“Howe Sound Quick Hits” is a short video Andy Traslin sent over which captured a February ski day with his brother, Mike.
No other U.S. ski resort destination caters to the refined, high end crowd like Aspen, CO. With 5 star hotels, private jets, celebrities, designer stores, award winning dining, beautiful people and nightlife, Aspen sounded to our team like it might be more exciting off mountain, than on. From town, the team stared up at the impeccably groomed runs. They thought about a leisurely ski day and looked forward to having plenty of energy to rally for Aspen’s big nightlife. But hold that thought because we were about to meet up with 2x World Extreme Skiing Champion and Aspen resident, Chris Davenport and ski “his” Mountain (known to locals as Ajax).
Exiting the gondola towards the Sun Deck Lodge (at an elevation of 11, 212 ft), there’s a display about Chris. Entitled “Skiing Colorado’s Fourteeners“, it’s a tribute to Chris becoming the first to ski all 54 of CO’s 14,000 ft peaks in less than a year. His book “Ski the 14ers” details the 363 day mission. In addition to pioneering big lines, he’s also a World Champion skier. Chris undoubtedly knows every steep line on Ajax. Chris also knows where to find the stashes. We were surprised to find so much untracked in bounds. After all, three days had already passed since early February’s winter storm Kayla. Granted, it dumped more than 3 feet in 3 days during the biggest storm since winter 2007-08, but we had expected 675 acres would be tracked out by now – especially, given how the high speed chairs and gondola made getting to them virtually effortless. This is perhaps the most efficiently designed steep, long mountain: 3,267 ft sustained vert. And without a doubt, it is the most well maintained – grooming and coverage is perfect.
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This past week, Jeff Rich, Tara and Carl Simpson, Jason Hummel, Adam Roberts and myself, packed up two RVs to start making our way for SIA 2016 in Denver. We made our 1st “rest” stop at a super fun mountain based in Idaho with terrain that extends into Montana. Nothing trumps a lift served, skiable border crossing. The mountain I’m speaking of is Lookout Pass, ID. Being on the I-90 corridor, just under 6 hours East of Seattle, this is a mountain that gets a lot of annual snowfall. 400″ is the average at Lookout Mountain, making it one of the leaders of Idaho snowfall. As you will see in the video below, we didn’t hit this on one of their many epic powder dayz but we did have a blast skiing the “Spring like” snow -and doing so, pretty much all by ourselves. This mountain is very easy to access by a short flight into Spokane. From there make the 1.5 hr drive East on I-90 to Lookout Pass. I’d recommend staying in the really cool town of Wallace, ID, which is just 20 minutes West of the ski area, on I-90. Be sure to check out the Wallace Inn, which I noticed is offering this great deal:
Another killer deal, I heard about while skiing Lookout, was the Season Pass offer, which will be available later this month. 199 bucks gets you next season’s pass plus skiing for the remainder of this season! Smoking deal! So be sure to check back to Lookout’s website later this month to find out all of the fine details. Also, while checking out their site, be sure to look at the 2,000 acre expansion which is in the not too far off future.
Below is our day wrapped up in under 3 minutes
Our bro Andy Traslin, sent this clip over from one of their good days close to home, in Vancouver, Canada. Living in N.Vancouver, Mike and Andy Traslin don’t have to travel very far for some nice steep shots (to get their skiing fix) as you will see in the video below.
Here’s a high noon video that kicked off our New Year on Snoqualmie Pass earlier this month. There’s another BIG storm hitting the Cascades this weekend so I hope the edit brings you a little stoke and leads to the mountains! “Live to Ski Another Day!” TNT
The video below captures a fair amount of the epic powder Tara and Carl Simpson got to feast on during the tail end of 2015. Truly a December to Remember! Now everyone’s ready for a January reload!
Here’s another fun one Tyler Tran sent over to share for a little Sunday morning stoke! After you click play and check out their fun day, then head out and get some of your own today! See you on the snow!
Here’s a great video our friend, Rowan Stuart, put together of some great December riding in the Cascades with Saign Charlestein and Ben Starkey. These guys are very solid on the uphill and, as you’ll see, rocking the downhill too! I’ve only been in the backcountry with these guys a few times, but they are a joy to watch ride. To see more photos from Rowan and keep up with our daily fun, visit our fb site HERE.
Jeff Rich has pretty much occupied the Stevens Pass parking lot the entire month of December, coming home only for a Christmas gathering, do some laundry 😉 and restock on food. Then he was back at what he does best, getting after the goods the Cascades bring us more often than not. If you follow the site, you know that even on a bad year in the Cascades, Jeff Rich, finds and slays epic powder! However, this season his hard work from last year has paid off, by not leaving his home stomping grounds. This is a compilation video of some fantastic skiing he and a bunch of other friends captured this past DUMPcember, so be sure to check it out! Photo above was captured by our bro Jameson Florence. To see more photos and keep up with our daily fun, visit our fb site HERE.