30 January

Hokkaido Japan Snowboarding Experience

Hokkaido Japan Snowboarding Experience

Chatting with Reid in an onsen (hot spring) after a day of riding, we talked about being life long snowboarders and cherishing our Japan experience for the fresh view it had been providing us on the terrain and culture of snowboarding in Japan as well as the industry as a whole. After a decade of […]

6 January

New Years 2018 McCall Idaho Ramble

New Years 2018 McCall Idaho Ramble

The 2017/2018 winter season has had trouble building muster in the western states. Aside from Washington, many states barely have enough snow to spin the lifts. For New Years I was crossing my fingers hoping McCall Idaho would have enough of a base to get the sleds out for a long weekend trip. As the […]

20 November

Meadows Season Opener

Meadows Season Opener

The 2017/2018 winter season is shaping up to be a good one in the Northwest. The Fall weather snapped cold quickly this year with mid-November storms transitioning to snow at elevations above 4,500 feet. For a normal snow season we’re lucky to be riding by Thanksgiving, so the November 18th opening preview weekend at Mt. […]

13 May

Helens Spring 2017 Booter

Helens Spring 2017 Booter

Another season comes to a close. Kelso, Chip and I got out to Helens on sleds the first weekend in May. This is the latest any of us can remember riding sleds in Oregon and by far the latest we’ve ever accessed Helens. The road in was still thickly covered with snow, in May! The […]

18 April

Spring Tour Up Mount St.Helens Ape Glacier

Spring Tour Up Mount St.Helens Ape Glacier

Mount St.Helens opened her doors for a perfect, spring volcano riding day in mid April. Nikki and I met a White Salmon buddy, Andy and his friend Ryan, for a sled accessed tour up the east facing Ape Glacier. Fresh snow had fallen late in the work week, just thick enough layer to coat the […]

14 February

Wind Lip Side Hit To Save The Day

Wind Lip Side Hit To Save The Day

Taking a chance Saturday (February 11th) in Southwest Washington, Kelso and I inspected the snowpack after big rains all week and only a small wave of snow since. We reached 5000ft where a meadow was thick with 6″ of fresh snow. Hopes began to rise. We pushed out to the normal riding area excited at […]

10 January

Exploring Central Oregon New Years 2017

Exploring Central Oregon New Years 2017

Kelso, Becca, Mimi, Ben, Mikey, Nikki and I rang in the New Year together in a small cabin blanketed by feet of fresh snow. 2017 marked Nikki and my 5th New Years together, funny enough, 4 of which have been spent with Ben Ipsen. It was quite the crew of cabin gamers, backcountry enthusiast and […]

8 April

Spring St.Helens Summit and Hip Hit Weekend

Spring St.Helens Summit and Hip Hit Weekend

The skis went blue over the Northwest during the first week of April. Desperately wanting to take advantage of the dry and unseasonably warm weather for some snow camping, I talked Kelso and Nikki into making plans to ride Mount St.Helens for the weekend. Nikki and I set out solo on Saturday with summit fever. […]