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Dec

We started this website originally to share our own alpine touring and freeriding adventures, and now we are so stoked to be sharing so many of our friends adventures too. The one video I want to close the year with is from our very good friends, the Harder family ( I mean the Harder ski posse). Autumn and Aspen Harder might only be a third of my size, but their passion for skiing is every bit as large as mine.




I hope you enjoy their season edit as much as I did, then get out there and make some great turns in 2013!!! Happy New Year, and always “Live to Ski Another Day” Snow Troopers!


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Dec

Our good friends, Tara and Carl Simpson, had a blast during the 2012 SNOWmageddon at their home ski area, Crystal Mountain this past Dec 16th through the 21st. The third week of this month was certainly a week I will remember from our zone in the Cascades and I sure glad the Simpsons captured their Cascade zones fun to share w/ us as we drink the morning cup of joe.



The video below is a pov compilation of a solid week riding the Cascade mountains and a bar stool or two.

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Dec

This past week Andrew Eckels, Jacob Mandell and Cory Tarilton headed up into one of my favorite front yard trees zones, up here at Hyak, WA. Below is a short video and report of their half day adventure.


On Thursday December 27th Jacob, Cory and I set off to explore some tree skiing off of Rampart Ridge. We left the crowds of snowshoers on the Gold Creek road and set off through the thick young growth forest finding solitude and beautiful scenery. The first 500 vertical feet consisted of navigating brush and young forest while breaking trail through heavy snow. That took a couple of hours.



Once into older forests with a deeper snowpack progress was much quicker minus a few really steep sections that involved holding onto trees while kick-turning. From where we topped out we enjoyed a thousand feet of vert of great tree skiing, and then worked our way to the bottom through progressively thicker undergrowth and heavier snow. It wasn’t the best work to reward ratio, but it was great having the forest all to ourselves and discovering a new zone that will be great with more coverage.


 

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Dec

Our friends Drew Hunter and Sam Gillin were getting the most of SNOWmageddon 2012 right along with us, just not with us. I saw them for a moment a time or two in line, wish we could have connected to get some shots of them killing it. Anyway, below is their week all wrapped up into a pov edit they are calling “Kittysode 2″.



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Dec

A couple weekends back we had an event called the Jib This, Jib That going down at Summit Central. This park event is spilt into two days, boarders going the first day and skiers the second. Last year I made it over and threw up a quick edit but this year, I’m thinking it was the powder that kept me away from the park. However, the Summit at Snoqualmie has a new park crew member that can film and edit too. His name is Garrett Porter and the video below is the event through his lens.



The next video is from our friend Abe Krieger, who also helps out the Summit with some filming and editing, but now is going to school in Maine. Lucky for us, he came home for the holidays and hooked up with his posse for some fun in the Central Park. Some of his filming including the “Jib That” event, so check it out!

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Dec

December 26th was opening day for Summit East aka Hyak. This was the Summit at Snoqualmie’s 4th and final base area to open. They hit it perfectly this year with each area opening on days loaded with fresh powder. Summit East is a 1,000′ mountain that has better continuos vertical than most mountains twice the vertical drop. The crowd for opening day this year was similar to the standard weekend crowd. However, I only saw a few locals (very rare). First lap was a mad dash for pow back down to the bottom East Peak chair, then I spent the rest of the morning in the Ewok forrest skiing my favorite lines at a nice easy pace while everyone was chasing what was left on the open trails.



below is a short video from today

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Dec

Merry Christmas! It was a very white Christmas today up here on Snoqualmie Pass, WA, where we received 6″ of fresh during operating hours. Another nice note of skiing on Christmas day up at the Summit at Snoqualmie is no lift lines. Alpental had a delayed opening due to avalanche work on wind loaded snow, but once it opened, the morning crowd thinned out. I started my day over there but ended up skiing the low angle pow on Sunrise in the Silver Fir base area. Below are some pics from when Santa paid the Alpental back bowls a visit (with Shaun Maurer launching overhead). Ho Ho Ho Let it Snow! Hope your Christmas is merry and bright!



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Dec

Mike sent this one down the other day to share a little lift served action, for a change of uphill pace, at Cypress Mountain. Knowing that Mike and Andy spend most of their free time climbing remote peaks for the super sweet ski, they can’t help but take advantage of the great lift served storm skiing they get right in their North Vancouver backyard.



Their day out was this past Wednesday the 19th of December. Looking like a white Christmas in B.C. too!

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Dec

You MUST read SNOW FALL: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek. It is an amazing work of print – no, strike that, multimedia journalism that gives the most detailed (not to mention gripping and emotional) account ever of the Feb. 19, 2012 avalanche in the Stevens Pass, WA backcountry. That avalanche took the lives of three beloved locals: Freeskiing World Tour’s Jim Jack, Stevens Pass marketing director Chris Rudolph, and Johnny Brenan, a Leavenworth contractor. The story reveals the beauty and allure of skiing our backcountry at Stevens Pass and other parts of Washington’s Cascade Mountains (and the risks associated with any backcountry terrain). The author, John Branch, worked on this for over six months. It involved interviews with every survivor, the families of the deceased, first responders at Tunnel Creek, officials at Stevens Pass and snow-science experts. It also included the examination of reports by the police, the medical examiner and the Stevens Pass Ski Patrol, as well as 40 calls to 911 made in the aftermath of the avalanche. The Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research provided a computer-generated simulation of the avalanche, based on data accumulated from the Stevens Pass accident report and witness accounts. His hard work pays off in this exceptionally moving and insightful report – it deserves a read by everyone who loves to ski and ride the big mountains.

 

This story comes at a time when the Washington Cascades are attracting national attention for leading the nation in snow fall and snow pack: over 80″ fell in a week at Mt. Baker and they have 178″ at Pan Dome now and 97″ fell in the last week at Crystal Mountain. It you ski/ride in the backcountry, there’s no better time than now to make sure you’re prepared and have the proper education, skills and experience. If you haven’t already or need a refresher, check out the classes and guided trips at Pro Guiding Service in N. Bend (click on their logo to the right). Have a safe and happy holiday and live to ski another day!

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Dec

This past week on Snoqualmie Pass, we were blasted all the way up until the end of the Mayan calendar (blasted w/ snow not meteors).


The calm before the storm….


Now that I have rolled out of bed today on the 22nd, with the world still under my feet, I thought I would share some of the video captured during SNOWmageddon 2012 (12/14/2012 thru 12/21/2012). ENJOY!!!


Short video below of 1 week and 2 epic openings (Summit Central and Alpental)

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