The video above is a really cool short edit Mark Erickson put together of some sweet slo mo shots taken of him and Snow Trooper athlete Andy Devore, this past month at Alpental. The entire video is shot at the rate of 240 frames per second… Very cool, CHECK IT! Below is a nice shot Jason Hummel got of Andy Devore at Alpental, around the same time the video above was taken this past February. To check out more of Jason’s work and keep up to date with his travels, like his facebook page Jason Hummel Photography.
So pumped to share this season’s Tiny House adventures. I have been following Zack Giffin’s ski adventures for sometime now, shortly before met Zack at an OR photo shoot, that was happening on Alpental. Days prior to meeting him I had watched some killer “tag team” POV videos he did with one of our good friends, Cole B, big brother Zach B. Since then, Zack Giffin has put together one super solid team which is made up of his long time touring partner Molly Baker, his brother Sam Giffin and now the Provo brothers, Ian and Neil. Again, I am pumped to share their epic adventures starting with Episode 1, where they were spending time with local Mt. Baker rider Ben Price, along with getting snowed in, up at the Mt. Baker ski area parking lot.
The local group of riders out of North Bend, Cascade Crew, is always out getting the goods off of the lifts or taking their sleds up to their secret Cascade hideout. The 4 minute video below is an edit by Jessie Pittis who has been on the mend this season and living through the clips that his brother and bros bring back. Thanks for the edit guys!
The Mountain Collective pass is back again and for the 2013-14 Season, they’ve added a few new resorts to the mix. The pass now includes 2 days at each of Aspen Snowmass, Alta/Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Squaw/Alpine Meadows and Whistler and 50% off additionals days with no blackouts. If you like skiing and riding in Colorado, California, Utah and British Columbia (and who doesn’t?), this pass might be the right ticket for you. It’s on sale now at its lowest price of $349 for adults – compare that to $956, the cost of buying a 2 day pass separately at each resort during the regular season (based on this season’s advance purchase rates).
2 day pass – Regular Season Advance Purchase Price
Squaw, Alpine Meadows
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Pretty stoked for this one our friend, Jackson Dove, sent in of some great dayz on Snoqualmie Pass this past month. Jackson likes to earn his big mountain turns for the epic ride, but as you will see in this vid, he spends a lot of time with the homies in the Alpental Elevator gate zone. Thanks for the awesome POV stoke, I’m sure wanting another big dose of snow, ASAP! I say ASAP, because it’s currently looking a little grim here on Snoqualmie Pass (except for our 170 inch base at 5,400′).
Colin Lantz of La Sportiva gave us a preview of their new men’s Spectre and women’s Sparkle alpine touring boots for next season. These well designed boots have several features you’ll want to check out in this video. But the first thing to get our attention (besides how nice they look) was the weight: these are the lightest 4 buckle AT boots on the market. Then there’s the new buckle design and dual density full vibram sole. The boots will be available in the fall for msrp $599 in sizes 26-31 for men and for women, 23-26.5.
Our friends over at WSDOT will begin work on reopening the North Cascades Highway SR 20 on Mar. 25th, just after the first day of spring. But unlike past years, state officials are optimistic that the could be open before the first of May this year, which hasn’t happened since 2010. On Tuesday, Washington State Department of Transportation avalanche-control specialists Mike Stanford and Harlan Sheppard ventured up and over the North Cascades on snowmobiles from the Early Winters information center to Rainy Pass. Along the way they stopped to measure snow depths at more than two dozen avalanche chutes and other sites. “There’s still more winter coming- I expect we’ll have more snow by the end of March,” said Stanford. “But we found much less than we had at this time the past two years- and at some locations, almost half as much.” Snow depths at the summit of Washington Pass measured about 5 feet compared to 7.5 feet last year, while snow was 5.5 feet deep at Rainy Pass compared to 8 feet last year. Snow piles in the Liberty Bell avalanche zone ranged from 25 to almost 40 feet compared to 35 to nearly 60 feet in 2012. WSDOT closed the highway for the winter last November 20. WSDOT typically is able to reopen the roadway early the following May, depending on conditions. The earliest recorded opening was March 10, 2005. Under drought conditions in 1976, it remained open all winter. Due to avalanches in 2011, WSDOT couldn’t begin clearing the road until April 11 and didn’t reopen it until May 25. Last year, work started March 26 and WSDOT reopened the highway May 10.
