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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
It’s been a tough week with no new snow, but at least we have received sunshine in it’s place and Glen Plake will be skiing at Summit West tonight! I wanted to share this conditions video from yesterday skiing with Karter, Joe, Becky and myself, because it should be similar to what Glen gets today/tonight when he arrives with the Elan crew. I hoping for the same conditions today, because all we did yesterday was soak in some sun and epic Snoquamie Pass sights, along with dancing on the corduroy all day (as seen the the video below).
This next vid I wanted to share is a creation of our very good friend, Scott Harder. This was taken two years ago in March, when Glen Plake paid us a surprise visit to Summit East. This was an epic day as seen through the lens of Scott’s cameras. Enjoy this one and be sure to look for today/tonight’s fun with Glen Plake to come your way in video form a few days from now!
Joey Mara was just up on Mt. Rainier’s Muir snowfield with his two bros, Dan McCarthy and Bobby Farrington. Turns out conditions are staying quite nice up high while it’s dry. Check it out, it looks like they hit it perfectly (I just wonder how the high freezing levels and full on sun the past two days are effecting Muir).