Our friends at Freeride Media spent time at this sweet powder hideaway, known as Chatter Creek! This trip was all about the epic cat skiing in an isolated zone located 100 km to the NW from the nearest town of Golden, BC (note: they also offer heli skiing and snowmobiling). Below are some notes from the Chatter Creek folks in regards to the cat skiing operation, along with the video from Freeride Media that captures the experience through their lens.
In just 2 weeks, Ingrid Backstrom, will be returning to Crystal Mountain as its official “Queen of Stoke” and to coach the mountain’s Freeride Team Progam for 9-17 yr olds. Ingrid, who grew up skiing at Crystal, is one of the most successful and recognizable freeskiers, having placed top 3 in over a dozen competitions and appeared in numerous ski films. We’re thrilled to hear she’s coming back to her stomping grounds to give back and groom the next generation of hard chargers. According to Crystal, “each of the kids registered in the program will have a dedicated full-time coach and they will get the opportunity to train and talk with Ingrid.” “I am thrilled to be involved in Crystal Mountain’s Freeride Program—it’s one of my favorite places and I’m so stoked to ski with the team in between my other projects this winter. We’re going to have an awesome time and I’m excited to coach alongside the other rad coaches and ripping team members!” – Ingrid Backstrom.
Dates and prices for the Freeride Team Program below. Here’s a clip of Ingrid in Matchstick Production’s “Attack of La Nina” to get you stoked — the snow’s here so be sure to sign up soon:
Early season camps -
1-Day Freeride Camp with Ingrid Backstrom (Nov. 30, 2013): $92
2-Day Freeride Camp with Ingrid Backstrom (Dec. 21-22, 2013): $184
2-Day Freeride Camp with Ingrid Backstrom (Dec. 28-29, 2013): $184
These early season camps are weather/conditions permitting.
Freeride Team 8-Week Session - Jan. 4 – Feb. 23, 2014: $644
Price: Saturday or Sunday $644, Saturday & Sunday $1,288
Freeride Team Season Pass: $549 (only available when enrolled in the 8 week program).
One day drop-in session: $85 (during the 8-week program)
About becoming a Crystal Mountain Freeride Team Member
1. You must be between the age of 9- 17 with the ability and focused attitude to challenge yourself and push your limits.
2. All skiers and riders must be able to ride all chairs and feel comfortable on steep terrain.
3. You will go out with coaches and be evaluated prior to becoming an official team member. Those that don’t make the cut will have an opportunity to join a developmental program to help them reach team member status.
For more info, click here.
The Snow Troopers spent some time touring Idaho with Peak Travels last season, and the Sun Valley stop lived up to it’s name, on stop #2 of this great POWdaho 2013 trip. With a summit of 9,150′ and a vertical drop of 3,400′, along with excellent sustained pitches, Sun Valley can offer some amazingly long quality powder runs on those big snow days. In between the powder days you will find loads of world class groomers, which produces some of our countries finest World Cup skiers (like our friend Reggie Crist, seen in vid below). Sun Valley is a great place to spend a get away with the crew or the holidays with the family… Never a dull moment, with so much to see and do in Sun Valley, not to mention, the easy access into Ketchum, ID on direct flights out of a number of major cities.
Click play and take a ride with Peak Travels on the Slopes of Sun Valley…
This past Monday, 11/11/13, Tara and Carl Simpson took advantage of a little break in the NW weather, and spent their day skiing the Nisqually Chute up on Mt. Rainier. The recent rain below 4,500 feet has hammered the new snow but as you can see it’s a different story from 5,000′ up. Get ready though, because the weather experts are calling for a Winter blast to hit us Friday night, that could possibly dump 6 to 10 inches right here at 2,600′ in the Central Cascades (Hyak, WA).
Tara Simpson climbing up from the Nisqually Glacier.
below is a short edit by Carl Simpson
Our friend and Ride Snowboards’ athlete, Austin Hironaka, is the featured rider in Ride’s episode 5 of “Because of Snowboarding”. In this edit you get to see a little more of the Austin we know up here on Snoqualmie Pass, which also means PARENTS you get to hear ‘em being himself too (just a little explicit ). If you have ever spent any time up on Snoqualmie Pass, WA, you have most likely seen Austin flying through the air (knowing it was him or not) at Summit Central’s terrain park or slaying a nasty big line, loaded with HUGE drops in the Alpental backcountry. Also, be sure to catch Austin, as a featured rider, in this year’s Transworld Snowboarding “Nation” movie.
Here’s a sweet edit sent over by Jacob Mandell, from this past weekend’s adventure up the Mt. Baker Highway. Below are a few notes Jacob sent over in regards to trip.
This past Sunday, November 10th, Andrew Eckels, Louie Dawson, and Jacob Mandell set out sunday with a big objective in mind, the most western couloir on the South face of the Pleiades. This seldom skied couloir had been on the minds of all three riders for a few years now because of its aesthetic nature. With big ambitions the crew set out to check out the line with early season conditions. At first glance the line seemed boney, but as we climbed the couloir a few steep rock cruxes were navigated and after a long climb we had reached the top. We were than welcomed with a sweet ripper decent on stable snow. A fantastic day in the mountains!
above: Pleiades South Chutes/photo credit Jeff Rich
Our bro Robert Jarlenäs has been sharing some excellent vids over the past few seasons that recap his ski travels around the world. However, this really sweet one he shared below, happens to be a bitter sweet one for him. Robert has been on two prior trips to Japan, but didn’t catch the goods we all have seen in featured films. So go figure, on this last trip to Japan the RÖJK Superwear team took, Robert had become ill and had to miss this one! Anyway, thanks for all of the awesome powder stokes from the past Robert, along with this one with RÖJK in Japan! Great powder adventure below, WATCH it, it’s excellent!
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
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.
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!
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!