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13
Dec

The Snow Troopers are looking forward to our 2013/2014 ski calendar. Now, we just need our good old PNW snow faucet to get flicked to the “ON” position… Like right right now, and I don’t mean the little tease that hit the Cascade front yesterday, more like the “Cascade Concrete” or “Cascade Crud” seen in the video below. Not only do I want the BIG snow for my own personal fix, but The Snow Troopers’ are beyond stoked to announce that “World Extreme Ski” champion, and AK heli ski pioneer (amongst a long list of other accomplishments), Dean Cummings, will be paying the Cascades a visit this Christmas break. We will be posting the details for Dean’s stops to The Summit at Snoqualmie, Alpental, Mission Ridge and Stevens Pass in the next few days. Please check back early next week to catch all of the Dean Cummings/H2O Guides PNW dates, so you can make plans to come out and rip your home mountain with a living ski legend/ current BIG mountain pioneer (not to mention a wealth of “Steep Life Protocol” knowledge). You don’t get a chance to meet people like Dean Cummings everyday, probably no need to mention that this Snow Trooper will break an important date so I don’t miss a once in a lifetime chance to soak up some serious wisdom in one afternoon or eveing, that took the ski legend a lifetime to gain… No Brainer!!! Click play and watch our 2012/2013 Summit at Snoqualmie & Alpental highlights to help get those big SNOW vibes working!

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12
Dec

Some shots sent over from Jameson Florence and company finding the goods at Stevens Pass this past December 10th, many days after the last storm produced the goods you see in the photos (knowing we just got a little dose of apx 3 inches today here in the Central Cascades).










Skier David O'Donnell/photo credit Jameson Florence

Jameson Florence... No worries of early season holes while in the air/photo credit David O'Donnell

Yoshiko Chamon finding the deep zone/photo credit Jameson Florecnce






















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11
Dec

Below is the sweet “Tiny House” pillow line video (skied by Zack Giffin) I had mentioned the other day when sharing the Sweetgrass “jungle ski” segment (which also features Mt. Baker local, Zack Giffin). Don’t miss this one, especially the last line of the vid.. It’s off the hook!

 

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10
Dec

I love my family, friends, my boy Trooper and all the awesome creatures we share our Winter playground with, so just seeing this one of a handful of goats getting buried alive hit me hard ( I want to say they all end up out, but the video isn’t too clear). Like I said, hated to see this, but it is powerful, so click play and “Live to Ski Another Day!”

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09
Dec

Short video from Carl Simpson and Jeff Rich, chasing some of the many dayz of December POW at Crystal Mountain Resort!

photo credit – Carl Simpson


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08
Dec

Stoked to share this very creative segment from the latest Sweetgrass Productions’ movie that features Mt. Baker local / friend, Zack Giffin. If you have followed our site from the earlier years, then I’m sure you have seen Zack and his brother Sam’s “Right on Brothers” videos, or maybe the sweet day we had with Zack and the Plakes a few years back. Their videos and athletes always kick ass, especially the amazing pillow line Zack skied this past Winter up in Canada (I will share it very soon).


Below is the creative forest segment from this year’s Sweetgrass.

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07
Dec

Western Washington University, located up in Bellingham, WA, is known to me for educating some of the best skiers and snowboarders I know! No joke, I think in my 15 years living the PNW life, I have only met one person that didn’t do some kind of snowriding while going to school up there. Currently, having young athletes enrolled at WWU, I’m am in constant contact with these hard working students as they blaze through school with excellent marks, some of them fighting the good fight in politics to help save our snow, but ALL of them leave school with a solid resume to head off into OUR real world ( just like this one from Ian Saksa ), or should I call it a compilation of 1/4 finals.


