Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Cold Days Ahead

snowboarding, snoqualmie, Justin, Jackson, Rodeo flipJackson with the Rodeo

The snow has taken a break and given way to sunny days and freezing temps. I'm really excited about the clear skies, but not so much the freezing temps. Already scored a small patch of frostbite on my index finger from sledding/snowboarding/shooting pics all MLK day. It was well worth dead patch of skin.

snowboarding, snoqualmie, Justin, Jackson, Rodeo flipBecker with the cheese

Baker birthday weekend was pretty fun. Of course a little more relaxing than I imagined, but none the less fun. First day was sunny and pretty hard snow. Second day was a few inches on top of crust. Just enough snow to inspire us to seek out a couple drops. My ass is still recovering from a big ice patch on a run out.

The crew was different than usual - Obie, Laura, Ethan, Annie, Jason, and his lady(name???). It's fun hanging out with them, but nothing crazy. Riding with Obie is always a good time. Jackie actually tried to ski for the 3rd time again and of course did well. Next day she went back to the snowboard when the snow started to accumulate. Also ran into Otter, Mike, and Des, in the lift line. We did a few fun lines with `em till they took off to ride the front.

Surf looks really good this week. Too bad my boss is in town and I have to show my face around the office or else I'd be 'working from home' again. Talking about heading out one day this weekend. I don't expect it to be anything but friggin' cold.

Drex's site been active with the usual shit talking in the past few weeks. About time he starts the forums up again.

-Non-Stop Round trip ticket to 4 day weekend in Vail(Feb. 21st) - $130
-New Ice cream maker for the kitchen
-HI. North Shore in 40 days

-$50 parking ticket on MLK
-boots that will never seem to dry
-No Summit Pipe yet

Monday, January 14, 2008

SunPeaks...without the Sun

Josh over sidewalk gap
Spent a long weekend in SunPeaks with a really great crew of people- Jackie,Josh,D,Mary,Vince,Etty,Nate. Everyone was a solid rider so we didn't have to wait much or worry about what color run we were on. And if we did ditch someone we just kept going and eventually we'd find `em on another run. No bitching or complaining either.

Lots of jibbing and riding at top speeds. Fresh snow fall was pretty good, but coverage was not the best. The snow in the trees was barely hiding stumps and logs...and we all eventually found a few. The mountain is not very steep and also lacked the drops we're accustom to back home, but plenty of fun jib stuff to wreck on. Vince kept taking little kids out even though the lift lines were almost non-existent.

Mary over the hot tub gap
Stayed at Mary's parents vacation home which was super nice. It was one of those Ski-in-ski-out luxury places- complete with heated floors, boot dryers, and hot tub. Lots of hot tub time to keep the muscles loose and blood thin, or was that the beer and shots?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Never Ending Winter

Shawn- warm up drop

It's started just like it ended...powder days and lots of snowboarding. Still haven't surfed this year, actually haven't surfed in a few weeks, but every opportunity to go has looked like crap. Oh well, having more than enough fun snowboarding. It's been a few years since I've been really stoked on riding.

Drex with the drop

Headin' to SunPeaks this afternoon with a small crew- Mary C., Becker, Vince, and D. New mountain for me, and different crew than I usually ride with, so I'm pretty excited. Conditions are looking good too - 6" last night and twice as much expected in the next 2 days.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Perfect way to end the year

Too busy to write lately. Between the snow falling in record amounts, and holiday parties, there's no time left for interweb browsing. Well, at least not more than a few minutes at a time.


I can't think of a better way to 2007 than the best powder days I've experienced in the last few years. One amazing day at Steven's and 3 or 4 more at Alpental. Kinda crowded, but the runs well worth the wait. Thanks to Drex and crew I'm learning my way around Alpental pretty well.

New Years was kinda anticlimactic. Nice dinner party at Greg and Julia's and then big party at Toni and Peter's. Toni and Pete's place was fun, but I think I was a little too sober to be thrown into a bunch of drunk people I hardly know. Good thing D and Lara were there to ring in the new year with.

New Years eve I couldn't stop thinking burnt out I was from snowboarding everyday, but on the other hand I couldn't help from laughing about how good it was. Perfect example of body giving out too early. Maybe new years resolution should be to work our my back leg more, but just my back leg.

Oh yeah, Space Needle fireworks suck.