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22
Feb

Andrew Eckels, who started helping The Snow Troopers about 6 years ago, came down from Bellingham to help film the 2017 Alpental Vertfest this past weekend (2/18-2/19). Andrew’s plan was to ride up Armstrong Express, just after the start and capture some vid from the lift. Then he skied down Ingrid’s Inspiration getting some ski by shots. After he past the pack, he pointed them for the base area. Before I had a chance to see Andrew and here him tell me about his digger -double ejection, Greg (with the Summit Marketing team) told me about the BLOWUP he witnessed of Eckels! Andrew said he was feeling fine and crushed it all day filming a cheering on the athletes. However, Monday morning when we hit the lifts here at Summit East, his 23 year old body, wasn’t feeling it and we called it quits after a few laps. After seeing the clip below, I can see why Andrew was moving slowly. Hope you’re feeling 100 percent now, Brother!

 

Andrew Crash from The Snow Troopers on Vimeo.

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21
Feb

Here’s a backyard trip Andy and Mike Traslin hit up this past January 17 2017. Sea to Sky ski touring…Hollyburn to Lions Bay.

 

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Feb


Presidents’ Day 2017 brought us a little wet dust on crust… Wishful thinking had me leaving the Snow Trooper Headquarters with the phat super rocker boards, but the Summer carvers would have been the ski with the highest FUN factor!
All in all great skiing still to be found inbounds at The Summit at Snoqualmie, and even better off-piste.

 

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18
Feb


Here’s a BIG day that Michelle and Andrew spent not too far off the beaten path, of HWY 542.

 

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17
Feb


Due to heavy snow the I-90 corrdior was closed until late Monday afternoon last week. When it was opened boy was night skiing at Summit Central amazing! Super Tuesday at Alpental the next day did not disappoint either!

 

Summit Central and Alpental from The Snow Troopers on Vimeo.

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17
May

Jacob Mandell sent this one over of an amazing looking trip into the Olympics recently. Below are a few words from Jacob along with his sweet video that capture some of the eye candy and great corn!


Tanner and I headed out to the most northwestern stretch of mountains in the lower 48, the Olympics. We walked in 7 miles of trail to Royal Basin, and were greeted with three amazing days of perfect corn skiing. We skied in Royal Basin, Deception Basin, Hal Foss Peak, and Mt Clark. Its an awesome area, but you have to do a little work to get back there.

 

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03
May

Another fun, short POV from one of Andy Traslin’s many adventures this Winter with his brother Mike. The video below was hitting the backyard for some “North Shore Ripping” of the Coast Range.


 

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22
Apr

Andy Traslin shot this one over the other day of a fun looking chute out of Squamish this past Feb. The target for he and Jamie Bond was the “Gun Sight Couloir” which was accessed from the Sea to Sky gondola. The pow may be mostly over now, but the BIG mountain fun is looking good here in the PNW!


 

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24
Mar

Visit Tamarack Resort before they close this Sunday for the season. With 8″ in the last 72hrs and more snow on the way, conditions couldn’t be better.  Skiers and riders who purchased a 2016-17 season pass to Bogus Basin during their Tier 1 sale (Feb. 15-21, 2016) get one free day of skiing (show your 2016-17 Bogus Basin pass or proof of purchase at the Sports Dome). Plus, on Saturday, Tamarack will be hosting the first annual State of Idaho Pond Skim Championship competition beginning at 1pm (registration starts at 11AM on the Canoe Grill Patio), followed by an after-Party featuring a live DJ. A Sunday Easter Egg hunt will wrap up the season with prizes that include a Tamarack 2016/17 season pass, summer Bike Park lift tickets and more.

 

We skied there recently and it was incredible. We were ahead of the big storm so not the best viz but we skied fresh tracks all day, on a Friday. As seen in our video, we had no trouble getting in long shots without any other skiers or snowboarders. Tamarack continues to be, as the locals say, where the powder goes to escape the people. Back in 2013, we compared Tamarack to Blue Sky Basin in Montana because of its well planned, upscale mountainside lodges and homes. But we’re starting to imagine that Tamarack might be more like Yellowstone Club, MT’s private, members-only ski resort? We wonder – because Tamarack remains so unbelievably uncrowded – we felt like we were skiing in our own private Idaho resort. With 2800′ vertical, Idaho’s 3rd longest (slightly more than Yellowstone Club by the way), and 1000 acres served by Idaho’s fastest and newest lift system, Tamarack is an impressive “private” resort.

 

Tamarack also remains on track to be a luxury four season resort. Since new ownership and management began operating the resort last year, there have been a series of multi-million dollar improvements -from continued real estate development to expanded snow making and terrain. We were anxious to check out the reopened 100 acre Wildwood zone. The patrolled side-country terrain is an easy ski/skate off to the right of the Summit Express lift. Even though it lost its lift (and thus was closed in ’09), we found it easy to ski back into the resort’s main trail system and catch the express lift. So easy that we ended up lapping that zone several times. With no crowds, no lift lines and high speed lifts, Tamarack offers as much vert as you can take in a day. In addition to the Wildwood zone, we counted the Staircase, Blaze and Pursuit expert trails (which were cleared and improved for this season) among our favorites.

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23
Mar

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Here’s a little pre-weekend stoke from Adam Roberts. The video below is a POV recap of his “December to Remember”, CHECK IT and get some of your own this weekend! Think cold snow!!!


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