10 Feb 2016

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 Feb 2016

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 Jan 2016

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 Jan 2016

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 Dec 2015

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 Dec 2015

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 […]

10 Dec 2015

Rollercoaster Start to The 2015/2016 Northwest Ski Season

Rollercoaster Start to The 2015/2016 Northwest Ski Season

The 2015/2016 winter season feels like it’s slow approach came to a complete stop at the end of November. September was abnormally cool and wet. October showed signs of an early winter as well but each passing system came in a little too warm to coat the lower elevation ski runs on Mt.Hood. By Thanksgiving […]

12 Nov 2015

Karakoram Splitboard Clips

Karakoram Splitboard Clips

  7 Setup: 2015 Karakoram Splitboard Clips used on any splitboard Best Use: Backcountry Highlight: Clips that lock splitboard halves together very tightly Cost: Pricey for what they are, $50 for the clips + $4 for the hardware Rider Profile: 5’9”, 165 lb male with size 10 feet Score: 7   Stoked About The clips […]