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06
Dec

One of our bro’s and new team member this year, Jeff Rich, calls Stevens Pass, WA his home stompin’ grounds (however just like so many of us, when away from WA and being a year round skier, he calls the Cascades his home). Jeff Rich and our other good friend Zack Jessel were both captured accessing the goods in the Stevens backcountry by Jameson Florence this past December 4th. Still can’t believe how much better the conditions are to the North, just up the Cascade Crest from Snoqualmie Pass, WA (not to mention the South). BTW, Stevens Pass is rocking the Hogsback, Skyline, Kehr’s, Tye Mill, Seventh Heaven, and Daisy chair lifts daily 9AM to 4PM.


Zack Jessel stepping on the throttle and throwing a rooster tail. Stevens Pass, WA - 12/4/13


Jeff Rich finding early season air. Stevens Pass, WA - 12/4/13

FACE SHOT in route... Jeff Rich. Stevens Pass, WA - 12/4/13

5 Hard days of skiing and partying make for a tired skier... Jeff Rich snoozing on the ridge before making another lap down the backside, Steven

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04
Dec

On Tuesday of this week, Jerad Merbs, Karter Riach and myself took a gamble in search for some of the goods our Brothers, to the North at Stevens and to the South at Crystal, have been slashing in recent days. The two options for the easiest ski approach, we felt, were Alpental or Silver Peak. We chose to head for Silver Peak, (making that call at 5AM Tuesday) because of two reasons, 1) Monday night’s storm didn’t produce the snow we had hoped to see on the ground when we woke up, 2) Jerad would rock his jeep with tough rubber, that could possibly get us to Windy Pass. The Windy Pass target was almost hit with the jeep, but the goods were very spotty as we reached the lower dome of Silver (just under the Cirque). If I were to head back to Silver with these current conditions, I will be rolling with crampons and an ice axe. The low angle skiing, in this wind effected zone, is your best bet, but conditions are still quite boney. Think BIG SNOW!



The temps were in the teens and Silver Peak was already blingin’ from the beautiful sunrise. However, Trooper dog wasn’t enjoying the good morning we were, due to what I call the cold weather “STINGERS” on his paws. I have found over Trooper’s 10 years (him being mostly a Golden Retriever, which has the wrong hair for snow) of skiing year round in the Cascades, there is only a couple of weeks a year when the below normal temps sting his pads. The “stingers” happen when we are in the ICE Station Zebra mode here in the Cascades and the backcountry skiing is usually locked up good and tight too. This can be a great time to take up another sport that might be at it’s best in these type of conditions, like cross country skating/skiing. In these apx two weeks a year of “frozen lock down” time, we will hit a fresh groomer for a walk/ski, but I have learned with Trooper, when the cold temps/moisture content are just right he will start holding his paw up as if he has a piece of cactus in it. Trooper, will then take a few more steps, stop, and now, he will be holding (maybe) a front left and a back rear (which would let me know he didn’t have a strain or something in his paw, but it did show his wicked balance on a funnier note).




You will see in the video, I found a fix for the rare problem he was having on Tuesday, by using a product I am currently using for myself called Gurney Goo (an anti-friction, silicone based product made for marathon runners (feet, crouch, etc… -A better example might be the Tough Mudders, mucking through a mud puddle, then running for miles with some serious mud (just call it sand paper) between their thighs). Very cool product for all sorts of ultra outdoor activities.

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03
Dec

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is  an awesome get away that offers not only the most lift served vertical relief in N.America, but also offers heli, cat, and backcounty snowriding (note: there are only a handful of base areas, that I can think of off hand, here in N.America that offer all of this action in one location). The fact that Revelstoke offers the full package (heli, cat, lift, and backcountry) out of their base area, gives you much better odds to get the goods on your trip. For example, if there is a NO fly for weather, then you have three other options. Another example, if you show up for a lift served ski vacation and the only untracked snow is in the backcountry, BINGO, there are three other options to get after the untracked (on the annual PREPLANNED trip). Another cool note about this zone, Revelstoke gets hammered with quality snow and is a stop on this month’s Freeride World Tour (which should tell you something about their BIG mountain terrain, with me having too). Go visit this rad mountain and historic BC city.


Below is a short video from our friends at Freeride Media that touches on a little of the HUGE amount of fun to be found at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

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