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Take a ride with Ted

Posted by: TNT in News
09
Feb

This is a pretty cool vid of one of the most dynamic skiers on the planet, not to mention one of the fastest speed skiers too. A lap down Beaver Creek’s downhill course, “Birds of Prey” , prior this weekend’s 2015 World Championships. Btw, Ted Lidety took a bronze in the men’s “Alpine Combinded” yesterday (2/8/15, the second video below is his slalom run).

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Below is the gold medal slalom lap (of the Alpine Combinded) by Marcel Hirscher, who on a side note, was 31st fastest in the DH part or the “Alpine Combinded”.

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07
Feb

If you’re anywhere close the Cascade Range right now, you know it’s super wet, down right HOT and a lot of us thinking, it’s time to get the heck out of Dodge. The one nice thing we do have in our zone is more Glaciers than anywhere in the lower 48 and it’s snowing on most of them right now. Thinking early next week could provide some nice skiing with not too long of a drive to Mt. Rainier’s Paradise parking lot (for most of us at the Crest or to the West). Below is a yet another outing showing what can be had with some work, all captured on “film” by Carl Simpson of he and his wife (Tara) getting a little “fresh” snow “Between the Sheets & Above the Rain” this past Tuesday (2/3/15).

 

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06
Feb

SnoSk8s are quite popular in the PNW, having many friends that can BIG mountain ride them. I should say, NOW they can ride the BIG mountains, as I can remember a bunch of friends taking it up years ago, when it was fresh, making comments like,” Snowskates (snosk8s) make a little mountain, BIG, but fast forward almost a decade (I think) and these guys are taking them to new heights (as they and the Sk8s evolved). Onto the vid below, not sure what the backstory might have been, or their knowledge in the bc, but as you can see, the tension was high… I’m sure for the Skater too, remembering that SnoSk8s make a small mountain much bigger ( making the nice sized sluff, to the sk8er, feel as if he were on a 2,000′ face in AK, being chased down by a monster). “Live to Ski Another Day!”

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06
Feb

 width=This is the “Final Chapter of Jeff Rich, Adam Roberts, Tim Black and Jason Hummel’s recent trip to the very snowy island of Hokkaido, Japan. Once agin, their timing was perfect (on wk #3), catching the backcountry of Kiroro and Rustsu ski areas in the hella DEEP, along with some great eye candy on Mount Yotei’s ski tour. Be sure to check out Jeff’s final edit of, what sure looked like to me, the TRIP of a lifetime. Also, be sure to visit Jason Hummel’s site @ Alpine State of Mind to see all of his amazing shots from this trip.

 

above:skier/ Adam Roberts, photo credit / Jason Hummel / Alpine State of Mind
Jeff Rich’s video below

 

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05
Feb

The West slopes of the Washington Cascades is in for a very wet next few days. At higher elevations above 6000ft, the National Weather Service is forecasting by Sunday morning: 26″-48″ for Mt. Rainier and 34″-52″ in the Mt. Baker zone. Deep skiing like in the photo to the left is what we’re used to in late January and February. Fingers crossed that the snow level will lower but right now, it’s not looking like it – still there’s going to be snow – finally! If you’re planning to head into the backcountry for new snow, be sure to check the avalanche forecast at www.nwac.us. Live to ski another day! And don’t forget today is NWAC’s Snowball Fundraiser.

Mt. Rainier Forecast @6500' (2/5/2015)


Mt. Baker forecast @6000' (2/5/2015)

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04
Feb

 width=Take a look at the well thought out, Instinden backpack. Below are a few words from Bergans of Norway in regards to the “Istinden” backpack(s) (18L, 26L & 34L).

 

Istinden 26 L is an innovative and stylish ski touring pack. It employs a secure solution for diagonal ski carrying on the way up and quick and simple access to avalanche safety equipment via an external pocket on the way down. It also has an athletic design that makes it an excellent fit even when you’re making a fast turn.
Istinden is part of Bergans’ Slingsby range, which consists of ski touring and mountaineering products in which superior functionality, low weight and premium durability are perfectly balanced. Slingsby provides exactly what’s needed with nothing surplus to requirements!


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04
Feb

 width= Alright, as I’m posting this “Spring Like” video of Tara and Carl Simpsons’ latest adventure to Mt. Rainier, the “Spring Like” weather continues ( Spring=Variable ), as there is fresh snow to be had today, in the same zones featured in the vid below. However, just like Spring, it will be quite different before you know it (and you will see shots of Carl in a t-shirt, just like to one to the left), so get after the small dose of fresh in the high country, while the gettin’ is good.

 

photo credit / Tara Simpson, skier / Carl Simpson

 

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03
Feb

You may remember the gnarly unstable slope Julien Lopez found himself on a while back where he narrowly escaped death (if not, take a quick look below before watching today’s FWT incident).



Below are a few words from the Freeride World Tour in regards to today’s incident involving Julien Lopez (as he was hiking back up to grab his lost ski).


After the decision to stop the competition in Kappl / Austria, we thought we would catch up with Julien Lopez and the mountain guides to try to understand what happened and how Julien is doing after his scare. In this episode of the FWT Journal you will hear that “risk zero” does not exist and that no matter how many safety measure you take, and the tour organizers go above and beyond with this, the danger of avalanche is always very real in the mountains. Food for thoughts! Stay safe out there…


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03
Feb

 width= They didn’t need a groundhog in Whitefish Montana, to tell them wax the boards, the locals of Whitefish Mountain Resort, MT have Eric (aka Tyme Masheen) and Big Dave to report the conditions just around the corner, not to mention there fantastic job of reporting the daily conditions on the mountain. Awesome job guys! Also, want to give a shout out to another friend, Craig Moore of GlacierWorld.com (featured in the 2/2/15 vid below as Eric’s video victim) who takes epic shots year round in this amazing part of our beautiful country.

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02
Feb

 width=Great look and waterproof. Below are a few words from Bergans of Norway in regards to the “Storen” jacket

 

Light and uncompromising 3-layer shell jacket made from Dermizax®NX material for maximum weather protection, outstanding breathability and maximum freedom of movement. Storen is part of Bergans’ Slingsby range, which consists of ski touring and mountaineering products in which superior functionality, low weight and premium durability are perfectly balanced. Slingsby provides exactly what’s needed with nothing surplus to requirements!

 


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