This past week/weekend Tara and Carl Simpson have been living life just how they love, skiing just up the road at their home stomping grounds of Crystal Mountain. When your car is covered with a massive amount of snow and it is sitting almost 2,000 feet below the lowest lift on your mountain, you know the skiing is ALL TIME! Take a look at Carl’s short POV then plan out your holiday at any of the “Cascade Gems”, because Santa is bringing a nice gift of SNOW that should be falling close to sea level. Live to Ski Another Day!
Over the past 10 days, Jeff Rich has spent all of his time destroying the powder at Stevens Pass that has been served up daily by the Snow Gods! He would have had an edit to share days ago, but the faucet was on full blast, keeping him right on his home mountain were he’s happiest! Check out the vid, get your stoke on and enjoy the Christmas break, which is looking just like remember it should! Keep thinking BIG SNOW!!!
Take a little look at the lift served action as seen last weekend through the POV lens of Carl Simpson at Crystal Mountain Resort. With the current storm rolling towards the Cascades, this weekend should even be better. Get out and get some!
Last Saturday (12/12/15), The Summit at Snoqualmie added another base area to the mix, Summit Central. Although it wasn’t the banger opening we’ve shown in past years, it still was quite nice, finding a fair amount of untracked powder. I met up with a couple of Snow Troopers (Jerad Merbs and Jack Taylor) to help me hunt for a little fresh, in between the groomers, off of the Central Express. With the big storm that is currently rolling into WA, my guess is the management will have the mountain 100% open (from Alpental to the Nordic Center) for the Christmas holiday. Think big SNOW!
below is a short edit of a little of what we skied this past weekend.
A quick peek at the conditions from Mission Ridge, this past Sunday (12/13/15) as seen through the lens of our friend, Mike Rolfs. If you haven’t been to Mission Ridge before, you owe it to yourself to load up the crew for some great “down home” fun on a mountain that has terrain for EVERYONE!
This past Saturday (12/5/15), The Snow Troopers convergence zone was Stevens Pass Resort, to search for untracked POW on their opening weekend. As you’ll see in the video below, it was found ALL weekend long. We had a pretty large group show up for a memorable BIG day, that finished off reflecting on the powder we found while grabbing some great grub and refreshments, in the base area’s Bull’s Tooth Pub and Eatery. After a lot of laughs, we all rolled out, some needing to rest up for round two the following morning, but Jerad and I were sucked into the epic Christmas light action, found just to the East of the Pass in Leavenworth, WA. What a great day in the Cascades of Washington! Can’t wait to head back asap. If you want to plan a fantastic weekend getaway, I highly recommend basing out of Leavenworth, you will be stoked. Click HERE for lodging info.
Below is our big day seen in 5+ minutes.
Friday (12/4/15) kicked of three days of Great skiing for Tara and Carl Simpson. Day one was spent with Jeff Rich at his home mountain of Stevens Pass (opening day), slashing the cold powder. Then, it was back home to their stomping grounds, Crystal Mountain Resort, to finish off the weekend. This last blast that came through and rewarded them with, FULL ON, top to bottom powder fest slashing, while the rested the legs in the comfort of the “Mt. Rainier Gondola”. Saturday they chose to stretch the legs using a lift bump to access the backcountry and Sunday they hit the jackpot with 17″ of untouched fresh goodness! Not much more to say about their three day window of freshies, except BE SURE to check out the video below! If you have not skied Crystal Mountain before, you owe it to yourself to get up there for a day trip out of the Puget Sound or if you are out of state book your own “Helicopter (style) ski vacation” HERE on the “Stay and Play” page of their site.
As we edit up this past weekends blower powder adventures from Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain, I wanted to share this fantastic segment from this year’s WME film. The segment takes place (mostly) in Valdez Alaska and features Amie Engerbrets, Lexi DuPont, and McKenna Peterson. Below is what WME had to say about this sweet powder slashin’ edit.
Impressive landscapes of immaculate terrain make up the mountains of Valdez, Alaska. Athletes Amie Engerbretson, McKenna Peterson and Lexi duPont are willing to admit the high level of intimidation these jagged peaks can generate. Standing at the top, as Engerbretson puts it, “can be a mixed bag of emotions.” Hailing from ski towns like Tahoe and Sun Valley, these three perceive skiing this territory not only as an ambitious feat, but also as one of legacy and curiosity. With parents who are local skiing celebrities, fishermen and adventure filmmakers, these girls have been motivated to ski Alaska’s mountains their entire lives. Traveling via helicopter and RV across the Valdez region, they are here to find out what the hype around AK is all about. Turning down massive spines and leaving their marks on untouched, snow-packed faces, the ladies discover that skiing in Alaska is not just where dreams come true, “it’s where dreams are lived.”
I ran into a few friends a couple nights ago at a local eatery/hangout on Snoqualmie Pass (the Aardvark Express) who all had just seen the latest stunt “some guy” pulled off in the Swiss Alps on the Eiger. They weren’t sure who the skier was (and I didn’t look it up, as this sport doesn’t do much for me as a spectator, because of the “High Risk” involved and loosing my all time favorite skier, Shane McConkey this way), but when I later caught the national news, I wasn’t surprised to learn it was JT Holmes. If you are wondering why I wasn’t surprised, that is because JT was one of Shane’s best friends and did his ski/wingsuit jump apx a minute prior to the tragic accident in the Dolomites during a Matchstick Productions shoot. JT didn’t actually see the tragic accident until watching it, ONE TIME ONLY, in the cameraman’s view finder. Love my ski family, even those whom I’ve never met… “Live to Ski Another Day!”
Below is the 60 Minutes segment of JT’s recent ski base jump
The vid below was the beautiful tribute to Shane McConkey, that had me in tears while watching it in a packed Seattle theater (it’s still hard for me to watch).
As most of you know, a couple Snow Troopers made the journey this past week to open up one of our 7 gems that make up the Cascade Crown of ski areas, Mission Ridge. We were amazed with the top to bottom, world class groomers they had on opening weekend, that started with amazing views from their summit chair 2 and apx 2 miles/2,250′ continuous vertical drop that led us back to the base area. Fantastic groomer madness, but being early season we didn’t get to hit their amazing BIG mountain terrain, so I wanted to share an edit from last year. The edit below will let you clearly see this is a mountain to put on your hit list, a mountain that can please all types/styles of snow riders. Check it and be sure to go visit this awesome mountain that has short lift lines and super friendly locals. Click here to find out details to help plan a trip to MISSON RIDGE SKI AND SNOWBOARD RESORT.