This past Feb. 18th, Andy Traslin found himself high above Wedgemount Lake on Mt. Cook wanting a great ski with good visibility, but found a great ski that was quite socked in with clouds. Making sense of his 30 second vid(below) where they had a little vis on top, but soon turned to a white out. This is a wickedly beautiful zone and if you have been on the site for a while, then I’m sure you have seen some of the Traslin brothers’ adventures in the Whistler/Pemberton area of goodness.
My next and final stop on the POW’daho 2013 tour was Brundage Mountain, an hour North of Tamarack and <20min. from the town of McCall. 17" dropped on Brundage in the days before I arrived. This was going to be a deep day. However, after 10 days of skiing and long distance driving, my back was hurting big time- I needed Brundage to live up to its tagline of "the best snow in Idaho" if I was to make it through the day. I was somewhat skeptical after hearing its slopes are West facing. Just in case, I told my Brundage contact, Jared Montague, that I might not last but for a few runs. I obviously wasn't thinking: this is the Northern Rockies, not the WA Cascades. Surely the last few days of POW'daho proved that these ID resorts get the driest, lightest snow in the state comparable to UT and CO. Lucky for Brundage, its West facing aspect on the western front of the Northern Rockies puts it first in the Western Central ID mountains to greet a Pacific storm front. Thus, more snow at Brundage than its neighbors to the East and South. Brundage is so confident of its snow quality that it offers a "Snow Check Guarantee" (you have an hour to return a lift ticket and get a Snow Check for another day).
My first run with Jared made me both nervous and excited. Nervous because: The guy rips! Keeping up with him, sore back and all, was going to be a challenge. Excited because of the snow – WOW: It was cold smoke, UT light and dry. We ventured into deeper, untracked snow -found everywhere on the mountain (so, ok, this is better than UT where we’ve seen mountains tracked out in a few hours tops). My back was feeling better. This was the kind of powder that, face shot after face shot, blows off the goggles like dust in the wind. I was in paradise – again. We had so much fun skiing untracked snow within the 1,500 acres of lift served and 1,800 vertical that I forgot about its 17,000 acres of guided backcountry -so more on that in a later post. In the meantime, I was way stoked to be skiing the best snow in Idaho, with such an awesome skier. Brundage’s April Russell, another amazing skier, joined us end of day as the snow continued to stack up. We pretty much had the mountain all to ourselves. POW’daho rocks! Check out the video for yourself and be sure to put Brundage Mountain on your hit list. Nearby McCall has as many hotels and lodges (and nice ones too) as it does blocks so you’ll have no trouble finding a place. It’s a hip little ski town that I hope to spend more time exploring next time I visit – something I truly can’t wait to do. With another 6″ new this week, I wish it could be today.
Brundage Mountain’s 2013/14 season passes are on sale NOW. Get your pass by tomorrow, Mar. 8th, for the lowest prices and ski the rest of the season for only $99. An adult (18-69) pass is only $279 for new pass holders. For more info and to purchase, please visit Brundage Mountain’s website.
Matchstick Productions in conjunction with Red Bull Media House have put together the long-awaited story of “the most influential skier ever” – McCONKEY. Today, they announced its world premiere is set for this April at the world-renowned Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. It is showing as one of their “Spotlight” films, which are described as films that blur the lines between independent and mainstream. There are 21 narratives and 12 documentaries from across the globe showing in this particular section of the festival. Shane McConkey, a freeskiing and ski base jumping pioneer, inspired countless skiers and this new film, “McConkey”, celebrates and pays tribute to his life and achievements. Here’s the trailer – the film’s going to be a jaw dropper for sure.