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Jan

Mammoth Mountain’s conditions are off the hook from top to bottom. There is something for skiers of every level on this mammoth mountain. But we took advantage of the clear skies and low winds and spent our last day lapping the steeper runs off the top at 11,053ft – that’s where you’ll find the deepest snow pack in the nation at 192″. There’s one blue run from the top along the summit ridge with more down the backside. But if you plan to ski/ride down the face coming off the top of the gondola or chair 23, you’ll find mostly double black diamonds. The runs down the face aren’t very long relatively speaking (after all, Mammoth has a big 3,100 vertical rise from its base elevation of 7,953ft) but they have some nice steep pitches. There are signs at the top warning of hard and fast conditions but that’s mostly along the ridge and groomed lanes on Cornice Bowl and Scotty’s; off piste conditions were soft. Check out the video for a tour and closer look at the best steep runs off the summit. We also wanted to note that the park now has a landing pad along with a half pipe and enough features to keep you there all day. You’d be in good company: several X Games, Olympic and World cup athletes (Luke Mitrani, Jack Mitrani, Greg Bretz, Mason Aguirre, Chris Logan and Maude Raymond) call Mammoth their home mountain including 2013 X Games medalists Kelly Clark -gold women’s superpipe, Johnny Teller -gold in men’s Skier X, Tyler Flanagan -bronze in men’s slopestyle, and Kaya Turski -silver in women’s slopestyle. Congrats to all the X Games medalists! With the park located right in front of the base lodge and under the gondola, there’s a good chance you’ll see some world class action.

 

 

whitneyIf you’ve never been to Mammoth, be sure to check it out next time you’re in Southern California. Mammoth is now selling a $199 Adult three day lift ticket until Feb.10 – that’s $66/day. Tickets can be used anytime Jan. 27-April 21, excluding Feb. 16-24, 2013. Must purchase online or at Call Center, up to noon first day of use. Go to mammothmountain.com to purchase. Mammoth is usually open past July 4th and it’s an easy enough drive (approx. 310 mile, 5hr) (after you get out of L.A.’s traffic). The drive follows the scenic Sierra Nevada mountain range through the desert and rarely is there snow on the roads before the turn off and last few miles to Mammoth. Along the way, don’t forget to stop at the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center for the best views of Mt. Whitney. At 14,497 ft, it’s the tallest mountain in the lower 48. The visitor center is located at the junction of US Highway 395 and State Route 136, one mile south of Lone Pine.

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25
Jan

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The Environmental Protection Agency called out Salt Lake City for having the worst air quality in the country this month. The EPA ceiling for clean air is 35 micrograms of particulate matter (PM) per cubic meter. Also known as particle pollution, the EPA considers any combination of extremely small dust and soot particle pollution exceeding that level to be harmful to public health and the environment. In Salt Lake City, the PM level hit 130 micrograms per cubic meter Wednesday last week. Today, it was 91.1. Gag! Apparently, this is a recurring problem in SLC during the winters when temperature inversions set in. Utah even has a video about air quality and your health which we’ve included below. The video advises folks to take their activities indoors when the PM level exceeds 90. This is especially important for pregnant women and babies because a recent study by researchers at USC and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles found that exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy and the first year of life is associated with more than twice the risk of autism. The Centers for Disease Control say Utah has the highest rate of autism in the nation with one in 47 children diagnosed with autism, compared to one in 88 nationwide. Check out the below video explaining the USC Autism Study and either stay indoors or head for the highest mountains. Live to ski another day.

 

 

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Jan

This is Part 2 of Andy Traslin’s day in the Whistler Blackcomb backcountry on Jan. 20, 2013. After climbing and skiing Mt. Fitzsimmon, Andy and friends Alex Gibbs, Cameron Coatta and Liam Bensen continued onto Mt. Iago’s summit located at 7,500 ft. The video below is them on the West face of Iago. Andy reports that conditions were: variable at best. The video says it all.

 


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Jan
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Descent route on Mt. Fitzsimmons


Mt. Fitzsimmons in relation to Whistler Blackcomb


Andy Traslin continues to log big vertical: this past Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, he spent the day deep in the Whistler Blackcomb backcountry with fellow skiers Alex Gibbs, Cameron Coatta and Liam Bensen. His video below captures them on the East to NE face of Mt. Fitzsimmons which tops out at 7,800 ft (2,600m) – check it out because that face rarely gets skied. Here’s what Andy had to say about the conditions -

That traverse from Overlord gets me everytime. Always bullet proof. Side hill skinning is not a good idea. Good thing Alex waved the ice axe and Cam was quick on his feet. Otherwise I may have been watching everyone ski from the bottom of the valley. Not ideal conditions but a lot better than I expected.

 

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Jan

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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.

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23
Jan

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.

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22
Jan

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!



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21
Jan

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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.

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Jan

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!



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Jan

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.



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