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24
Feb

Working towards Wall St. ๐Ÿ™‚ skier/TNT, photo credit/ Scott Sumner


 

I was getting ready to take a little low angle walk yesterday around 1PM, when I got a text from my bro, Scott Sumner. His text said that he was going to ski Alpental BC, which made me wonder where, as the high gate (Nash Gate) had been close all week. The patrol had it closed because of big slab avalanche potential, and it didn’t help that a massive slide was triggered last Sunday by a rider out of bounds which took him for a big ride and also put debris into the ski area, where a ski patrol member and dog were partially buried. Well, after check of the Summit’s website, the high gate was INDEED open!!! Today should be superb all across the Cascades!
 

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23
Feb

Low angle tree fun!


 

The past two days have been quite nice, even with the small amounts of snowfall since last weekend. Wednesday I was rocking the groomers over at Summit Central with MarkeyWA and yesterday, I took a little walk across the freeway with Scott Sumner to some of our chill powder stashes.
 

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18
Feb

Rolling SR906 to the big KIDS playground. ๐Ÿ™‚


 

This past Feb. 26th, 2018, we woke up to 6+ inches at the base areas (around 5AM). However, by 9AM we had received another 4+ inches, giving us over 10″ at the base. Also, to cap off the big bomb excitement, we got word the freeway was closed Eastbound, not letting some of my best ski buddies make it from the Westside. ๐Ÿ™ I know it’s been said, “NO friends on powda dayz”, however, I love my skiing with my friends. Check out the short video of the fun day.
 

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13
Feb

Caught up with Geoff Curtis of Marker to check out the NEW Alpinist binding!


 

This past Outdoor Retailer/ S.I.A. show we were excited to not only see the new Alpinist binding on the showroom floor in Denver, but also get to ski it at Copper Mountain a couple of days later! The binding is lighter than the Dynafit speed and when skied on their super light, VTA88 ski, well, I felt like a World Cup slalom or G.S. skier ๐Ÿ˜‰
 

 
Below are a few words from Marker in regards to the new Alpinist binding which will be available this September 2018.
 
 
Ultra light, extremely durable and with superior features in this weight class โ€“ the new Marker Alpinist touring binding for high alpine challenges.

 

PERFECT STEP-IN
Integrated elastomers serve as visual aid and allow easy stepping in.
Anti-ice pads prevent icing of toe and heel
Length adjustment up to 15 mm (+/- 7,5 mm)
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PERFECT HIKING UPHILL
Only 245 g due to ultra light construction
Easy to use climbing aid (0ยฐ / 5ยฐ / 9ยฐ)
0ยฐ walking mode for long, slightly elevated ascents
Fast shift mode for super fast angle changes of the climbing aid
Easy mounting of the crampon, available in 4 widths
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PERFECT DOWNHILL RUN
Perfect power transfer thanks to a 38 mm drill pattern
Maximum stiffness due to carbon-reinforced toe components
Length compensation of the ski flex
Adjustable horizontal release with DIN-settings 4 – 9 or 6 – 12
Fast and simple switching between hike and ride mode

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12
Feb

It was an EXPERT only day from top to bottom, and the She Jumps riders found the best snow on the mountain… Gun Mount ๐Ÿ™‚ Everything else was lock up and would certainly test your ski skills!


 

Captured a few clips from a super cool event that took place this past weekend, the She Jumps’ Alpental Freeride clinic.
 
She jumps mentioned that the Freeride clinic was “for a new Sweet Skills women’s freeride skiing experience at Alpental! This freeride clinic is geared to help advanced to expert level, experienced resort skiers push their skiing to a higher level and improve confidence in off-piste, variable, steep, or technical terrain. Women will receive individualized feedback on their style and technique, as well as tips to improve control in steep terrain, ultimately improving fluidity and overall energy.”
 

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06
Feb

Here’s a quality edit by Mt. Baker rider, Sam Giffin, of a trip last year to “Alaska Heli Skiing” with Sean Dog! Our Snow Trooper friends, Cole Barrett and Zach Giffin, are featured in this short film, “Kodak Courage”. Pour that cup of joe, click play and start the day off right, or should I say “Right on Brother!”
 

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04
Feb

Screen capture of Rob Bolton (left) and Kevin Curd having fun in the PNW BLOWER!!!

The Summit at Snoqualmie was firing on all Cylinders Friday, Jan. 26th, 2018. This also happened to be the day prior to my trip down to Colorado for the annual Ski Industry Show. My original plan was to get after the fresh snow in the AM and start to pack for the show… Well that didn’t happen, as the snow kept on falling and I kept on skiing! The Summit recorded 11″ of snow on Friday and it was well worth missing my flight the next morning ๐Ÿ™‚
 
I did make it out on the next flight for Denver, and the show was super fun, as always, which is why I am a week late on getting this video up.
 

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24
Jan

Our friend, Alex Ropka, who’s a full time H.S. student, just sent this fresh edit over yesterday. He and his posse has been getting their fair share of the Stevens Pass fresh snow this season, as you will see in the edit below.

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19
Jan

Making my way through Breakover Trees ๐Ÿ™‚

This past Thursday (1/18/18), was a good day indeed. We received another nice dose of fresh, that measured apx 8″ at the summit of Alpental to 3+” at the base. The transition from rain to snow was perfect, keeping the base a little softer below the fresh. However, the best part of the past Thursday, was the fact of only apx 25 other riders at opening of Chair 2, and when Jerad a I made our way to the bottom of Chair 2, we skied right on the lift!?!?
 
Banged out a little video of the day… Check it, then get out and make some turns this weekend, too!
 

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15
Jan

Making my way through Breakover Trees ๐Ÿ™‚

This past Thursday (1/11/18), we received another the blast we needed to really start filling in the lower mountain zones. Even though it was followed by a rather large rain event, we are sitting much better now in the Central Cascades from 3K to 5K. Below is a short vid from the GREAT Thurdsay!
 

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