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. […]

29 February

Powder Highway Vacation Couples Style

Powder Highway Vacation Couples Style

With BC so close to Oregon, it’s long been a desire of mine to learn more about the snowboarding terrain and ski town living found along the legendary “Powder Highway” in the southern interior of British Columbia. The snowmobile riding in these mountain is arguably the best in the world. Evidence of this is seen […]

10 February

February Park Laps With Kelso and Ladd

February Park Laps With Kelso and Ladd

By February on Mt.Hood, the steady stream of snow storms slowed down enough for the Meadows park crew to finish off their parks. They brought in the STP crew to help shape a Star lift park with two very nicely shaped jumps, followed by some larger rail features. Kelso, Ladd, Nikki and I felt our […]

2 February

January Powder Closeout

January Powder Closeout

You can’t ask for weekend weather to line up any better than it did for the closeout of January in the Northwest. Midweek was warm and dumping rain above 9000 feet. By Friday the exiting system was pulling in cold air from the north as well as the next batch of moisture behind it. When […]