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28
Oct

Hurricane SANDY Public Advisory Number 27 just issued: SANDY ABOUT TO START ITS NORTHWARD TURN. EXPECTED TO BRING LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE, COASTAL HURRICANE WINDS AND HEAVY APPALACHIAN SNOWS…We hope everyone on the East coast stays safe.

Location: 34.5°N 70.5°W

Max sustained: 75 mph

Moving: NE at 14 mph

Min pressure: 950 mb

NOAA’s snow forecast: SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 3 FEET ARE EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF WEST VIRGINIA…WITH LOCALLY HIGHER TOTALS TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. SNOWFALL OF 1 TO 2 FEET IS EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA TO THE KENTUCKY BORDER… WITH 12 TO 18 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE IN THE MOUNTAINS NEAR THE NORTH CAROLINA/TENNESSEE BORDER AND IN THE MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN MARYLAND.

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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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25
Oct

It’s time for the 13th Annual Mt. Baker Film Festival at the Mt. Baker Theatre, 104 N Commercial St, Bellingham, WA. Doors open @ 6pm, films start @ 7pm. Show your 2012-13 Mt. Baker Season Pass and get in FREE from 6-7pm while seats are available. This is a fun event featuring winter sports clips from international and local filmers – some of whom you might know. All ages after party at Mt. Baker Theatre with live music from Chico’s Paradise. Beer & wine available for 21 +.  Show up early so you have time to check out the newest goods from local ski/board shop vendors and play for a chance to win a 2012-13 Mt. Baker season pass.  Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets available at the Mt. Baker Ski Area Business Office or Mt. Baker Theatre.

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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

Squaw Valley resort has just announced that with over 28″ of new snow, they will be celebrating this early snow by opening for skiing and riding for a special one day event on Thurs., October 25 from 10am-2pm. For a $20 donation, you can make your first turns of the season at their Welcome Winter Fundraiser for the Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Teams Foundation. Join them in supporting their kids programs and have a good time doing it. Searchlight, the bottom half of the Exhibition lift, will open for skiing and riding from 10am-2pm. All proceeds will support the new foundation dedicated to supporting young amateur athletes participating in a Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows competitive or non-competitive ski or snowboard team. Purchase your ticket at the Guest Services & Sales Center. Must have a ticket dated 10/25/12 in order to ski and snowboard.

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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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22
Oct

Our mountain resorts are looking amazingly white for October. Crystal Mountain is reporting 4-6″ at the base and 8″+ at the summit today and it’s still coming down. They are saying “We need at least 2 feet to open”. Stevens Pass said they need a few feet (and previously scheduled their opening for 11/21). The National Weather Service is forecasting that this lingering cold storm system over the Pacific NW could drop another 11″ by Thurs. at or near both base areas. And while the snow accumulation forecast stops there, we see that NWS shows more precip beyond that. Maybe we’ll see close to 2 ft by next weekend? Who will win the race to open earlier? All these snowy webcam images and now, Crystal’s new resort video celebrating their 50 yrs, have us chomping at the bit to get going. So we hope they both open early! P.S. Mt. Baker received 10″ at White Salmon over the weekend and over a foot up top and Summit at Snoqualmie reports 5″ new snow. Get your season passes before rates go up.

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22
Oct

After last season’s disappointing snow, we are absolutely thrilled!!! to see Tahoe reporting over a foot of snow with more on the way. Hello winter! Alpine Meadows received 14 inches at the summit and Squaw received up to 12 inches at el. 8200 since last night. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 5am Tuesday morning with up to 2 feet by then. Don’t forget Squaw Valley is scheduled to open November 21 and Alpine Meadows is scheduled to open December 7, conditions permitting.

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22
Oct

Marker Völkl USA, a distributor of Völkl skis and Marker bindings, officially announced the 2012/13 Men’s Freeskiing Team today with the re-signings of Ian McIntosh and Nick Goepper, and the addition of Matt Margetts. Ian McIntosh is considered to be one of the best Big Mountain skiers in the world. The Pemberton, BC, native has starred in the last several ski films by Teton Gravity Research. The 2011 Powder Magazine Video Award Winner sat out most of last season with a serious injury, but is healthy and ready to charge this season. Nick Goepper is an 18 year-old that took the Slopestyle world by surprise last season. The Indiana native won a Dew Tour event, a Silver Medal at X Games, and found himself on 9 major podiums last season. The Association of Freeskiing Professionals currently ranks him second in the world in Slopestyle. “I’m more than excited to be a part of the Völkl family through the upcoming Winter Olympics,” said Goepper, “The technology, camaraderie, and support I receive are awesome. I’m stoked to be a part of a brand that is a leader in the park skiing movement.” Matt Margetts is Halfpipe skier who also has an eye on X Games and the 2014 Winter Olympics. “We finally sealed the deal!” said Margetts, “I’m very excited to be supported by a company that believes in me and my potential. I’m really stoked on the way the skis perform and I am so excited to start this new chapter in my ski career. It is going to be a busy contest season and hopefully you’ll see me on the podium.” Ian, Nick and Matt join the other great skiers on the Marker-Völkl Men’s roster: Ahmet Dadali, Dylan Hood, Dash Longe, Dan Marion, Matt Philippi, and Ty Peterson. “I’m really stoked with our team,” said Chris Adams, Marker-Völkl’s Team Manager, “We have the most well rounded team out there. We have great Big Mtn. skiers, great video skiers, a new top shelf Halfpipe skier and the #2 Slopestyle skier in the world. Most importantly, they are all great guys that make my job awesome.” More information on all Marker-Völkl skiers can be found at www.volkl.com and using the Marker logo link to on our page.

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21
Oct

In case you missed it this past week, a woman who had been in accidents with deer on the freeway expressed her frustration with deer crossing signs in a call to a radio station. Listen to the call as the woman identifying herself as Donna implicates the signs, not the chickens’ day off, in her answer to the classic riddle: “why did the deer cross the road?” Try not to laugh too hard. Imagine the result if folks interpreted the “cliff” sign pictured here in her way.

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