Andy Traslin is not just another ski fanatic. This former Canadian ski mountaineering champion and top Snow Trooper (along with his bro, Mike Traslin) is a climbing machine. His obsession with uphill travel earned him the nickname Andy Gump (for the youngest echo boomers, that’s a reference to the movie Forest Gump – got see it). It’s an obsession that hasn’t waned. He’s been logging One Million vertical feet per year for the last four years. What keeps him going? Check out this story featured on his sponsor, G3’s site.
This past weekend Jacob and Patrick headed up to Stevens in search of a little shaded pow in the Surprise lake area. Below is what Jacob had to say, along with a super short vid.
My buddy Pat and I decided upon an overnight tour into the Surprise Lakes region, an area we explored last year during a similar snow drought. We were looking for some lower angle north facing pillow lines in the trees, but high temps had snow bombed most of the tree skiing. We instead opted to find some nice proto corn on some steeper west facing terrain, which lead to one 2000′ run of fall line skiing.
Our friends Cameron Barclift and Cameron Chesnut have a sweet playground above their Priest Lake hideout, the Selkirk mountain range. The super cool thing I noticed about their playground, having spent a little time ski touring there the past couple of years, is that there isn’t too many skiers getting after it outside the ski area. You may not see many skiers but you will see snowmobilers which means warming huts and snowmobile trails that lead to some excellent skiing in this Northern Idaho gem. In the video below, it sure looks like the boys caught it right, and had skis just short enough to make turns in the sketchy pencil chute! Nasty, Check it out for a good adrenalin rush!
With no new snow in WA lately, I thought I’d take a trip down to Mammoth Mountain, CA which is boasting the deepest snow in the nation – as it turns out, that only holds true at their 11,053′ summit where the snow base measures 192″ deep. Mammoth’s main lodge base depth at 8,900′ is 91″ and McCoy Station at 9,600′ is 120″. So, that means our own Mt. Baker Ski Area in Washington state still has more snow than Mammoth’s lower elevations- Mt. Baker has 130″ at Heather Meadows base area and 160″ at Pan Dome. But this is about Mammoth…the sun continues to shine on the Sierra Nevadas and temps are hitting the low 40s. Under the sun, it’s feeling a lot like spring. Snow skied beautifully with some wind affected areas off the peak. All 3,500 acres are open and fun – check out the video from yesterday and come get some.
The Sunrise entrance to Mt. Rainier N.P. is only open during Summer months and is a super sweet zone I have always wanted to hit mid Winter. It was my good bro Dale that had mentioned to me years ago, sledding into the White River campground is legit. I just pulled out a Green Trails map and indeed, the road is highlighted in red (which means snowmobile/cross country is OK). Below is another good one from the Simpsons’ getting after Goat Island Mountain this past week. Big mountain fun, so close but yet so far away!
Ever herd of Funner Snowboarding? Well I sure have, Jeremy Dubs aka Funner Snowboarding has been making sic snowboard vids long before I started watching everyone’s adventures on youtube. In recent years, Jeremy has joined forces w/ another group of film makers(Scott Studach, Kurt Jenson & Joel Smith) and now call themselves Wild Card Movies. These guys kick out some sic edits though out the year and now have there latest movie, Shred-A-Vision available on itunes. Check out this athlete profile of Nick Ennen below, then visit this LINK to purchase their work of art.
Here’s an epic season edit from our friend, Carson Meyer, who is a high school student in Jackson Hole who I’m happy to have been connected to by his father, Doug Meyer, who happens to be the director of the Teton County Search and Rescue. Knowing who Carson’s dad is you can understand that this gang of young men have been through a lot of training already at their age and spend their free time time snow camping in the mountains so they can slash the fresh even longer, while your average teenage with a wild streak is overnighting at the weekend party. Thanks so much Team Fardrift and always live to ski another day!
It’s been a tough week with no new snow, but at least we have received sunshine in it’s place and Glen Plake will be skiing at Summit West tonight! I wanted to share this conditions video from yesterday skiing with Karter, Joe, Becky and myself, because it should be similar to what Glen gets today/tonight when he arrives with the Elan crew. I hoping for the same conditions today, because all we did yesterday was soak in some sun and epic Snoquamie Pass sights, along with dancing on the corduroy all day (as seen the the video below).
This next vid I wanted to share is a creation of our very good friend, Scott Harder. This was taken two years ago in March, when Glen Plake paid us a surprise visit to Summit East. This was an epic day as seen through the lens of Scott’s cameras. Enjoy this one and be sure to look for today/tonight’s fun with Glen Plake to come your way in video form a few days from now!
Joey Mara was just up on Mt. Rainier’s Muir snowfield with his two bros, Dan McCarthy and Bobby Farrington. Turns out conditions are staying quite nice up high while it’s dry. Check it out, it looks like they hit it perfectly (I just wonder how the high freezing levels and full on sun the past two days are effecting Muir).
Super stoked for this one out of Arizona yesterday ( 1/14/13 ), from Josh Langdon skiing the Inner Basin which is just outside the Snowbowl ski area. Most people don’t think of Arizona when it comes to skiing, however AZ has 4 ski areas throughout the state. Mt. Lemmon being the furthest south in the lower 48, hovering over Tucson. Sunrise ski area is located in Central AZ with in the Apache Nation. Northern AZ is home for both Elk Ridge on Route 66 in Williams, and Snowbowl which is located just outside Flagstaff at the base of the 12,633′ San Francisco Peaks. Snowbowl’s base area sits at 9,200′ and the ski lifts get you another 2,300′ up the mountain.
Yes, this is Arizona and the skiing at this resort is legit, not to mention the sic backcountry that Josh and his crew have all to themselves. Being an Arizona boy myself, I will be making it a point to get down and ski Flagstaff with Josh in the near future (who knows maybe the Plakes would do a “SW Down Home Tour” next year). Thanks for the Southwest stoke, JOSH!