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29
Jun

 width= Tara and Carl Simpson weren’t able to join the Silver Solstice party last weekend, but at least they caught up with Hugh Gren for a sweet “Solstice Sunset @ Sunrise”. Along with the first sunset of Summer they also caught a couple laps off Dege (steep lines right from the scenic view parking lot). Be sure to check out the short video below, to help get you stoked for a relaxing holiday gettin’ up to come down! Photo credit/Carl Simpson – image/looking down on the Sunrise Lodge from Dege Peak.

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27
Jun

 width= Very nice edit Carl Simpson sent over of a trip from this past Wednesday, “across the street” from Mt. Rainier’s Paradise parking lot, up into the Tatoosh Range. Conditions were sun cupped but, Carl had also mentioned, being soft and easy to carve. Another cool note, was his good friend, Hugh Gren, was just featured in this super cool project Powder Magazine’s Julie Brown came up with, “Pay it Forward”. This project (I’m thinking) will most likely feature snowriders that do it with passion and style under the radar. How cool is it that Julie’s project kicked off with one of Carl Simpson’s Crystal bros, Hugh Gren :-) !!! Yeah Hugh!

Below is a short video of Hugh rippin’ it up with Tara and Carl Simpson just two days ago ( 6/25/2014).

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Jun

 width= I you are close to the Central Cascade Crest this Friday night (6/27/14) and want to check out some kick ass hellbilly style music, then head for The Bindlestick. Please take note of a couple of things. First, The Bindlestick is located in the town of Snoqualmie which is just off the Western Cascade slopes (30 mins off the mountain from Snoqualmie Pass). Second, I wanted to mention, using the term “Hellbilly” style music, or I guess you could it “Cow punk” for the most part (due to the fast high energy output of most tracks), but to me, the “T-Bagging Bandits“, are mountain friends that shred the Cascades on boards by day and with instruments by night… Playing that sweet “mountain music”, when they aren’t riding the Cascade POW. BTW, (to me) their music is more country than most anything ever heard on today’s pop country radio!!! It’s surely no wonder why I really like backing our videos with their tracks, music is life and the T-Baggers’ reflect on our mountain lives (especially right here in the Cascades). Thanks guys for the great times in the past and the epic times to come!

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25
Jun

 width= Tara and Carl Simpson hit it right last week up on Mt. Rainier’s Muir Snowfield and Paradise Glacier. The storm that rolled through the PNW the last week of Spring provided 5,000′ of fresh, white corn, by the time the Simpsons made it up on the mountain June 18th and 19th. If you like super long GS glacier skiing and aren’t ready to hang the skis up yet, be sure to check out Carl’s edit below.

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24
Jun

 width= Pretty stoked that young Alex Ropka has just dropped his 2nd FRESH June edit. This latest adventure for Alex took place June 21, 2014 (Summer Solstice), out of Mt. Rainier’s “Sunrise” parking lot. This is a really cool location for even the non-skier in the group that wants to get a little exercise (or a lot), while surrounded by epic views. BTW, the Sunrise parking lot is the highest location you can drive a car in the Mt. Rainier National Park (6,400′). Starting to wonder if we might have a new PNW “year round skier” in the works? Nice job Alex!

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19
Jun

 width= I am so very stoked for this sweet video below. First, it’s a “GRADE A” ski/bio, class project by Jasper Gibson and some of his Western Washington University classmates. The Second reason, the short video features our friend Adam Roberts (A guy you most likely will not meet, unless you are deep in the mountains, or happen to catch him in a beautiful mountain parking lot. A parking lot he’s calling home right then and there). Third, the vid just makes me want to ski and live free! Thanks to Jasper, all of my non-skiing friends get a chance to meet the Adam, The Snow Troopers know. This video gives you an idea who that super cool cat is, rolling down a freeway near your BIG mountain zone, in the “Gypsy Wagon”. After you check out Jasper’s sweet edit, be sure to check out his fb page Jasper Gibson Photography.


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17
Jun

 width= If you are somewhat close, East or West of the Central Cascade Crest (aka Snoqualmie Pass) this upcoming weekend, then please join us Saturday at Silver Peak for Summer Solstice, then camp out at the bonfire or nearby. Wake up to the first full day of Summer and make your way to Rocky Run, take the short, hella steep walk up to Lake Lillian, by HIGH noon. This is where you will find the first annual (NON-organized) “Trooper Dog Memorial Pond Skim”. A beautiful place we have spent many special dayz, so I hope you can join me for another. :-) Below is the first full day of Summer 2013, as seen through the eyes of a bunch of Snow Troopers (including Trooper Dog- oh yeah there was pond skimmin’ happening too…)


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16
Jun

 width=I think it was Adam Roberts, who first mentioned to me about doing a pond skim somewhere soon. As we all tossed it around a couple of weeks ago, I realized a bunch of us were already on Snoqualime Pass for Summer Solstice last year (then we did a tour the following day, since a lot of us were already around or close to the Pass). So, I thought we all could celebrate Summer Solstice 2014 together at Silver Peak, bonfire, camp, etc. Then on Sunday (June 22) everyone head up to Lake Lillian for a little high noon, Snow “Trooper Dog” Memorial Pond Skimmin’ (or a lot). Here’s a taste of some of the ponds I skimmed on the lake recently, along with a little close to home steep skiing. Joy O Meter, SUPER FUN! Hoping for a good SUNNY weather window this weekend to add to the Summer fun!
photo to left by me of a calendar make by my bro Carl Simpson of the first Summer sunset of ‘13.

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15
Jun

 width= First of all, HAPPY Father’s Day, to my dad and all you pops out there! Here’s a video from last Sunday (6/8/14) of a father and son outing to Pinnacle Peak in the Tatoosh. The self edit video features our 14 year old friend, Alex Ropka, gettin’ after the late Spring sun cups. The “long shots” are taken by Alex’s climbing partner / camera guy / father, Ben Ropka. Thanks for the fresh, young stoke, and always remember, “live to ski another day!”

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14
Jun

 width= Some of the SW Chutes were tagged by a bunch of Snow Troopers this past Wednesday (6/11). I knew the origianal plan for the crew was to head towards Rainier for the day ( I was to ski on Snoqualmie Pass), but with the small weather window looking a little bigger and better, the call was made to go for Adams. I hadn’t been down to Mt. Adams for a couple years, so I was stoked to hear part of the group was heading my way, to kick off this quick 30 hour adventure (which would produce about 20 minutes of sweet corn skiing on one of the best steep LONG sustained faces in the NW). I jumped in with Chris Olsen, Jeff Rich and Adam Roberts, around 7PM, as they rolled over Snoqualmie Pass for the scenic “4-5 hour” East route. David O’Donnell, Silas Wild, Zack Jessel, Tara and Carl Simpson rolled the West side, all to rendezvous at the Morrison Creek Campground. Waking with the sun, after about “4-5” hours of sleep, I was surprised to see the HUGE burn we were camped with in, that now produces a view of the Volcano from almost everywhere. Weather was perfect for a day on Adams, as you will see in Carl Simpson’s video below. Hit the Chutes, then half of us went for the easy out (back to Cold Springs CG) and the other half did the adventure BURN ski back towards Morrison Creek CG. The chutes are skiing very well right now and should be looking good for a bit longer. So, get after it, before the SUN does

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