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01
Nov


Loveland Opened Today 11/1/14


Colorado ski lifts are running today! Both Arapahoe Basin (which opened for the season on 10/17) and Loveland are open for skiing and riding on 18″ of machine made snow. The race to host Opening Day is one of the highlights of the ski season, a title often held by Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin or Loveland Ski Area. Both resorts are perched atop the Continental Divide, giving them higher elevations, earlier frosts, and colder temperatures. This also allows them to stay open long into the spring. A-Basin and Loveland are part of the 2014/15 Colorado Gems Card program together with Arapahoe Basin, Eldora Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn Resort, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch, and Sunlight Mountain Resort. The Gems Card, which costs just $20, features two-for-one lift tickets and exclusive Flash Deal promotions. Each Gems Card is good for one use per Gems resort, per season, and only a limited number of Gems Cards are available for sale.

The Colorado Gems program is presented by Icelantic Skis; a Colorado-based ski manufacturer that brings art, adventure, creativity, passion, and innovation to their handmade skis.

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30
Oct


source: Chris Davenport


Chris Davenport, is not just a two time World Extreme Skiing Champion and film ski-lebrity. As “Faces of Dav“, a new Red Bull eight part web series, reveals, he is a big mountain legend who continues to push the limits of athletic greatness and a savvy businessman/part owner of Kastle skis who understands that a legend is a product of hard work and not glory. Above all, he is a family man and a friend (who, despite his crazy busy schedule, somehow always manages to find time for us Snow Troopers -here’s our earlier post after we skied with him in CO.) Watch him in action in “Faces of Dav. After you get to know him as the mountaineer, adventurer, engineer, father, guide, etc., we think you’ll come to understand why we think he’s one of our generation’s most legendary big mountain skiers. The player did not embed properly, so here’s a link to Red Bull





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29
Oct

 width= Hope the title didn’t throw you off, because the powder was not chowder, as the powder skiing took place in one of my very favorite early and late season zones, Chowder Ridge. A zone that isn’t too easily accessed for different reasons at different times of the year (gates, skeeters, fallen trees ect..). Wish I could have synced up with Jeff Rich and Adam Roberts for this fun looking day, that happened this past Monday (10/27/14). Be sure to check out the short edit Jeff Rich put together of a good early PNW non-volcano ski. Photo credit above by Adam Roberts, skier/Jeff Rich.

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28
Oct

 width= Lot’s of new things happening up here on Snoqualmie Pass for the 2014/2015 ski season, but my favorite would be a brand new chair on our home base mountain, Summit East. Yesterday was a heli day, pouring concrete down the line for tower pads, along with a new ski patrol shack at the top terminal. Really cool that the Summit at Snoqualmie reached out to local owner/operator Ron Cline (fellow Summit as Snoqualmie snowboarder) of Central Valley Helicopters , to get the hard to reach areas completed. On a side note about CVH, they offer many services from fire fighting, spraying, sight seeing, and even plucking snowmobiles from deep in the mountains, after getting stuck with no other way to extract. As you can see in the video bellow the WHITE CURTAIN is lowering on our Fall running/hiking and last minute tasks… Bring ON the SNOW (in a couple more weeks, giving the crew the time they need to get’er completed ;-) )!

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27
Oct

 width= This last Friday, there were 3 different groups of Snow Troopers hitting 3 different zones here in the Cascades. One group was slaying the goods up in the Baker zone, another posse taking on Rainier and our good friend, Mike Rolfs spent his day with Aidan Ottley farming some fresh powder up on Spider Glacier. BIG day they spent East of the Cascade Crest, but the worked paid off, as you will see in the video below. Thanks for virtual ski tour Mike!
photo credit/Mike Rolfs, skier/Aidan Ottley

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26
Oct

Winter storm warning in effect for our Washington mountains for elevations above 3500 ft – fast forward to winter. HERE WE GO!!! Here’s the full text from the National Weather Service: WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET FOR HEAVY SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON. * HAZARD TYPE…HEAVY SNOW. * SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…HURRICANE RIDGE…MOUNT BAKER SKI AREA… STEVENS PASS…PARADISE…WHITE PASS. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…4 INCHES AT STEVENS PASS…WHITE PASS…AND HURRICANE RIDGE. 4-8 INCHES AT MOUNT BAKER SKI AREA AND PARADISE. * TIMING…SNOW SHOWERS WILL OCCUR TODAY THEN TAPER THIS EVENING. * IMPACTS…THIS IS THE FIRST EVENT OF THE SEASON THAT WILL BRING SNOW TO ELEVATIONS AS LOW AS STEVENS PASS. THE CRITERIA FOR WINTER STORMS IN THE MOUNTAINS IS LOWER FOR THE FIRST EVENT OF THE SEASON…4 INCHES. AT THIS TIME IT APPEARS THAT SNOQUALMIE PASS WILL REMAIN BELOW THE SNOW LEVEL TODAY AND JUST GET RAIN.

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25
Oct

 width= This Summer our friends Connor Eagan and, his splitboard parter and now fiancee, Sara Dyson spent an epic couple of weeks exploring Argentina. Sara and Connor got a ton of adventure on this tirp, along with a little snowriding too! Stoked for you two, may all of your adventures together be EPIC! This trip sure looked fantastic, thanks for the share you guys!

photo credit/Sara Dyson, splitboarder/Connor Eagan

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24
Oct

Western Washington received its 1st snowfall of the season with Alpental reporting today that it amounted to 5″ of new snow up top. Winter is fast approaching and we can’t wait. If you haven’t already, be sure to get the Summit at Snoqualmie season pass at a discount before their deadline of October 31st. In the meantime, meet us tomorrow, Oct. 25th for Roktoberfest at Alpental 6pm-11pm. Click on the image at right for more event info. See ya there!

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21
Oct

Wanted to share this sweet Cliff Jumping edit as we wind down the off-season that gets us to the new round of Cascade fresh snow. H2O baby, we get a lot of up here, I am always thankful for a great cold Winter that gives a little hope to our rapidly shrinking glaciers. Need those ever flowing Cascade glaciers to keep our gardens green and the big cliff huckin’ pools deep! Check it out for a mid-day boost!

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20
Oct

My first big impression of Sweetgrass was four years back with their film “Signatures” where they proved to me you don’t need massive cliffs and/or lines to make an epic film. Then the next time was when, Mt. Baker loc and friend, Zack Giffen made and appearance in the Jungle segment of “Valhalla”. However this next film “Afterglow” has completely blown me away. On top of that I’m proud to say that a couple of Alpental shralpers made the credits in this epic segment, which I can’t wait to see on the BIG screen. Way to go Mark Erickson and Shane Treat, stoked to have some local friends that have worked super hard for years to gain massive knowledge of the mountains and film to progress into a project that brings such a visual bliss to all of the eyeballs wanting it NOW! Also bringing it to those that don’t ski/snowboard, giving them a better understanding of the feeling we get from riding snow! To me, this video best depicts the euphoric feeling one can get from riding a cloud of POWDER! Live to Ski Another Day!

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