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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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01
Oct

Warren Miller’s 63rd feature film “Flow State” begins its tour through our state on Oct. 20th. City tour dates and trailer below. As always, there will be athletes, giveaways, good times and more. See ya there.

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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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24
Sep

Sad news for the mountaineering world: 9 people are confirmed dead following an avalanche that swept through a base camp at Mt. Manaslu this weekend. We reported in an earlier post that Greg Hill and his team are fine as is Glen Plake. However, Glen’s friends Remy Lecluse and Greg Costa were among the missing and presumed dead. Names of the victims were just released -AmFrench nationals Ludo Challeat, Fabrice Priez, Cathrine Ricard and Philippe Bos; Canadian citizen Domique Ouimet; Spanish citizens Marti Gasull; German Cristine Mittermeyer; Italian citizen Alberto Magliano; Nepali citizen Dawa Sherpa. The injured include: Claude Belmsas, Thomas Grenier, Ralf Rieske, Andreas Reiter and Arnaud Manel. They are airlifted to Kathmandu. Our deepest sympathies go out to all family and friends of those lost. We feel the void left by those lost in the mountaineering, skiing world. Below is video from the scene of the rescue.


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23
Sep

A huge avalanche swept through a Mount Manaslu Base Camp at 6300m where Glen Plake, Remy Lecluse and Greg Costa were staying. Glen Plake called Trey Cook, editor of EpicTV (who has been covering the trip) to report: “I’m OK, a bit beat up; missing some teeth and a bruised eye but write in big capital letters, GLEN PLAKE IS ALIVE AND HE’S COMING HOME.” Remy and Greg, however, are still missing along with others. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all. Glen’s account of the incident to Trey follows below. “It was a major, major accident. There are up to 14 people missing. There were 25 tents at Camp 3 [6800m] and all of them were destroyed, 12 tents at Camp 2 [6300m] were banged up and moved around. Greg and I were in a tent together, Rémy was in another. It was 4:45a and I was in my sleeping bag with my headlamp on reading my devotional when we heard a roar. Greg looked at me and said, “That was a big gust of wind,” then a second later, “No, that was an avalanche.” Then it hit us. I was swept 300 meters over a serac and down the mountain and came to a stop still in my sleeping bag, still inside the tent, still with my headlamp on. We all went to sleep with avalanche transceivers on so I punched my way out of the tent and started searching. I searched for 10 minutes before I realized I was barefoot in the snow. Greg had been using my down suit for a pillow and I found my suit, I found everything that was in my tent – camera, sleeping bag, ski boots. It was like someone had thrown my gear in the back of a pickup – but there was no sign of Greg. Rémy and his tent are nowhere to be found. The Dynafit crew [Canadian skier Greg Hill's team] were sleeping at a high Camp 2 and were immediately on site to rescue people. Sergio, Stephane, Doji our Sherpa – all strong alpinists – have all come up to search. We’ve done three searches but when the fog rolled in we had to call it off. It was a massive serac fall, probably 600 to 700 meters across. It’s a war zone up here.” Greg Hill and his team are all ok. Mount Manaslu is the 8th highest mountain in the world and is located in the Nepalese Himalayas. Glen Plake, Greg Hill and Eric Hjorleifson have been among the big mountain skiers and mountaineers attempting to summit and ski above 20,000 feet this summer. Glen, Remy and Greg Costa were hoping to reach the 26,759-foot summit of Manaslu Friday or Saturday to become the first to ski the world’s eighth highest peak without oxygen.

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23
Sep

Thomas Greenall who lives in Chamonix, France – home to true bad ass big mountain skiers like Glen Plake and more – sent us a video of a “few turns” in the Aiguille Du Midi in Chamonix, France yesterday, Sept. 21, 2012. This peak is known for the highest vertical ascending cable car in the world, the Téléphérique de l’Aiguille du Midi. It rises from 1,035m to 3,842m or a whopping 8,421 feet. Here’s what Thomas had to say about his day:

I took first lift of the morning up the Aiguille Du Midi – in winter this lift has the highest lift served vertical in the world, in Summer it’s an alpinists paridise, you step out the door onto the glacier. My morning involved a short walk down a knife edge snow/ice ridge to a wider are where I put on my skis. A 1000ft decent of slightly windcrusted, but virgin snow, with a few holes (crevasses) to avoid. Skins on skis and trek back up to where I put my skis on. Skis swap for crampons and slog back up the ridge to the lift station, all part of the mornings fun.  wink


A few quick turns from Tom Greenall on Vimeo.

