SnowRiders 4th Annual Winter Kickoff Party & Urban Sessions happens next Saturday, November 17th, @ 8PM in Boston, MA. This is one big event and party you won’t want to miss (21+ unless you’re competing). About 1000 people attended last year and this year’s going to be bigger with a massive ski & snowboard rail jam. They’ve invited >50 competitors already. So plan on getting to Who’s On First? at 19 Yawkey Way early and you could score a FREE Mount Snow Lift Ticket (first 700 people). They will be giving away over $50k in lift tickets, gear, & apparel. Live music by Camden, High Life & Bad Magician. Competitors stand to win $3500 in cash + boards, skis, and more. Get tickets in advance @ http://www.wkp.eventbrite.com/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)