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26
Oct

Our friend Dorian Densmore, out of Grand Targhee, WY, spent his Summer way down South in Argentina chasing the endless Winter and sweet lines.

 

 

On August 7th, He, Alejo Sanchez, and Jordi Tenas all got their rocks off getting into this no named chute in the Las Lenas zone. Once they had reached the snow (in the chute), the end of the adrenaline rush was still a long, narrow, steep way below. Check out the video below for a quick mid day office cubical break/rush.

 


 

Alejo Sanchez down climbing into the chute.

 



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24
Oct

We were just up on Paradise Glacier a couple of weeks ago on 10/11/12, a lucky day for eye candy, but it included a nasty ski in on the last of this Fall’s dirty snow wishing it were a day like the video attached below. Here’s another great edit from Carl Simpson (backed to his own music, Perseus Arm) of a trip to Camp Muir, w/ Jeff Rich and company. This video is the first 2012/2013 NW cold smoke shots on our site, not to mention the first National Park Jibbing shots too… Check it!



Camp Muir on 10/17/12

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23
Oct

One of our good friends, Jacob Mandell, sent this 2011/2012 season edit to pump up the Winter stoke a notch. Jacob, Andrew, Ben, Cory, Patrick and a few other Western Washington students have been taking advantage of their school’s location and slaying the Mt. Baker/Mt. Shuksan zones this past season. I have watched these guys grow from 4 thousand foot days to 8 thousand foot days, and should get some excellent BIG trips on video this Winter. Sit back with your morning cup of joe and check out Jacob’s season recap.


Jacob heading up on his split board, chasing the fresh!


***WARNING PARENTS***, this video contains a few muffled f-bombs in the first 20 seconds. We try to keep the site very clean, but this one I was going to let slide because it shows their uncontrollable excitement of the sport that makes us feel so free!

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08
Oct

Andrew Eckels and company were out getting after it on Mt. Baker this past September 30th, 2012. Below is a video and a short report of their last adventure.



A Facebook post about skiing under the full moon and Pat and Ben’s lack of September turns inspired a trip to the Coleman Glacier on Mt Baker. I tried to sell Ben and Pat on skiing under the full moon on Heliotrope while hanging out with my friends Heather and Georgia. They are new to summer skiing, and didn’t have the gear to go to the summit of Baker, but they were stoked as hell on the idea of skiing under the moon, and asked to join. Plenty of detours and last minute packing put us at trailhead at 1 in the morning, where we woke up Pat and Ben. We hiked through the moonlit woods relishing the mystical night scenery, and made it to snow by 3 in the morning. The snow was hard and we were tired, so we went to bed right on the trail. Pat and Ben woke us up at 8 and we leisurely made our way up to the top of Heliotrope, giving the snow time to soften.




After an hour of soaking in the views and hanging out, Ben, Pat and I set off for the summit, while Heather and Georgia, hung out waiting for the sun cups to ripen. We wore harnesses and had a rope, but the snow was so firm, and the route so clear and lacking significant snow bridges that we never pulled it out.



By the time we got to the Col at 9000 ft a lenticular cloud had engulfed the summit in a white out with high winds. This was the third time this exact scenario played out for us in a year. We decided to turn around and not risk having to navigate the glacier in a white out. The skiing was great for September. We were back at Heliotrope in no time and ended up meeting Heather and Georgia at the bottom. After a leisurely transition we all walked out and made it to the car just before dark, and celebrated with a meal at chair 9.

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04
Oct

First snow that was visible from Sanpoint, Idaho was actually above the sweet little town of Hope, Idaho. The peaks of the Cabinet Mountains that tower above Hope, received apx. 2″ of new snow two nights ago. Getting pumped for the new season, I had to take the pups for a long walk up towards Round Top Mountain, which happened to be our last two “Idaho” ski days this past June. Access can be gained from fs. trail 444 located just 1 mile past the hope cemetery, however the trail can only be traveled by atv’s. So if you’re looking for easy early season or late ski season car access, head to Clark Fork, ID and take Lightning Creek rd( see original post HERE).


Looking down on Lake Pend Oreille from the NW face of Round Top Mountain.


If you look at a topo map of this zone(or see the video thumbnail at very bottom of post) you will clearly see why this might be the best ski zone in all of Northern, Idaho. Not only is their huge relief but also a huge lake effect. Lake Pend Oreille’s 60+ mile stretch of open water allows the storms coming in from the West Coast funnel right between the Monacrh Mountains & the foothills of Sagle, slamming right into the Cabinets. This effect is also very evident by the vegetation in the Cabinets (looking much more lush like the West slopes of the Cascades) vs. the vegetation in the Selkirk foothills, where Schweitzer calls home (looking more like the East slopes of the Cascades, with mostly jack and ponderosa pine trees). If you ever were to move into the Sanpoint area and happen to spend all your free time alpine touring, I would recommend Hope, Idaho & a sled or two. Also, “Hope, Idaho” has a funny kind of ring, when you say it out loud.




After 3 hours of walking in a Fall snow storm the weather cleared a little.


A look back at our second to last ski day on Round Top Mountain this past June.

