Caught up with Glen Plake at the end of this years SIA show to check out the new Roxa R3 Alpine Boot w/ Tech fittings. The Roxa team didn’t have my size at the show, but both Glen and his wife Kimberly are rocking and loving them. Looking forward to getting my feet into these super light boots made with “Gorilla Mead”, which was use for the shell so they could lighten up to apx. 1500 grams in a 27.5 modo.
Sleeper Tuesday (2/28/17), was quite deep, making me feel the need to get out there for a little bit this morning, but if not, Summit West opens at 4PM tonight. That is the night skiing place you should find the DEEPEST untracked lift served riding in N.America at 4PM… See you there, it’ll be WILD!
This past Sunday (2/26/17), I spent the first half of the day riding the lifts on the Southside of I-90, then shot over to Alpental around 1:30 connecting with Jay Kelly, Shaun Maurer and Karter Riach. Timing was right, as the boyz told me, chair 2 line was just a fraction of what it had been all day and the High BC gate was open by the time we off loaded on top 5420. We were able to get in two laps by day’s end. Should be a banger inbounds day today at Alpental! Freeway is open currently (@ 5:45AM ) with chains required for all vehicles except cars like my AWD 😉 ).
This past Sunday (2/26/17), I woke up finding apx 6+ inches of cold pow, here at 2,600′ in the Central Cascades. After skiing with Jeff Saturday, and finding great snow up high, I was wanting to start the day at Alpental, but it was hard to leave the goods here in the backyard, knowing the BC gates would be most likely delayed. Turns out the Alpental BC gates opened at 2PM, which provided SUPER DEEP SNOW! So, starting the day at Summit East was the right choice even if the steeper terrain was a little scratchy beneath the feather light. If you and you ski partner(s) were thinking of taking a walk in the trees today, you should have a BLAST!
Yesterday, 2/25/2017, Jeff Rich just happened to wake up as Summit West in his Slope Side condo (on wheels 😉 ). So it only made sense to take a walk in search of some fun. We quickly discovered that all South facing slopes, crusty the clown was hanging out. However in the South facing old growth, the snow was money. We decided to shoot for Kendall Peaks, and landed on top of the Right Barrel of the Double Barrel Shotgun Chutes. The snow was knee deep velvet, which rode perfectly and made for a fairly easy boot pack out.
Andrew Eckels, who started helping The Snow Troopers about 6 years ago, came down from Bellingham to help film the 2017 Alpental Vertfest this past weekend (2/18-2/19). Andrew’s plan was to ride up Armstrong Express, just after the start and capture some vid from the lift. Then he skied down Ingrid’s Inspiration getting some ski by shots. After he past the pack, he pointed them for the base area. Before I had a chance to see Andrew and here him tell me about his digger -double ejection, Greg (with the Summit Marketing team) told me about the BLOWUP he witnessed of Eckels! Andrew said he was feeling fine and crushed it all day filming a cheering on the athletes. However, Monday morning when we hit the lifts here at Summit East, his 23 year old body, wasn’t feeling it and we called it quits after a few laps. After seeing the clip below, I can see why Andrew was moving slowly. Hope you’re feeling 100 percent now, Brother!
Here’s a backyard trip Andy and Mike Traslin hit up this past January 17 2017. Sea to Sky ski touring…Hollyburn to Lions Bay.
Presidents’ Day 2017 brought us a little wet dust on crust… Wishful thinking had me leaving the Snow Trooper Headquarters with the phat super rocker boards, but the Summer carvers would have been the ski with the highest FUN factor!
All in all great skiing still to be found inbounds at The Summit at Snoqualmie, and even better off-piste.
Here’s a BIG day that Michelle and Andrew spent not too far off the beaten path, of HWY 542.