Friday, December 25, 2009

More Pow at WH2O

Had to put the Saturn to the test and compare it to the Chevy on another 10hr afterski driving mission up into British Colombia, since it seemed the Baker had left the oven open in Washington again.

In the white room, topped with bluebird.

Kari Medig had invited us to come up to Nelson, to stay with him, check out the pow in Whitewater and taste BC's next best coffee since we missed Mark's Stoke-beans up in Revy. We got there in the morning after another epic Motel session and got straight into the game of deep white frozen H2O.

Met some chill locals and headed out with Clay aka Pat Maweanie, one who could guide us to the best cliffs around and demonstrate very well how to go off them in the best possible way. Upside down, flipped backwards and both hands on the goggles that is. It was mostly snowing and ovecast but the sun even came out for a couple of hours and we got to have a brief look at the surrounding out of bounds terrain potential.

Happy-Pat out to chop some lumber.


A whitewater faceshot from the inside.

We even became world famous and posted on the WH2O blog.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

800 miles to Baker and back.

After the awesomeness we experienced in Revelstoke we got in the car again and headed back to the USA and Mt Baker where a major storm finally was turning the ice into cream. Knowing that it would be borderline balancing with the temperatures we hoped for it to stay on the right side of freezing and crossed our fingers before crossing the border.

Logging so many miles on this trip that we had to go and change our Chevy into a Saturn.

Finally in the deep woods below baker and checking in with Adam U.

Adam was our man in Baker, welcoming us with big logs in the stove, a place to crash and the directions to the good stuff on the mountain.

A very promising sight at the mountain parking lot.

Adam doing his stuff in front of Pilstrands cam.

Getting some rad angulation on the baker action.

Bakers terrain is completely one hundered percent awesome. It's playstation4 super mario pillow poppin bombhole wonderland II under the lifts. And the soft landings this day gave us a bag of green Mario mushroom extra life. And as far as we hear there is even more, better and bigger stuff above the top of the lifts, something we were not able to see through the fog though.

Unfortunately it went too warm, the pow turned heavy and it was not looking good for the next days. Once again we figured we'd bombed the place enough to call it the day so we got in the car again and did another 10 hr drive into British Colombia to get a piece of another big dump there.

We have skied so much pow on this trip it's rediculous. And the fat lady is definitely singing yet. Putting down the miles has been part of it, with motel action, Subway one handers and Seattle grunge tunes getting us across borders with more or less stress...

Stay tuned for more north american pow tubular madness at the bigtrix.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Call in Sick! And go to Revy.

We're stoked. Revelsoke Mountain has got the biggest vertical in North America, the comfyest lodge and allready awesome snow conditions this year. We hooked up with a lot of good people, found a lot of good snow and got some real good photos. With fresh snow as we arrived and then bluebird on our last day we could not have had better conditions for getting the best out of the awesome terrain easily reachable from the lift. We will be back!

Riley Leboe cruising real good pow under the blue bird.

Chopping some veggies for the soup.

Check the Revy Mtn Blog here.

We're hitting the road again. It is dumping big, somewhere far away.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Kicking off the transatlantic season

The North West coast of USObama and British Colombia have had a good start of the season, with record November snowfalls and early openings in many places. I got on a plane with Mikael Pilstrand to get a piece of it and before we knew it we were eatin fat pancakes, driving a big gazoline addicted Chevy and headed way into the mountains of interior British Colombia, Canada.

Iceland Air, the best way to go. Scandinavia-West Coast USA before you even get tired of watching movies and drinking beer.

But 450 kr for a Croissant just feels real strange when you are a Scandinavian...

Then 12.95 dollars for breakfast seems a little bit better even though you can never finish the plate when you are Scandinavian.

Pilstrand working on it the starter. He could finish the coffee cup a couple of times though.

And once on the ground a big ass Chevy is the way to go. Maybe not the right moral choice in theese global warming times but when in Rome, do like the little Italian people, when in US drive a big fat car like the big fa.. American people.

And head into the mountains to search for some snow.

Stay tuned for more. -Torkel

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The best of Hyggedal

Feels like Hemsedal has already had a full season even before it´s started in many other places. I've already had better ski-days there this pre-season than I´ve ever had there before. If it finished now it would probably not have been the worst season ever there... But it just looks like it is continuing and getting better. Marry Christmas and a happy new year will be spent there.

Kjøttulf Isaksen came straight from surfing El Salvadorsurfing to schredding Hemsedal, skipping authum is the way to go. Photo: Jallis Lilleheil

Hemsedal local David Underland training for bombdrops from his new buit house.

Enjoying a record early poach of the run that is known as the Anal. (Excuse my language but that is just what it's called. They even wrote it in the local newspaper once, when Evensen had done a little too quick decent of the "S", so I though then it would be ok to write even on the very politically correct Anyway, this line is normally never a ridable option so early in the relationsh... no I mean season, and normally always very sketchy, so it's proof that winter 09/10 in Hyggedal is an extraordinary one.

I'll ba back. -Torkel

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