Stevens Pass 3/14/12

14 Mar, 2012

It was great to arrive back in Washington to fresh snow falling from the sky. The Northwest has certainly been the place for snowfall this year and it’s still coming down! I took yesterday off for a much needed down day and hoped that today would still deliver the snowfall. It did, the snow was still great on the mountain and offered up powder turns throughout most of the day.

I got picked up by Jason, we met at the AAI avalanche level I course two weeks ago and talked about shredding Stevens when I got back from BC. We headed up and met up with a couple of his friends in the parking lot and ended up shredding with them most of the day.

We headed for the backside of the mountain to get in our kicks. Today was a good exploration day, riding with other people and getting in some time lapping new terrain this season. Sometimes new terrain leads to powder!

The riding was good, the powder was deep in spots and there was still plenty of snow falling from the sky. We ended up getting in some really good laps together.

At the demos I was really impressed with the Jones Mothership and thanks to Chad, it’s been added to my collection. Today was the first powder day with it on the mountain and it’s definitely holding up for a freeriding women’s board.

Powder turns for Jason

Quiet look at the Stevens backside

For some reason, Jason always found himself really really close to trees. Here’s him trying to get out of a tree hole he fell into. I rode by on the traverse track and looked down to see Jason hiding in the tree.

Jason carving it up on the Never Summer Raptor. I love being able to let people try out new gear that I have and he was stoked to get out on next year’s Raptor.

I’ve been extremely lucky and incredibly happy this winter. I started the season the complete opposite; miserable and unhappy with where I was, how things were going and what my future held. Sometimes it takes change and realizing that no one can ever hold you back from your possibilities. It’s good to be home in the NW. It’s truly the best terrain, best mountains and best vibes out there. It’s also the most wet, so I really appreciate my Burton AK Gore Tex jacket. Seriously. Now the only thing wet and cold is my hair.


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  1. March 14, 2012

    Welcome home m’dear.

  2. j
    March 14, 2012

    You riding Friday?

  3. March 15, 2012

    Huck, thanks!

    J, yep should be up tomorrow!

  4. March 15, 2012

    Hmm…poo. Trying to decide if I wanna roadtrip it or not. The gas prices are hellacious right now for the long day trips!

  5. March 15, 2012

    Hmm yeah. Coming up tonight or tomorrow?

  6. March 15, 2012

    Not sure yet, thought about rolling up tonite and parking lot camping, otherwise would just rally it tomorrow early AM. Have a chance to ride Crystal as well w/ only driving to Tacoma and hooking up with a ride from there so considering that, too. I haven’t hit Stevens yet this year though so it sounds appealing….just gotta work around my 1PM call, LOL

  7. March 16, 2012

    Dang, getting out of Cali this year sure worked out good!