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30
Jan

Andrew Eckels just sent this one over last night… After a pow filled December the PNW got its typical stretch of midwinter high pressure coupled great snow conditions and bomber stability. For two weeks we toured out of the Heather Meadows parking lot and checked off a plethora of lines that had been on our list since last season. As the days wore on conditions got more variable and the low hanging fruit got tracked out, but we managed to stay one step ahead of the curve the whole time finding fun conditions on protected north faces far away from the crowded Bagley basin. On Wednesday the 16th we toured out to the Coleman Pinnacle and put in 3 laps on the point to the south of it dubbed “Outer Space”. On Saturday the 19th myself Woods, Jackson Blackburn, and Brendan Wells got out to a line we had scoped for some time that dropped into Avalanche Gorge. It had slid close to the top but the bed surface still made for enjoyable skiing down 1500 vertical feet of steep fall line. Before the high pressure window closed a big crew of my friends went out on the 21st and harvested corn on the rolling south slopes of Ptarmigan peak. It was a weather window I won’t soon forget, but for now I say bring on the powder!

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29
Jan

The Smash Life Banked Slalom is a super cool snowboarder only event that has now not only become an annual event but now part of a series. At least a two part series, having just made a stop in Big Sky, MT just before the Alpental event held this past January 13th. This event is a race but mostly a gathering of a tight knit group of freeriders that have come together to remember their lost and very loved brother, Aaron Robinson better know as A-Rob. I never had the pleasure of meeting Aaron, but after going to this gathering, and shooting the breeze with a bunch of riders, I realized how many people he had touch in such a positive way.



The Summit at Snoqualmie has assembled the best park and events team I have seen in my 11 years living on Snoquamlie Pass, and it’s all the brain child of Joe Pope. Joe is the ring leader of this, I guess you might call it a traveling circus, having hit the road traveling all the way from Summit Central to create this awesome event at Alpental. Joe and the park crew come up with extremely creative mountain art time and time again, weather it’s the Red Bull interactive small city they created last year at Central Park or the steeper than average Alpental “Smash Life Banked Slalom”.


Below is a vid not only with some banked action, but a few words from Joe about their bro, A-Rob.

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29
Jan

Here’s a short conditions report w/ Trooper Dog taken last night on our walk up the Summit East ski area. We have received over 12 inches in the past 24 hours at Hyak and up at Alpental we received about 3 feet in the last 72 hours. Yep Alpental re-opens today for POWDER Tuesday in a few hours.. Should be a good one!


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25
Jan

This is Part 2 of Andy Traslin’s day in the Whistler Blackcomb backcountry on Jan. 20, 2013. After climbing and skiing Mt. Fitzsimmon, Andy and friends Alex Gibbs, Cameron Coatta and Liam Bensen continued onto Mt. Iago’s summit located at 7,500 ft. The video below is them on the West face of Iago. Andy reports that conditions were: variable at best. The video says it all.

 


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25
Jan
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Descent route on Mt. Fitzsimmons


Mt. Fitzsimmons in relation to Whistler Blackcomb


Andy Traslin continues to log big vertical: this past Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, he spent the day deep in the Whistler Blackcomb backcountry with fellow skiers Alex Gibbs, Cameron Coatta and Liam Bensen. His video below captures them on the East to NE face of Mt. Fitzsimmons which tops out at 7,800 ft (2,600m) – check it out because that face rarely gets skied. Here’s what Andy had to say about the conditions -

That traverse from Overlord gets me everytime. Always bullet proof. Side hill skinning is not a good idea. Good thing Alex waved the ice axe and Cam was quick on his feet. Otherwise I may have been watching everyone ski from the bottom of the valley. Not ideal conditions but a lot better than I expected.

 

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23
Jan

This past weekend Jacob and Patrick headed up to Stevens in search of a little shaded pow in the Surprise lake area. Below is what Jacob had to say, along with a super short vid.


My buddy Pat and I decided upon an overnight tour into the Surprise Lakes region, an area we explored last year during a similar snow drought. We were looking for some lower angle north facing pillow lines in the trees, but high temps had snow bombed most of the tree skiing. We instead opted to find some nice proto corn on some steeper west facing terrain, which lead to one 2000′ run of fall line skiing.

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22
Jan

Our friends Cameron Barclift and Cameron Chesnut have a sweet playground above their Priest Lake hideout, the Selkirk mountain range. The super cool thing I noticed about their playground, having spent a little time ski touring there the past couple of years, is that there isn’t too many skiers getting after it outside the ski area. You may not see many skiers but you will see snowmobilers which means warming huts and snowmobile trails that lead to some excellent skiing in this Northern Idaho gem. In the video below, it sure looks like the boys caught it right, and had skis just short enough to make turns in the sketchy pencil chute! Nasty, Check it out for a good adrenalin rush!



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20
Jan

The Sunrise entrance to Mt. Rainier N.P. is only open during Summer months and is a super sweet zone I have always wanted to hit mid Winter. It was my good bro Dale that had mentioned to me years ago, sledding into the White River campground is legit. I just pulled out a Green Trails map and indeed, the road is highlighted in red (which means snowmobile/cross country is OK). Below is another good one from the Simpsons’ getting after Goat Island Mountain this past week. Big mountain fun, so close but yet so far away!



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19
Jan

Ever herd of Funner Snowboarding? Well I sure have, Jeremy Dubs aka Funner Snowboarding has been making sic snowboard vids long before I started watching everyone’s adventures on youtube. In recent years, Jeremy has joined forces w/ another group of film makers(Scott Studach, Kurt Jenson & Joel Smith) and now call themselves Wild Card Movies. These guys kick out some sic edits though out the year and now have there latest movie, Shred-A-Vision available on itunes. Check out this athlete profile of Nick Ennen below, then visit this LINK to purchase their work of art.



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18
Jan

Here’s an epic season edit from our friend, Carson Meyer, who is a high school student in Jackson Hole who I’m happy to have been connected to by his father, Doug Meyer, who happens to be the director of the Teton County Search and Rescue. Knowing who Carson’s dad is you can understand that this gang of young men have been through a lot of training already at their age and spend their free time time snow camping in the mountains so they can slash the fresh even longer, while your average teenage with a wild streak is overnighting at the weekend party. Thanks so much Team Fardrift and always live to ski another day!


 


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