Wondering what to do with the kiddos this not so white and snowy PNW Christmas break? Well, check out the video below from our friends at Freeride Media for a great option( (for the 12 yr old and up rippers), not too far from our homes here in the PNW… Big RED Cats!
This short, BANGER, video from a friend, Gunner Newquist, I originally met on the old contour site (who’s now out of business, so check out these bad ass cams by REEL Cameras, that have the best price point for top notch video quality), then bumped into him up in person up in Alyeska, then again at Turnagain Pass, AK. Gunner has been busy the past couple of years, like so many of us, and I am now stoked to see the videos to follow this one, Gunner recently uploaded from a couple years back at Squaw Valley, CA. Do like me, when I see a Gunner Newquist video on my machine’s screen… I click PLAY for an added jolt to the day! This one’s entitled “Welcome to the Gunshow”, so I did what made sense at the end, I RE-LOADED the vid!
Here’s a product I was stoked to get my hands on, Gurney Goo, to apply on my problem “hot spots” that I get on my super long Summer trail runs and those huge randonnee ski tour days in the Cascades. I used the words “hot spots”, because this product can be used as prevention for many types of wounds from high activity abrasion from running, biking, swimming etc. I guess the best scenario to get the point across, would be the “Tough Mudder” competitions, where you might have to muck through a mud obstacle then run for miles after that with mud between you thighs acting as an eighty grit (if you’re lucky) sandpaper. My problem is similar; so an hour before I did one of my last “Fall” runs, I applied the Gurney Goo to my thigh areas, where they typically start to chaff around 15 miles into a run (I wear ¾ long johns due to 2 big burly knee braces on each leg, which adds to the abrasion factor after a long distance run or a huge day ski touring). Well I have to say, I didn’t think about the Gurney Goo on my last 20+ mile run, which is a GREAT thing because I run and ski tour so can free my mind, not imprison it by focusing on a progressing bad issue/hot spot. So in other words, I had no chaffing issues and maybe this is the edge I need to get my Summer runs into the 30 mile zone. A short week later, the snow hit and the ski touring began. I used it recently on a large day to Silver Peak (up here on Snoqualmie Pass, WA), wondering how it would work in the below normal temps (Summer runs are hot and sweaty and Gurney Goo acts as lube). Again, no thoughts of my issues in the super cold temps (good thing). But my dog was having a rare problem: from what I thought had something to do with the low snow pack allowing all the moisture from the earth through the very cold and dry snow, giving Trooper Dog (what I call) “stingers”. Every 100 yards he would stop and hold up his paw(s) as if he had cactus or a thorn stuck. However, it was the snow binding to his hair within his paws. I could tell it was hurting him quite badly on his tender underside between his pads and we thought of turning back. Then, after a dozen times of stopping to clean his paws, I had the idea of trying the “travel size” (not much bigger than chap stick) Gurney Goo on Trooper dog, which I had loaded in my pack for MY own personal emergency use (in case I forget to apply at home from my large container, before heading out for a huge day). Long story short, I applied it to Trooper Dog’s paws and that was the last of the “stingers”.
If you think you are an ultra athlete but really aren’t, like myself, but have real ultra athlete issues from feet, nipple, armpit, thigh areas… This product is for us! Also be sure to take a look at the video trip report where my friend caught me using the Gurney Goo on the pup in need. Also friend theGurney team on facebook to keep up with the latest and greatest!
below is a short video where both Trooper dog’s and my day were made better with Gurney Goo – Snoqualmie Pass, WA
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received GurneyGoo for free from Gurney Gears as coordinated by Deep Creek PR an Outdoor Retailer Public Relations Company in consideration for review publication.
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)
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
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!
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).
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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!
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.