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27
Sep

This past September 20th, Trooper dog and myself headed up into the mighty Mt. Baker zone for the Cougar Divide trail head in our trusty Dodge AWD Caravan. Cougar Divide is one of my favorite ridge walks that is located 12 miles or so up the Wells Creek rd off of the Mt. Baker State Hwy 542. Note: Apx 3/4 of a mile down Wells Creek road be sure to stop at the Nooksack Falls for a few pics. We would be meeting up w/ Andrew Eckels and Patrick Longley later that night for an early morning walk


Cup of joe and some fire weed?


on the Cougar Divide w/ Hadley Peak in my sights and the boyz w/ their focus on the Sholes Glacier (a good push beyond Hadley Peak). I have been away from home for a few weeks, so I was extremely stoked to be back in our Cascade paradise not to mention the great weather, eye candy and excellent company to complete my 108th month consecutive skiing.


Cougar and Skyline Divides as seen from 1/2 way up Hadley Glacier.


Climbing w/ two young ultra athletes makes for some nice long lunches alone w/ Trooper dog enjoying a live ski show a mile or two away. Be sure to check out Andrew and Patrick’s HUGE day, all wrapped up in the short video below.

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26
Sep

Here’s a quick taste of some Kiwi snow from earlier this week, brought to us by our good friend Jared Scholz. Jared is living the dream, missing out on Summer now for TWO entire years! AWESOME!!! Jared is one of the main people who put the Summit at Snoqualmie’s park scene on the map by designing and building some of the sweetest features out there to ride. I happen to not be into the whole park scene too much, but I do spend a littletime in there filming some of the bro’s huckin’ their meat in a BIG way! If you are a park rider, be sure to put the Summit on your hit list, but be sure to hit our natural park at Alpental on the same trip too… You will be amazed! But alway remember… Live to ski another day!

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05
Sep

On Sept. 5th, I was lucky enough to catch Larry and His Flask performing live at the Fall Festival which happens every Labor day in Sandpoint, ID. When I had heard one of our favorite bands ( that we use to back a lot of our video trip reports ) was in the same zone, my holiday plans immediately changed. I though it was a must to film the show for all you Snow Troopers to enjoy as well! Here’s their opening song, “No Life” from the album All that We Know. Enjoy and check our fb page for more music vids.


Larry and His Flask, Land of the F(r)ee 2012.09.03 Sandpoint, ID from The Snow Troopers on Vimeo.

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26
Aug

This past August 16th I headed out solo to ski off Ruth Mountain and video Andrew Eckels, Ben Gregory, and Woods skiing off Icy Peak. Below is what Andrew had to say about their BIG adventure.


Ben and I left Seattle Wednesday night to get our August turns, planning on checking out Ruth mountain and Icy peak with our friend Woods. We got to Woods’s place in Glacier after midnight, and decided to go sleep at the trailhead so we could get an early start. Once we got there, all of us were amazed by how bright and beautiful the stars were. Woods proposed that we should stay up and hike through the night, and get to the Ruth arm for sunrise. Ben and I were sold, so we took off, enjoying views of silhouettes of mountains beneath the milky way. We climbed the steep goat trail just beyond Hannegan pass in the pre dawn light and enjoyed one of the best sunrises I’ve ever seen.



After a four hour nap we were on our way again towards the summit of Ruth. Once there we discovered that the way down would not be as easy as we had hoped. We skied the east slopes down to a chute that we thought was the only way to Icy (turns out Fred Becky recommends traversing beneath the west side of Ruth).


Mt. Shuksan as seen from Ruth Mtn. Mt. Baker Ski Area and Table Mtn. )far right/center).


We decided we might as well try down climbing it, and while it was very careful work, that got the heart going, it was within all of our comfort zones. From there the route was easy to Icy. We stopped short of the summit, because the nice face that looked awesome to ski, was terribly exposed, and we didn’t have crampons or axes. From our highpoint we skied the best run of the day, enjoying a beautiful line with small soft sun cups, and didn’t stop until we got to the bottom.


Icy Peak as seen from Ruth Mountain


On our way back, climbing the chute took some time, but Ben kicked awesome steps, and the up climbing was easy. We made it back to the car just after dark, stoked, satisfied, and tired.

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23
Aug

Below is the video from August 15th that goes along with yesterday’s post (8/22/12). Check it out to see how great the backcountry skiing is in August in this zone. If you haven’t visited the area before during the summer, plan on several days. Even with a week, we didn’t have enough time to get into all the other activities like whitewater rafting, kayaking, fishing and biking, much less hit the other side of the park: Mt. Baker ski area and its backcountry are just a small part of the North Cascades National Park. For snow lovers, the Park boasts 316 glaciers and countless snowfields – it’s the most heavily glaciated area in the U.S. outside of Alaska and one of the snowiest places on earth. It also happens to be the 2nd most bio diverse park in the nation with some of the true remaining wilderness areas in the world today. Yeah, we love it here. Mt. Baker also is one of the many places in WA where you can ski and hit the beach in the same day (and catch wild salmon or pick shellfish). Nearby city of Bellingham’s just under an hour away and the ferry to the San Juan Islands, 1.5 hrs. Add those to the list of AMAZING lower 48 U.S eye candy vacations. Video can’t capture the vibe this magical zone buzzes with all year long, so visit soon for a great natural NW buzz!!! Check back later for our last day in this zone -out to Mt. Ruth and Icy Peak – truly epic.


video thumbnail is Skyline Divide as seen from Cougar Divide


Walking on Cougar Divide

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