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09
Nov

What do we do in November while waiting for safe, skiable snow in the mountains? Well, Silas Wild had a good answer – Gather with other sliding deprived addicts and Party for Snow! To that end, he went to check out EVO’s grand opening celebration of their hip new store at N 35th Street and Stone Way. This is what he had to say:  What a beauty it is, full of new gear and enthusiastic kids ready to set us up to slay the powder when it arrives. As usual, EVO had some great skiers, great artists, and lots of fun on hand yesterday when I toured the new facility. I saw just about every new ski for 2012-13 in stock, state of the art boot fitting, huge new repair shop, and a great bar and casual restaurant plus a skate park (under construction) in the Fremont Collective shared space.In the evening, Pro Ski Seattle hosted their annual get ready for snow party with a keg, ski movies, and all the new boots and skis.  The fun continues Sat., 11/10 at EVO with a huge sale, free giveaways from 686, live music and a silent auction.  And now it looks like Mother Nature is trying to do her part to load the slopes for us!

Congratulations to Bryce Phillips on the new store.

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08
Nov

SHRED-A-VISION, the latest movie from Wildcard Films, is having it world premiere in Seattle next Thursday, November 15th at the Landmark Guild 45th, 2115 North 45th. Doors at 9pm, Movie at 9:30. SHRED-A-VISION is Wildcard’s 2 year Megaproject featuring the talents of Patrick McCarthy, Nick Ennen, Andy Bergin-Sperry, Colin Spencer, Madison Ellsworth, Tim Carlson, Joe Bosler, Kurt Jenson, Matt Penny, Forrest Burki, Forest Bailey, Manuel Diaz, Stefan Krumm, Seth Hill, Luke Thorington, Nate Lind, Lucas Debari, Aaron Robinson, Jake Blauvelt, Scotty Vine, Austin Hironaka, Temple Cummins, Laura Hadar, Jay Kelly, Shaun McKay, and more. So many of these riders are from our own PNW so if you ride here, you’re going to know a lot of them. Highlights from our own backyard stomping grounds include X Games gold medalist Forest Bailey in the Mt. Baker backcountry with Patrick McCarthy and Heli missions in the Cascades and so much more. Get your tickets @ http://shredavision.brownpapertickets.com/ and see you there.

 

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07
Nov

Mammoth Mountain is opening for the 2012/2013 season tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 8th. Catch the first chair at 8:30 am. They expect to have Broadway, Saddle Bowl, and Main Park open for skiing and riding. You’ll be able to access this – the most open terrain in California – via Chair 1 and Chair 3. The gondola will also be open for scenic rides. Have fun. Check for additional opening dates for resorts in our earlier post.

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07
Nov

New this season – Moment Skis’ Deathwish – featuring a new design profile they’re calling Dirty Moustache which has 3 camber sections along the 112mm midsection of the ski and rockered tip and tail. This gives the ski incredible edge hold by putting weight on 4 contact points along the edge. We joined Moment’s Corky Still to try out the Deathwish skis on Winter Park’s hard pack snow (which many called icy) – check out the video below showing Corky Still carving at hi speeds to prove the point and Moment’s own CEO, Casey Hakansson, talking about the skis. Alas, a powder ski that can carve on hard pack too. And don’t forget that all Moment Skis are handmade in the USA.



The video below Corky Still gives them the AK Spring test down the North Suicide Chute.

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06
Nov

No, we’re not referring to Mary Jane, the ski area at Winter Park, CO. Yes, we are referring to the three snow loving states where skiers and riders voted today to legalize marijuana for 21+: Colorado, Oregon and Washington. So far, more have voted to pass the measure in Colorado and Washington (but votes are still being counted). Thanks to all skiers and riders who voted today. Live to ski another day!

UPDATE: CO has just become the 1st state to legalize recreational use of marijuana! And WA followed suit! CO & WA – the best states to ski & ride in this season!

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06
Nov

Snow lovers in the Pacific NW will soon have something to cheer about. The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for cooler temperatures and unsettled weather for rest of the week…A cold front will move over the area late tonight and Wed. ushering in cooler temperatures. This will be followed by a deep low pressure system dropping out of the Gulf of Alaska into the Pacific NW late Thurs. & Fri. bringing even colder temperatures. Snow levels Wed. will drop to 3000-5000 ft behind the cold front, then continue to lower late late Thurs. & Fri. as the coldest air arrives. Snow levels by fri. will be around 500-1000 ft which will be low enough to bring snow to the lowest elevations of the Columbia basin. Most of the precipitation associated with this low will be showery in nature. Yet several inches of snow can be expected in the mountains especially across central and NE Oregon. In the lower elevations rain will be the primary precipitation type Thurs. then turning to snow overnight and Fri. occasionally mixed with rain… The cooler temperatures are expected to last through beginning of next week with another storm system arriving on Sun. night and Mon.

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05
Nov

Here’s part 2 of Dorian’s Argentina adventure this past Summer. This video shows a few days of skiing in the Las Lenas ski area with not always the greatest snow, but a huge amount of fun. This video features Dorian Densmore (our Teton Valley friend) and Matthi Weichselbaumer (the snowboarder), a good friend of Dorians from Bavaria, who is really easy going, super happy, and a great snowboarder. Sit back and enjoy a couple of South America’s classic chutes in the video below, then click this link for Argentina part 1.



