of snow. Our average annual snowfall of 60 feet of dry, champagne powder guarantees you fresh tracks every run on our five alpine ridges, spectacular natural glades and fantastic open tree skiing. The 17,000 acres of Monashee Powder’s terrain has been described as some of the most exciting in the industry. Come experience what Monashee Powder Snowcats has to offer.

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08
Nov


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photo by April Russell


Looking to ski the Best Snow in Idaho™? Well, that would be Brundage Mountain Resort – one of our favorite stops on last year’s POW’daho tour where we experienced first hand their famous cold smoke powder and discovered a lot of awesome terrain. You can see for yourself in the latest video (below) from our friends at Peak Travels. Their footage (from last season’s tour) got us all pumped to go back for more this season. Add it to your list too and take advantage of their smokin’ deal on Brundage Mountain Select Cards which will get you on the snow starting at just $37 per visit ($105 savings) with a 5 day Select Card. The 3-5 day Select Card Super Sale ends Nov. 14th (details below). This season Brundage has relocated its main terrain park to Kickback and changed its approach to park construction. The Kickback Rail Park will focus exclusively on box and rail features. The elevation and aspect of the new location allows features to be built earlier in the snow season and moving the park on the south side of the mountain will provide more sunshine and better photo ops for freestyle riders. Fun! We can’t wait for this 1500 acre slice of POW’daho heaven to open its gates. By the way, that’s 1,500 acres in-bounds –Brundage has 17,000 acres of guided cat skiing terrain!

 

 

Select Card Super Sale ends November 14

Adult Select Cards: (age 18-69)

5-Day Select Card – $185     Save $105 – just $37 per visit!

4-Day Select Card – $156     Save $76 – just $39 per visit!

3-Day Select Card – $129      Save $45 – just $43 per visit!

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08
Nov

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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

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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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