Riding Journal

Northstar 2/24/11

I had been hoping to return to Tahoe before the season ended since I had my Tahoe Pass and wanted to spend time on the mountain with friends. The time finally came when flights were affordable, access was easy into Reno and my friends had time off from work to ride and hang out. It's been a rough season for Tahoe, definitely not the normal Tahoe year for snowfall but it doesn't mean the mountain is bad. It's not, ...

24 Feb 9:43 PM 3 Read More...

Red Bull Third Shift at Snoqualmie Central 2/18/12

When I first saw the mock-up drawing for the Third Shift contest, I was pretty much blown away. It meant constructing a town square in the terrain park that was literally a urban jump/jib contest over and onto buildings. For the northwest, it was pretty rad to see freestyle progression come here and be on the slopes so anyone could watch. This was an event that would push progression for local skiers and riders. Ear...

21 Feb 3:21 PM 1 Read More...

Stevens Pass 2/20/12

Yesterday was a hard day for the northwest. Avalanches took three lives in the backcountry at Stevens Pass and one life at Alpental. As the events would unfold yesterday, texts came in that said it was Chris Rudolph in the avalanche. I've known Chris from Stevens, the industry and he was an amazing guy to be around. The reason I came back to Stevens Pass was because of him, he told me I was always welcome back and th...

20 Feb 7:35 PM 0 Read More...

Stevens Pass 2/16/12

I forgot how much I missed snowbanks until I drove up to Stevens Pass, parked the truck and realized that the looming height of them was back in my life. The northwest has gotten most of the storms in the US, riding powder while the rest of us were riding parks and groomers. So far Stevens Pass, Washington has an 84" snow base at the bottom and 102" at the top. The flakes were starting to really come down on the w...

16 Feb 11:43 PM 6 Read More...

Mt Baker Legendary Banked Slalom Finals 2/12/12

The Legendary Banked Slalom brings out the best in snowboarding. Sure it's a race with times and competitive streaks and bets but it also brings snowboarding together as a family. The best riders in snowboarding come to be part of this weekend because it is about snowboarding. There are no tv cameras, no commercials and it's a humbling race that breeds support and cheers. Riders from around the world, from pipe to pa...

13 Feb 10:35 AM 2 Read More...

Mt Baker Legendary Banked Slalom Qualifiers 2/11/12

There are few contests in snowboarding that create legends, stories and memories like the Legendary Banked Slalom at Mt Baker. The backdrop of the Shuksan overlooks the banked course with a stacked list of riders competing for duct tape and the ultimate riders contest. All types of riders from parks, pipes and pow compete for the best times and turns of the weekend and the chance to be recognized by peers and friends...

11 Feb 10:55 PM 0 Read More...

WWSRA On-Snow Demo at Mission Ridge Day 2

On the first day of demos I apologized for bringing the sun to Washington but yesterday the Northwest was back in full action. There was new snow on Mission Ridge for day two of the demos and a storming day on the mountain with cloudy conditions. Some runs you'd be riding through foggy clouds and come out to clear visibility. It was a good day to try a range of boards and enjoy some freshies in the process. I ende...

09 Feb 10:54 AM 0 Read More...

WWSRA On-Snow Demo at Mission Ridge Day 1

Right after the SIA Tradeshow,retailers and industry don't have to go far to check out the latest gear on the mountain. The WWSRA hosts a bunch of on-snow demos around the US with alot of the brands from SIA being present.  The Northwest demo was just east of Stevens Pass at Mission Ridge, WA. It's a smaller ski hill but with all the components of fun, fast riding and was closed yesterday to the public so we ended ...

08 Feb 8:03 AM 1 Read More...

Vail 2/3/12

After taking a day off to relax at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, it was time to hit the slopes today to finally explore Vail Mountain. One of the most amazing parts about Vail is when you look at it from hwy 70, it doesn't look like much but what's hidden behind that first slope is a massive resort filled with everything you'd want. In one day, I rode park, groomers, leftover powder, steeps, bowls and trees. Th...

03 Feb 6:25 PM 3 Read More...

Steamboat 2/1/12

For four years I lived in a beautiful mountain town called Steamboat Springs, Colorado and I still consider it an amazing place to live. The mountain offers up some of the best aspen riding on more mellow terrain, the town has a great relaxed vibe and everyone loves to be in the outdoors. I was really happy to be able to finally return to my former mountain for a day of riding and get to see old friends in a quick vi...

01 Feb 8:13 PM 3 Read More...