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 […]

28 January

Chasing Weekday Powder on Hood

Chasing Weekday Powder on Hood

January has brought a continuation of the Northwest El Nino roller coaster weather. Waves of heavy moisture just keep coming but with them comes abnormally fluctuating temperatures. Our base depth on Mt.Hood is over 100 inches now at the base lodge. The mountains are filled in and waiting for cold snaps to align with the […]

12 January

New Years 2016 Snowboard Tour Adventure

New Years 2016 Snowboard Tour Adventure

Nikki and I have spent the past four New Years together now and this was our third in the mountains. Returning from vacation spent with our families, the heavy snows that hit while we were away had started to settling out and the the resort was tracked. We laid eyes on getting out of the […]

22 December

First Adams Ride in Two Winters

First Adams Ride in Two Winters

A pre-Christmas ride on Mt.Adams is always a treat. On the 19th, Kelso and I got another break-in ride on the new machines before I headed home to Maine for the holidays. On our drive in We were surprised to see the snowpack extending down past Trout Lake, which allowed for parking in the lower lot. […]

21 December

Derby Weekend 2015 Snowboarding Bend

Derby Weekend 2015 Snowboarding Bend

I got my wish for fresh snow at the 2015 Dirksen Derby. The forecast was almost as stacked as the event roster, which was packed with 500 riders. A heavy storm cycle rolled in as the long weekend approached. The new snow made for slow race courses and a strange sense of emptiness at the […]

23 April

Valdez Powder Hunt Spring 2015

Valdez Powder Hunt Spring 2015

Mid April marked my second time traveling to Alaska on a whim to escape sad snowboarding condition in the Northwest. Two season’s in a row and my tastebud for Alaskan terrain has definitely matured, now to the point of hunger. Alaska is a far off land though and I was on the fence about making […]

16 February

Junuary 2015 Park Riding

Junuary 2015 Park Riding

“Junuary” round 2, 2015. Another tough season in the Northwest means another Junuary has come and gone. Rain days instead of snow days left us waiting for sunshine to ride the Meadows’ park. In late June, I mean January, Kelso, Rager, Nikki and I got a nice day of park riding through the newly extended […]

4 February

Wallowa Yurt Trip

Wallowa Yurt Trip

What a winter of waiting it has been. I was told that “patience pays in dividends”. While the Pacific Northwest was waiting for snow this fall, a few early season e-mails that were passed between a group of scattered friends, quickly escalated into a four day yurt trip to a remote, central location. Reservations were […]