Snowboarding

Snowboarding with 907 Snowcat 3/30/12

It's been an incredible season of firsts. First Baker Banked Slalom, first heli, first backcountry turns in Alaska and now my first cat day of snowboarding. When I first arrived in Valdez, I met Nate from 907 snowcat and decided that a day of cat boarding would be a great way to start the Tailgate AK experience. I ended up joining in with a really great group of snowboarders from Alaska and Sweden. We had seven of us...

31 Mar 2:32 PM 3 Read More...

Thompson Pass 3/29/12

After spending the last couple days exploring Valdez, it was finally time to head up to Thompson Pass and get the full scale of Alaska mountains. I headed up bright and early with my gear to see what work needed to be done and ended up getting in a couple laps to warm-up for this adventure. During Tailgate BC, Nico was telling me about Alaska and how your whole season is basically practice for AK. That everything ...

30 Mar 8:15 AM 4 Read More...

Stevens Pass 3/16/12

It's been a stormy week for the Northwest. Lots of rain in town and snow in the mountains. Stevens Pass has been getting snowfall that kept delivering powder days on the mountain. I waited for Erik to start the day on the slopes we could carpool up together. Even by the time we arrived in the early afternoon, there was still powder in spots and turns to be made. The best part about Friday snowboarding was the sun ca...

17 Mar 12:50 PM 1 Read More...

Stevens Pass 3/14/12

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 t...

14 Mar 8:15 PM 7 Read More...

AAI Avalanche 1 Course - Day 3

The third day with the American Alpine Institute (and second day on snow) meant taking all the education, on-snow practices and really applying it to our experience in the backcountry. It was focused on us enjoying the snow while remaining safe and watching for terrain that could be avalanche prone. We had made a trip plan on Saturday to explore farther out in the backcountry but at our morning meeting, we discuss...

04 Mar 6:13 PM 1 Read More...

AAI Avalanche 1 Course - Day 2

As soon as I got confirmation that I would be heading up to BC and AK this year, I knew it was time to take the avalanche level I course. I checked out a couple options for course providers in the NW and eventually found the American Alpine Institute out of Bellingham and Mt Baker. I signed up and paid my fees so I could finally get a better understanding and more practice in the backcountry. The first day was Fri...

03 Mar 5:50 PM 0 Read More...

Stevens Pass 3/1/12

If you're wondering what mountain has been getting hammered this season, I can tell you Stevens Pass has been getting the goods. The snowbanks are high, the coverage is amazing and today was another powder day. Despite the backside not being open (due to avy danger), the front of the mountain and especially the trees offered up some really fun riding for the day. I was pretty stoked to get out on the mountain with m...

01 Mar 5:15 PM 2 Read More...

Northstar 2/28/12

There are good days and then there are great days. The past two days in Tahoe have been great days, the snow finally arrived and delivered amazing powder runs. I couldn't believe how quickly the conditions changed on the mountain and just in time for my last day in Tahoe. After dropping off my rental car in South Lake, we headed up to Northstar for the day. Yesterday was about powder on the groomers and today was ab...

28 Feb 7:52 PM 4 Read More...

Sierra at Tahoe 2/27/12

The weather in Lake Tahoe can switch rapidly. One day it'll be bare roads with spring like slushy conditions and a couple days later it'll be dumping snow with a total winter appearance. I made sure that I was in Tahoe for Monday morning's storm and heading to Sierra at Tahoe for the day. Sierra at Tahoe is just down the highway from South Lake Tahoe. If the roads are dry, it can be pretty quick but today there wa...

27 Feb 10:39 PM 1 Read More...

Heavenly 2/25/12

If you've ever been to Lake Tahoe, you know what a beautiful place it is. The lake ties together so many different mountains, communities and offers so much fun in one place. This morning, I woke up to a beautiful North Lake Tahoe view from the Shreddytimes house and was ready for another day of shredding. Ashley and I were planning on riding Northstar but I realized my pass wasn't valid on Saturdays so we ended up m...

25 Feb 10:59 PM 0 Read More...