The Snow is Coming Down in the Mountains

Yesterday, Todd and I both called in for a powder day since there have been multiple storms coming off the Pacific and stacking snow at Stevens Pass. Yesterday there was 11″ of new and upon arriving just before 9am it was still coming down.

It stayed that way the entire days so we had our choice of which runs we wanted to do. We rocked Hobsback to warm up off our normal runs. Then we ventured around the mountain from lift to lift to run to run. We rarely did any run twice after being warmed as it was smooth transitioning around the runs.

Todd did his second run on the backside, right off from the Tye chair exit ramp and down through the trees. It totally rocked and I forgot what those trails can do to someone just learning powder, and skiing for that matter (Todd’s second season).

After riding Jupiter Express for the first time, got my cheery it’s faster and nicer, we cruised back through Tye and I showed Todd Point Rock for a bit of hang time. Growing up on natural style jumps and drops versus park style, it is easy for me not to over think take-off and landings. However, the landings still need work.

For the rest of the day we moved to Skyline, Hogsback again, and Kehr’s and and Todd’s first look at Chief Trails.

The snow was soft and effortless to turn in. It was easy to sink to far as video shows, and I need landing work. Ah well, I’m old and don’t to rock anymore but its easier to save energy when not picking one’s ass out of the powder.

As much as I like clear skies, it was good to have the snow return. Looking to go up Friday and right now the forecast shows more dumpage.

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Tweeted @ by a Pep Fujas

The other night I was messing around with my new Hero3 Black edition and got the hair brain idea to tweet at Pep Fujas, the pro model of the ski I ride.

There have been a few times when celebrities, well my opinion of them, tweet back to me or follows me. I’m a nobody when it comes to Twitter with 874 followers but I did get a response from Pep.

Booya! I’m so ready for ski season to start and make a new ski movie. Maybe I will actually put together a cool one. LOL

Watch “Terrain Park at Stevens Pass” on YouTube

I still have some work to do with the cameras as I’m not getting the best shots. Yet I’ve been doing more night skiing and not enough in the days. Hopefully we will switch to some days and more footage for the 2012-2013 season. Here is a clip from Friday night in Top Flight Terrain Park. I short the last one but they the biggest of the season with the last having a 20′ gap to the landing.

Join me on Timu for some social sports fun

Gesh it has been ages since I have last posted on Spaces but I have been busy. Facebook has taken over and I have swtiched to it primarily since more of my real life friends use it. I have been uploading some pictures but not a whole lot when compared to my Spaces album. But I have actually started getting involved in another site called Timu.com.
Timu.com is a social connectivity website for sports teams and individual who love to play and share sports. I myself have joined the skiing hub and a few others. It is pretty cool and probably the coolest of all the various sports hubs is the Unicyclists. There are tons of videos and pictures of extreme unicycling and who would have thought. I wouldn’t have.
If you are interested in joining please accept my invitation and create a profile, create and/or join a team and start sharing. My friend Matt has been hard at work on the website and would be really please to see a lot of people join. As for me, I am going to posting videos and pictures of skiing stuff and with luck I will be in Whistler/Blackcomb and Mt. Hood for some serious spring skiing. My profile has a few pictures, videos and some other hoopla. Well I am off to get back to work at my desk, been at since 7am :(

Annual skip has come and gone once again

It has been to long since last blogging, the last two posts where emails I copied & pasted, about what has transpired in my life. But one thing I have been doing more of this year is snow skiing but since my digital camera is broken there have not been any pictures. That changed this year when the whole gang got together for its annual skiing trip, Whistler 2006 and Mt. Hood 2007, and this year the destination was Mt Bachelor.
The day started like the other trips with getting on the road early Thursday morning with a full truck and the hammer down. We made our way down I-5, to Highway 205, to Highway 85 and lastly onto Highway 26 and it didn’t take so much time and one tank of gas to arrive at Sunriver. The cabin this year was a 7 bedroom, 5 bathroom, large kitchen, large living room, hot tub and, my favorite, a Boston Acoustic surround system. Definitely a nice touch.
After a few beers, with all rational thinking leaving us, someone got the bright idea that skiing off the roof need to be done. I have to say making a first decent on a roof is quite cool. At first it was challenging to walk up the roof in ski boots but once the skis where on it was oddly normal. We rocked the roof a few times and even over a college rivals flag, haha!
Then Friday morning came and we piled in the autos and powered up the 15 mile drive from Sunriver to Mt. Bachelor. Visibility was pretty poor and the winds where high which shut down two of the best runs on the mountain, Summit and Northwest Chair. The up side was that there was a lot of snow and the tree skiing was awesome!! We rocked the mountain all day and even dipped into the terrain park and over shot a landing or two :) The day progressed and it was too soon that the mountain was closing and the lounge call our name. With our thighs burning we proceed to ease the pain with some local brew beers.
That evening we partied pretty good but there was no dancing like on the previous evening but mostly conversation about the days ride. What runs we liked, where we could tomorrow and praying that the weather lifted to give us an epic day. The Snow Gods heeded our prayers and we found ourselves on the mountain with crystal clear skies, check this picture. We rocked more jumps, drops and even got a few snap shots of the air time. Since the weather was so good they opened up the Northwest Chair and it was on. Untracked snow, not the best powder, and long runs took down our legs to where it was difficult to stand let alone ski. We got to the bottom of the mountain at closing time and headed to the lounge to lick our wounds, mine where bruised ribs from a tumble.
Unnkown to us, whom where skiing, half the gang left to go home because stomach ailments and one guy and his girl got into a pretty accident on Highway 26. That sucked!
The rest of us enjoyed the hot tub with drinks, food, music, movies and great conversation throughout the night and avoiding any discussion of the coming morning. If there is one consistency in my short life and that is the sun will rise and tomorrow will come matter how you do not want it too. The gang spent the morning cleaning, organizing and looking at pictures of the weekend adventure that is Mt Bachelor 2008.
I had to take a detour through Portland to pick up a table and chairs, I bitched about that here, and drove home. The ride back took us 7 1/2 hours and one tank of gas, dam I love my truck, before arriving in Seattle to make a few stops and the journey back to home to Marysville. Ah I want to do it again already and can not believe it came and went so quickly. Well there is always next year and can only wait until that day arrives. But until that day keep it rockin!!