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!
Our friend Jessie Pittis leads a band of merry young men that call themselves Cascade Crew. This season Jessie is out with an injury and is now living through the camera lens of his brother and bros, while he puts together the edits of their sled served backcountry adventures. This past Christmas holiday they were all at the Cascade Crew Keechelus Ridge hideout slashin’ their greatest gifts with their sticks. (Jessie got some good sledding in, as seen at the end of the vid.).
I am very stoked we are getting a visit from Glen Plake this Thursday the 17th, at Summit West for a night sesh. I have found that everytime we ski with the Plakes, whether it’s at big mountains or smaller mountains, the fun factor is blasting off the scale. That being said, I would much rather ski with Glen Plake and his Elan crew at Alpental, but Summit West for an evening ski session should be a blast too. I’m very thankful to a former Snoqualmie Pass local, Ken Scott, who put this tour together. Ken is with Elan Skis and his crew will have demos at Summit West Thursday night for you to test out w/ Glen… Get ready for some ballet and ski tricks!
below is a short vid from 2011, Alpental with ski legends Glen Plake and Brad Vancour
I wanted to share this one our friend Marty from the Cascade Crew sent over of their travels up and down the Cascades catching most of the openers. This video captures a little from Alpental, Mt. Baker, Summit at Snoqualmie’s West, Central and East, five areas in one 4:20 vid…
We are stoked to have Josh Jorgensen sending us videos from his new home mountain. As I have mentioned before, Josh has taken the reins of this super sweet ski area and has assembled an excellent team. Within that team are a few guys capturing quality video of what Mission Ridge has to offer and then sharing it with all of us. Thanks Josh!