I woke up in the PISSING RAIN today. Kinda bummed. I walked thru the rain for 20 minutes to the lift and arrived soaked. I was riding the chair over the fingers in the rain when the sun came out and BAM! It was an instant sick powder day with NO ONE OUT!!! This video was shot between 9:30am and 11:00am on Dec. 3rd, 2010.
The King of the Hill was the original big mountain snowboard competition from The mid '90s in Valdez. This year marked the resurrection of the event. Travis Rice proved to be the King of the Hill, earning the crowds praise after a big, smooth 720 in the middle of his line. The footage of Travis is from a small point and shoot camera, so he's pretty small, but the crowd is obviously stoked. The helmet cam footage is from my second run on the big mountain venue.
I was able to make it out for a little sled n’ shred mission over the weekend while Squaw was a little more crowded than it had been in previous days. Needless to say, the snow was deep and light. Most of the sick terrain was lacking a good base and the potential for big slides was there as well, so we stayed on some low angle spines that were safe to shred. After shralping the area pretty thoroughly, we built a jump over a few trees, and came back the following day to hit it. There were a few stomps, and a few crashes, but everyone still had a good time.
The past few days at Squaw have been insanely deep. Not just for a November storm either. Foot after foot, stumps and rocks have began to disappear (there are still many, so be careful!), and skiers and snowboarders are whipping their legs back into shape. One of my favorite parts of early season riding is getting to spend some quality time with your friends, some of whom you don't see too often outside of the winter months, spray them and throw snowballs at them as well. Another favorite part, if there's waist deep pow, is getting back into my slash routine.
This is a video I shot with my GoPro on 11/22 with Ryland Bell, Chris Galvin, and Matt Clark; slashes, white rooms, and a couple sprays.