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 […]

9 March

Elk Lake Central Oregon Cabin Trip

Elk Lake Central Oregon Cabin Trip

Motivated by Dave to join the Crossover Revolution event at Elk Lake Lodge, Nikki and I rented a fancy cabin over the first weekend in March. This became our opportunity show our buddies Chris and Morgan a unique snowy adventure. We rented one of the modern, luxury, high ceiling cabins and packed it proper with […]

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 […]

11 February

Crystal Camper Van Powder Monday

Crystal Camper Van Powder Monday

Riding a hot-pow Saturday at Mt.Hood Meadows in early February, Nikki and I had an itch. The lift lines were long, parking lots packed and the steep terrain was closed for avy control, all of which compounding on a season’s long feeling of entrapment. February, the heart of the winter season and we both felt […]

24 January

Pine Martin Express Reunion Tour

Pine Martin Express Reunion Tour

The Wallowas are quickly becoming a very special place for me. Standing 9 miles deep into the mountains, you get a sense of natural isolation. The remote trailhead we left behind in style, 10 people on 5 machines with four trailers full of gear, is no longer a thought once planted at the cozy mountain […]

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 […]