Heading up after the lift served head start.

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04
Nov

Enough snow fell last week on Verbier, Switzerland for them to partially open on Friday, ahead of schedule. Tom Greenall of Idris Skis sent us a short video and reported that “only Lac de Vaux officially opened. The run to Ruinettes was open if you didn’t mind a few scratches. A fair bit of rock hopping and scrambling to get to this short pitch.” Verbier is a top destination for freeriders. Every year, Verbier hosts the final of the Freeride World Tour as part of its Xtreme event. The 2013 FWT finals will be there on Mar. 23rd.


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04
Nov

The North Bend Mountain Film Festival continues today at the North Bend Theatre (125 Bendigo Blvd. N., N. Bend, WA) with a double feature of People Films’ snowboard movie premiere, Pretty Wise, and Level 1’s Sunny. Today’s Pretty Wise premiere is presented by Seattle’s own EyeKandy Media. The film features 11 rising stars and three veterans: Jason Robinson, Rusty Ockenden, Robbie Walker, Shayne Posposil, Jake Koia, Lonnie Kauk, Elias Elhardt, Johnny Lazz, Scot Brown, Marco Smolla, Mark Carter, Jason Dubois, Will Lavigne and Shaun McKay. Sunny features big screen ski action from, among other places, our own Stevens Pass, Crystal Mountain and Mt. Hood. It recently won two 2012 International Freeski Film Festival (iF3) Awards in Montreal, QC for ‘Best North American Film’ and ‘Best Editing’. The film stars Chris Logan, Mike Hornbeck, Tom Wallisch, Wiley Miller, Eric Pollard, Will Wesson, Torin Yater-Wallace, Tim McChesney, Ahmet Dadali, Alex Bellemare, Niklas Eriksson, Adam Delorme, Josh Bibby, LJ Strenio, Tanner Rainville, Logan Imlach, Spencer Milbocker, Sig Tveit, Lucas Stål-Madison. Watch the trailer for Pretty Wise below and for Sunny in our earlier post. Doors open today at 4pm and the first film begins at 5pm. Get tickets here.

 

Check the schedule below for more ski and snowboard films in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

11/11 – splitboard mountaineer Kyle Miller in Person. ProGuiding in North Bend is sponsoring the evening and will host a “pre-func” in their store.

11/19 – Reel Rock 7 Tour (climbing films): The Dura Dura featuring Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra, The Shark’s Fin featuring legendary alpinist Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, Wide Boys featuring Brits, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, Honnold 3.0 with Alex Honnold doing the Yosemite Triple: in under 19 hours he climbs Mt. Watkins, El Cap and Half Dome, 95% of it free solo.

12/5-7 – Banff Mountain Film Festival

12/8 – North Bend Amateur Film Challenge Winners and Warren Miller’s Flow State (click link for film info & trailer)

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03
Nov

 

Multi-mountain season passes seem to be all the rage these past years. In WA, Stevens Pass offers its unlimited season pass holders privileges at Mountain High, Sierra-at-Tahoe and China Peak in California.  If you missed the early bird sale, Stevens’ unlimited passes are now selling for $799 adults or $599 for ages 7-15 (before tax). However, if you have plans to travel to So. California and want to save some $$, we found a deal for less than half that price at Mountain High’s website. Seniors, FT college students and kids 6 and under still get a good deal at Stevens.

 

Mountain High is offering a $349 adult season pass that includes an unlimited number of 8 hr day tickets, 7 days/wk including holidays at Stevens Pass. The price goes up to $399 on Nov. 7th. Catch is you have to pick up your pass at the resort (i.d. required so you can’t have someone pick up for you). You’d also lose the convenience of going direct to lift at Stevens. If that’s not a big deal and you’re planning to go to So. Cal. before skiing or riding Stevens, check out Mountain High’s schedule of rates and pass holder benefits below.

 

Buying a season pass at Sierra-at-Tahoe or China Peak will also get you on the mountain at Stevens Pass but there’s a cap of ten non-holiday lift tickets per passholder, per resort, per season. So, if you’re a regular at Stevens, those really aren’t good options. However, since we’re on the topic, we’ve included China Peak’s season pass prices below:

Prices valid through 11/30/12New Passholders Prices valid through 11/30/12Renewing 2011/2012 passholders Regular Rates

Adult (18+)

$389

$359

$419

Senior (65+)

$369

$339

$399

Junior (13-17)

$229

$209

$249

Child (6-12)

$149


As mentioned, Sierra-at-Tahoe’s season pass holders are also limited to ten non-holiday lift tickets at Stevens but they’ve thrown in extras perks at Monarch Mountain (maximum three anytime lift tickets per passholder, per season) and Grand Targhee Resort (ski/ride FREE when lodging at non-discounted rates -one lift ticket, per passholder for every night of lodging based on availability. Not available during certain high volume periods). So if you’re just going to Stevens for 10 or fewer days and want to visit other resorts, check out their pass rates below.

Unlimited Pass – Including All Holidays + Saturdays Rate
Adult (23 – 69) $379
Young Adult (13 – 22) $279
College (proof of 6 credits) $279
Child (5 – 12) $119
Child (4 and under) FREE
Super Senior (70+) $119
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