This past week, Jeff Rich, Tara and Carl Simpson, Jason Hummel, Adam Roberts and myself, packed up two RVs to start making our way for SIA 2016 in Denver. We made our 1st “rest” stop at a super fun mountain based in Idaho with terrain that extends into Montana. Nothing trumps a lift served, skiable border crossing. The mountain I’m speaking of is Lookout Pass, ID. Being on the I-90 corridor, just under 6 hours East of Seattle, this is a mountain that gets a lot of annual snowfall. 400″ is the average at Lookout Mountain, making it one of the leaders of Idaho snowfall. As you will see in the video below, we didn’t hit this on one of their many epic powder dayz but we did have a blast skiing the “Spring like” snow -and doing so, pretty much all by ourselves. This mountain is very easy to access by a short flight into Spokane. From there make the 1.5 hr drive East on I-90 to Lookout Pass. I’d recommend staying in the really cool town of Wallace, ID, which is just 20 minutes West of the ski area, on I-90. Be sure to check out the Wallace Inn, which I noticed is offering this great deal:
Another killer deal, I heard about while skiing Lookout, was the Season Pass offer, which will be available later this month. 199 bucks gets you next season’s pass plus skiing for the remainder of this season! Smoking deal! So be sure to check back to Lookout’s website later this month to find out all of the fine details. Also, while checking out their site, be sure to look at the 2,000 acre expansion which is in the not too far off future.
Below is our day wrapped up in under 3 minutes
Blizzard’s Zero G backcountry touring skis have received much praise for their light weight and performance. We visited their booth at the SIA Snow Show to get a preview of their 2016/2017 Zero G skis. The product line incorporates Carbon Drive technology -the integration of the market’s first 3D unidirectional carbon fiber frame, with an ultra-lightweight paulownia woodcore construction. The result is industry leading, lightweight products that don’t sacrifice performance. The Zero G 108cm wide skis weigh in at 1750g for 185cm. That’s light! Watch the video below to preview that and the rest of the Zero G skis with Carbon Drive.
“Huge Winter Storm to Hit Utah and Colorado this Weekend?” That’s the headline NOAA’s going with today. They are forecasting heavy snow for eastern UT and western CO beginning Friday night. Thank the wet Pacific wave that’s drenching (and flooding parts of) WA at this moment. NOAA states that this winter storm may be a prolonged event that could continue into Tuesday. Over the weekend, the strengthening winter storm could bring widespread heavy snow that targets southwest Colorado, but may extend as far north as the I70 corridor. If so, we will be demoing powder skis at the SIA On the Snow demo days for sure. The images below show the precipitation probability of 0.25″ or more for a 24 hour period. The shaded blue region is 50% to 70% – note it covers Copper Mountain (where the show is headed), Summit County and a lot of Colorado.
SnowSports Industries America (SIA), the snow sports industry’s member-owned trade association, kicked off the 2016 SIA Snow Show in Denver today. 18,000 snow sports retailers, reps, media, and manufacturers, including 1,000 brands and 530 total exhibitors and a mix of athletes and industry professionals, will be in attendance at this 62nd annual Snow Show. The show is the single largest global snow sports trade event. It’s followed by the On-Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest (Feb. 1-2) at Copper Mountain Resort . We’ll be there to preview 2016 gear so check back often for a peek at what’s in store for next season.
Pacific NW ski icon, Bill Johnson passed away yesterday in Oregon. He was the 1st American to win Olympic Downhill Gold (Sarajevo ‘84). He grew up skiing at Bogus Basin, Mt. Hood and honed his racing at Mission Ridge, WA. The U.S. Ski Team credits him with motivating “an entire generation of American ski racers, with the team’s current success rooted in the achievements of that 1984 Olympic Team”. The ‘84 U.S. team wins included Gold from Washington locals Deb Armstrong and Phil Mahre, and silver for Christin Cooper and Steve Mahre. “As a teammate of Bill Johnson during a very successful period of U.S. Ski Team history, I had the utmost respect for his accomplishments as an athlete,” said USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “He established a benchmark for downhill ski racing in America.” For tributes and more about the legend, visit U.S. Ski Team’s page.
Our bro Andy Traslin, sent this clip over from one of their good days close to home, in Vancouver, Canada. Living in N.Vancouver, Mike and Andy Traslin don’t have to travel very far for some nice steep shots (to get their skiing fix) as you will see in the video below.
Here’s a high noon video that kicked off our New Year on Snoqualmie Pass earlier this month. There’s another BIG storm hitting the Cascades this weekend so I hope the edit brings you a little stoke and leads to the mountains! “Live to Ski Another Day!” TNT
The video below captures a fair amount of the epic powder Tara and Carl Simpson got to feast on during the tail end of 2015. Truly a December to Remember! Now everyone’s ready for a January reload!
Here’s another fun one Tyler Tran sent over to share for a little Sunday morning stoke! After you click play and check out their fun day, then head out and get some of your own today! See you on the snow!