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22
Sep

Spread the word: Powderwhore Productions’ 8th annual ski movie, “Choose Your Adventure” is coming to the Pacific NW starting with a FREE 7pm screening in Spokane Valley on Fri., Oct. 5th hosted by Mountain Gear at 6021 E Mansfield. The film then heads to numerous WA, OR locations listed below. Check out the dates, killer trailer and plan ahead to see this fun film which features an array of characters from salty backcountry veterans to some of the top skiers and snowboarders, including our friend Chris Davenport, Jake Sakson, Andrew McLean, Seth Wescott, Dylan Freed, Noah Howell, Matt Reardon, Drew Stoecklein, Forrest Coots, Ian Provo, Neil Provo, Chuck Mumford, Darrell Finlayson, Bob Athey, PY Leblanc, Jason Thompson, Todd Stuart and Hugo Harrison. The Powderwhore crew traveled to Cerro Castillo, Chile, La Grave, Norway, Mt. Foraker, Alaska, the Wasatch Mountains and more in search of people with real stories and ski objectives and captured their actions and motivation for heading into the mountains, creating more of an authentic experience. This movie is such a mixed bag of characters, exotic locations and action that they wanted to get that point across with the title. You really can’t guess what’s coming next in this film, like the Choose Your Own Adventure book series we enjoyed growing up with –they go from exploring an abandoned mining town in the Arctic, dropping clifs with Hugo Harrison in British Columbia to plunging into the Antarctic Sea in speedos, blasting through deep powder and more. We hope to see you there.

 

-8pm Sat., Oct. 6th -Backcountry Essentials, 214 W. Holly St., Bellingham. Get Tickets Now for $10, $12 night of the show. Raffle to benefit Avalanche Safety Awareness Program

-4pm Sun., Oct. 7th -North Bend Theater, 125 Bendigo Blvd. N., North Bend. Buy Tickets Now for $12, $15 at the door. Raffle to benefit NWAC. FREE beer from Snoqualmie Brewery and Tap Room.

-7pm Mon., Oct. 8th -Dog River Coffee, 411 Oak Street, Hood River. $10. Raffle ticket with admission.

-8pm Tues. & Wed., Oct. 9 & 10th  -The Mountaineers, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Buy Tickets Now for $12, $15 at the door – this is a fundraiser for NWAC. Beer compliments of Big Sky Brewery.

-7:30pm Thurs., Oct. 18th -Liberty Theatre, 315 NE 4th Ave., Camas $8.

-7pm (all ages) & 9pm  (21+) Thurs., Oct. 11th -McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland. Get tickets now for $12, $15 at the door. Fundraiser for Snowrider.

The show goes onto Eugene, Bend and Ashland from there.

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21
Sep

Last August, we reported on a trip up Mt. Rainier with Scott Daggatt, one of the original Nike athletes from back in the Bill Bowerman (Nike co-founder)/Oregon Track and Field days. Well, tonight he’s being inducted into U. of Oregon’s 21st Athletics Hall of Fame class tonight. He’s joining an elite group that will include other members of three men’s cross country teams that captured NCAA championships in 1971, 1973 and ’74, 1994 football MVP Chad Cota (1991-94), quarter-back and Heisman Trophy finalist Joey Harrington (1998-2001), Nike co-founder Philip Knight (1955-59), men’s basketball All-American Hugh Latham (1921-24), and softball All-American Kim Manning Strahm (1989-92). In 1973, Scott became the 62nd US athlete to run a sub four minute mile and since that day less than 300 other Americans have joined him in the record books. You can watch them being introduced during half-time at the Ducks’ Pac-12 conference-opening home football game vs. Arizona Wildcats tomorrow, Sept. 22. Congratulations to Scott and all Hall of Fame Inductees! We look forward to our next trip up Mt. Rainier together (and we’ll lighten our load so we can keep up). In the meantime, below is the video from that trip.


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20
Sep

Moment Skis will be hosting a FREE double feature screening party this Sat., Sept. 22nd at 8pm at their Moment Skis Factory, 1060 Marietta Way, Sparks, NV. Level 1’s “Sunny” and Toy Soldiers’ “Act Natural” will be showing -Plus giveaways, promos, good times, and free beer for the 21+ crowd- can’t beat that deal! Better get there early…If you’re stuck in our zone, you can catch “Sunny” in Seattle at The Crocodile on Thurs., Oct. 4th and in Spokane at the Bing Crosby Theatre on Thurs., Oct. 11th. In addition to having big screen ski action from, among other places, our own Stevens Pass, Crystal Mountain and Mt. Hood, “Sunny” recently won two 2012 International Freeski Film Festival (iF3) Awards in Montreal, QC for ‘Best North American Film’ and ‘Best Editing’. Plus, Rossi athlete Parker White won ‘Best Male Performance’ for his segment in the film. Congrats to the Level 1 crew and Parker White! Be sure to catch him and 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 in “Sunny”. Toy Soldiers’ iF3 award winning “Act Natural” was also shot in part in Washington, Idaho and Montana. It features Shay Lee, Brock Paddock, Sandy Boville, Finn Anderson, Karl Fostvedt, Austin Torvinen, Khai Krepela, Dash Kamp, Noah Wallace, Jake Doan, David Steele, Sam Hurst, Will Berman, and Luke Perin. Check out the trailers for both films.



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