31 March

Dust On Crust Adams Big Lap

Dust On Crust Adams Big Lap

Andreas and I caught a beautiful snowmo-boarding day on Adams in mid March. The trail had enough snow coverage to get us up high and once there, the sun was out, keeping us and a fresh layer of snow warm.  There was just enough new snow to allow for fun snowboarding.  As it warmed, the […]

21 March

Park Day With The Portland Boys

Park Day With The Portland Boys

Mid March is here and spring is in full gear at the moment.  The snow on Hood has been soft and some fun features are setup in Forest park.  Saturday, we had a great crew making laps together. We have an admittedly large friend group in Portland but everyone seems to be pulled in different directions by their […]

13 March

So Long Nelson

So Long Nelson

This winter has not been cooperating for me and the west coast.  I’m calling it the worst ski season I’ve had since leaving Maine for Montana in 2003.  I realize my needs are great and expectations hard to reconcile with.  A long summer of day dreaming about lofty airs into powder and loosing myself in mountains taller […]

24 February

Mt.Adams Lower Bench

Mt.Adams Lower Bench

What used to be a regular occurrence in winter’s past, in season, was one special weekend in late February where the snow filled in Mt.Adams enough for snowmo-bording.  Kelso and I dusted off the machines after 11 months of sitting on Portland street-sides and warehouse storage along the Columbia river.  Mt.Admas had been hit with […]

20 February

Utah President’s Day Weekend

Utah President’s Day Weekend

It’s mid February and I have the feeling that Snowboard season is slipping past me before I’ve felt progression or accomplishment.  Nikki talked me into buying a cheap plane ticket to Utah for Valentine’s day weekend. We both have the travel and snowboarding bug right now, which are hard to satisfy when cooped up in […]

17 February

First Powder Day At Mt Hood Meadows

First Powder Day At Mt Hood Meadows

It happened, the dry spell broke in the Northwest. It feels like “someone turned the hose on” as Ben Ipsen messaged me the other day after Bachelor received over 60″ in one week. We’re back in the weather, both rain and snow, good and bad but definitely wet, which is a welcome change.     […]

16 February

June-uary In The Northwest

June-uary In The Northwest

This is a long overdue post from mid January: Lately for me, posting to Big Flakes has been much like my work situation; too busy to enjoy what’s there, with not enough substance to report home about. This is both a reference to me being so slammed at work that I can’t keep track of […]

17 January

Nikki’s Steven’s Pass Powder Weekend

Nikki’s Steven’s Pass Powder Weekend

Our first weekend of powder boarding for the 2014 season, my first time at Steven’s Pass and a swanky cabin full of friend’s celebrating birthdays. For Nikki’s 30th birthday, she decided to keep it mellow with a causal dinner party back in November.  Her idea was to wait for the snow to fall before having […]