“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!
Here’s a great video our friend, Rowan Stuart, put together of some great December riding in the Cascades with Saign Charlestein and Ben Starkey. These guys are very solid on the uphill and, as you’ll see, rocking the downhill too! I’ve only been in the backcountry with these guys a few times, but they are a joy to watch ride. To see more photos from Rowan and keep up with our daily fun, visit our fb site HERE.
Jeff Rich has pretty much occupied the Stevens Pass parking lot the entire month of December, coming home only for a Christmas gathering, do some laundry and restock on food. Then he was back at what he does best, getting after the goods the Cascades bring us more often than not. If you follow the site, you know that even on a bad year in the Cascades, Jeff Rich, finds and slays epic powder! However, this season his hard work from last year has paid off, by not leaving his home stomping grounds. This is a compilation video of some fantastic skiing he and a bunch of other friends captured this past DUMPcember, so be sure to check it out! Photo above was captured by our bro Jameson Florence. To see more photos and keep up with our daily fun, visit our fb site HERE.
Andy Traslin just shot this one over for a share of he and his brother Mike having some December fun outside of Vancouver in their home zone. Good fun, glad most of us have been blessed with great El Nino snow!