While most people shy away from the notion of going out in a storm, skiers and boarders have a different view of the weatherman's foreboding forecast. Salomon's latest edition of FreeSkiTV shows us why getting out when others are staying in can be so good.
Jason Kehl heads for the forests and boulders of Squamish to escape the heat and the hub-bub of Texas and to refocus and send.
As part of Mammut's 150 Peak Project this year to celebrate the 150th Anniversary, David Lama heads off to tackle the 6,239 meter Nameless Tower, also known as Trango Tower, in northern Pakistan.
Lastly, I've got to send a little love to my new friends Stef Hendry and Brendon Porter at Chair 2 Board Sports in Easton, WA. I met them at the CWU Winterfest in Ellensburg on Thursday, and they're good people. If you're a snowboarder or split-boarder and live or ride in I-90 corridor, be sure to stop in and check them out. Here's a clip of Brendon and one of their team riders, Brian Leahy, tearing it up in Chinook Pass earlier this spring.
Stef and Brendon love getting out in the backcountry, but they also know how serious it is, so they come prepared with Avalanche Safety Kits (shovel, beacon, probe), and have the training on how to use them properly and effectively. This season, we have Level 1 Avalanche Courses in Bellingham, Seattle, Olympia, and now on the east side of the mountains in Leavenworth as well! Be sure to take a look at the schedule here and sign up for a course if you plan to venture in to the backcountry.
Have a great weekend! - James