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  1. #26
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    Heliotrope was awesome today up high. ~12-18 inches of dense PNW pow.

  2. #27
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    Legitimate send on heliotrope! Seems official now...

    Not impressed with the forecast or options on hwy 2, I still decided to take my board for a soggy stroll yesterday. Seen an inch or two on the Jupiter cam. Drove up Smith Brook to the back side of rock. Tennis shoes in the rain to snow line at 5'000'ish. Abruplty went from nothing to knee deep. Skinned the next 2 g to the top. Low vis, cascade snow. But depth was no issue! West face of rock is nothing but grass, so it only needs a foot.

    Guaranteed to be crap now, but highly recomended if you can catch a window before Smith Brook snows in.





    Joined a set of skin track 50' from the top, from some other who solo'd from the south.

  3. #28
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    Some stoke from yesterday up 542!

  4. #29
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    yeah! skyline divide?

  5. #30
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    Season can't start soon enough.

  6. #31
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    I know. As hard as I try I can't get that kid out of the park.

    Quote Originally Posted by auvgeek View Post
    Yeah, I hate park rats who ski without poles, too.
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    If I lived in WA, Oft would be my realtor. Seriously.

  7. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by oftpiste View Post
    I know. As hard as I try I can't get that kid out of the park.
    I'm betting that auvgeek may not have skied with your kids?

    And would be in for quite a shock?
    Quote Originally Posted by Downbound Train View Post
    And there will come a day when our ancestors look back...........

  8. #33
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    Well I have skied with auvgeek and watched oftpiste's kid ski and they both shred harder than me so there is that...

  9. #34
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    Harder than me too.... keep an eye out for my park rat on the FWQ this season. Of course I'll be posting annoying fatherly brags on an all too frequent basis. So stoked.
    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    If I lived in WA, Oft would be my realtor. Seriously.

  10. #35
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    As long as you're ok with us giving you shit for being annoyingly proud, go for it. Stoked for y'all

  11. #36
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    Did his qualifying for the junior worlds get mentioned here yet?

    All the Ofts are beautiful skiers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Downbound Train View Post
    And there will come a day when our ancestors look back...........

  12. #37
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNWbrit View Post

    All the Ofts are beautiful skiers.

    There's no amount of talent makes skiing on grass and rocks look beautiful.
    Move upside and let the man go through...

  13. #38
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNWbrit View Post
    I'm betting that auvgeek may not have skied with your kids?

    And would be in for quite a shock?
    I'm betting your sarcasm meter is broken.
    "Alpine rock and steep, deep powder are what I seek, and I will always find solace there." - Bean Bowers

    meager stoke

  14. #39
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    As long as you're ok with us giving you shit for being annoyingly proud, go for it. Stoked for y'all
    Bring it on Norse. You know I can take it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    If I lived in WA, Oft would be my realtor. Seriously.

  15. #40
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    Well, the things are anyway! Thanks. Yeah, Thing #2 qualified for junior worlds. Sadly he (we, dammit) won't be going because of a fucked up IFSA rule. If he went he wouldn't be able to compete as an adult this year. It's fucked up.

    Quote Originally Posted by PNWbrit View Post
    Did his qualifying for the junior worlds get mentioned here yet?
    All the Ofts are beautiful skiers.
    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    If I lived in WA, Oft would be my realtor. Seriously.

  16. #41
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    No claim of ANY beauty in that pic, and he'd probably be pissed if he knew I put it up. It was really more about his stoke factor and getting after it. But you knew that....

    Quote Originally Posted by Mofro261 View Post
    There's no amount of talent makes skiing on grass and rocks look beautiful.
    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    If I lived in WA, Oft would be my realtor. Seriously.

  17. #42
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    Fine start on heliotrope and great to hear hwy2 is sort of barely in play. I've been in the neighborhood for a few years, but this is the first year out of the ski industry with time to play in the winter, see you all out there...
    Gravity always wins...

  18. #43
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    Quote Originally Posted by riff View Post
    Fine start on heliotrope and great to hear hwy2 is sort of barely in play. I've been in the neighborhood for a few years, but this is the first year out of the ski industry with time to play in the winter, see you all out there...
    No Steven's patrol?

  19. #44
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    SNOW IN THE PNW 2016-17: Return of the Shred-i

    No, sadly; I made the move to year round work; still hanging out with the crew up there though, and the new gig will leave lots of time for the mountains!
    Gravity always wins...

  20. #45
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    Visited Rainier last week from MT!

    We vanned on White Pass for 3 nights and commuted to Paradise 3 times.

    Day 1 was down pouring. We are cool with skiing in the rain but it was really pouring.

    Day 2 was sweet. Got a late start because the new memory foam in my van is SICK. But at a 10am start we toured ALMOST to Camp Muir. It was rainsleetsnowing to 8000' perhaps, then some light but accumulating snow and increasing wind. We skinned to what I estimate was about halfway up the snowfield. But then vis went to shit and we were worried about losing the rock we had as a land marker. Hung out for 5 minutes then we decided since we weren't SUPER familiar with the terrain, pulled the skins off and shredded maybe 700 feet of nice boot top pow!

    Of course vis improved when we met back up with the skin track. Since we had vis we decided to explore a little bit on the descent. Took a sporty route down, a little down climbing, coniferous rappelling.

    Day 3 we were determined to make it to Camp Muir. Got an early start to Paradise. It was puking. We made it to about 1/4 mile from the parking lot and a Ranger turned us around. Dang!

    So we went to Chinook Pass and Greenwater. Camped on 410 for 3 more nights. Did some hiking and caught up with old friends. Found a bunch of chanterelles!

    Super fun trip and super stoked on the first turns of the season! We are getting a late start in Montana. Visiting the PNW is always awesome. Y'all got it good!

    Sorry for the lack of action photos!
    There was a lot of rain.

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  21. #46
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    Quote Originally Posted by oftpiste View Post
    Harder than me too.... keep an eye out for my park rat on the FWQ this season. Of course I'll be posting annoying fatherly brags on an all too frequent basis. So stoked.
    does he have room on his skis for a 17BBI sticker and how much will that cost me! other companies may be dropping skiers but at Team BBI were always looking for more!
    bF
    Alpental Indigenous

  22. #47
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    Can't answer that one for ya. While I was instrumental in the early spancership conversations of a few years ago I have been politely asked to keep my parental ass out of it!

    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post
    does he have room on his skis for a 17BBI sticker and how much will that cost me! other companies may be dropping skiers but at Team BBI were always looking for more!
    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    If I lived in WA, Oft would be my realtor. Seriously.

  23. #48
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    Morse Creek yesterday. Didn't bring skis.

  24. #49
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    Looks tasty.

    Had training this weekend up at the northern dead-end. Great warm breeze Friday followed by torrential downpour on Saturday. some new snow above maybe 5.5k by Sunday morning, but everyone in the swamp was hopelessly hungover after snowbash.

  25. #50
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    you guys and gals are going to have an epic season.. Looking forward to a deep deep snowpack

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