Changes in the Season

Without snow weighing them down, evergreen limbs sway in the wind under winter’s grey blanket. Rain showers roll through the valley and I wonder if conditions are right today for snow on the mountain. I incessantly check the cams and stations at varying elevations.

The season is off to a slow start. A few teaser snow days, rumors of fresh tracks and the occasional picture of gear or a group heading uphill gets posted on my feed. One ice storm. The usual reports on the evening news of trees falling down in the metro area. If you believe the news, there are no trees left standing and the relatively warm temperatures are a blessing. Nonsense. “El Nino!” “Windstorm!” “Pineapple!” the weather forecasters claim. If this early winter weather were a person, it would be the sloppy relative with a comb over who had too much eggnog… it really needs to get its act together.

In one week I’ve been snowshoeing, fishing, mountain biking, and road riding. My neighbor went cross-country skiing yesterday. While grabbing coffee in town I overheard a tale about a group hiking for early season turns during the last storm. The local mountain bike guru forecaster has issued a brown pow alert several times in recent weeks. As I pull up to trailheads this time of year, I get excited if there are other vehicles. Kindred spirits – unfazed by the colder, damp conditions – know that dressing for it makes all the difference. My dog’s coat is thicker now. She’s obviously advanced in the ways of enjoying the outdoors (she is always happy on the trail) so I follow suit and grab a thicker insulation piece to wear under my shell. Digging tires into loamy winter goodness is a nice consolation for winter being slightly delayed.

All this input has me running in circles, inducing a gear management and laundry marathon. It seems every piece of long underwear has been used in the last two weeks.

Wait, didn’t I have a thicker merino top in the gear closet? Or did I wear it on that early season Lewis River ride last spring? It’s not in my riding pack… oh, the other closet with the thicker mountain bike gloves. Bingo! Eww, into the laundry with that one too…

This process repeats itself several times, burning countless hours, until I’ve located the majority of my favorite gear from last winter/spring. There is always something missing, so I pull up my handy web browser, type my search term, and start combing the results to ensure I fill the ever-changing gaps in my gear.

While online, I check the cams again. Soon, I think. I hope. I have faith that winter will deliver. I dig my skis out and admire the thick coat of summer wax that went on them last June. I fight the urge to scrape them off and become OCD about tuning perfect edges. I’ll wait ‘til the snow really falls. In the meantime, I’ll take the pup for a walk, gather with my fellow outdoor aficionados, do snow dances, and continue to watch the sky for the signs. Faith comes in many forms. It will come. The sooner the better.




2014 K2 Ultra Split Splitboard

I could go on and on about the K2 Ultra Split Splitboard, but Jeremy Matherly of US Outdoor has such a great presence on screen that I wouldn’t dare tread on his lines. Just know that the Ultra Split from K2 is one of the best Splitboards on the market today. If you are serious about taking your adventures beyond the rope, then we suggest listening to what Jeremy has to say. He is a wise and well traveled soul that knows a thing or two about snowboarding… And just about everything for that matter.

2014 Jones Hovercraft Splitboard

Why not trust a splitboard designed by one of the most iconic backcountry snowboarders of all time? WWJD (what would Jeremy do)? The Jones Hovercraft Splitboard opens up the door to the backcountry like the pearly gates open into Heaven. Lets face it, the backcountry IS Heaven. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

The 2014 Hovercraft Splitboard from Jones Snowboards delivers key features that maximize both areas of touring and snowboarding. A mellow Magne-traction and Karakoram clips are features that put the Hovercaraft at the head of the class.

Volcom ‘True To This’ Episodes One & Two

There is no sense in biting the hand of Volcom, as they have continually fed us a genuine brand experience packed with skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding that is both rich in style and loaded with an intense, figurative flavor for over two decades now. Bon appetit! Their approach seduces the palette as if it were somehow laced with MSG. Obviously that is impossible. Nevertheless, Volcom as a brand continues to impress on all levels and lure us into their world… And oh what a wonderful world it is.

‘True To This’ chronicals Volcom and the rise of a brand that has become a household name that has yet to be stripped of its integrity. Bravo! But rather than explain all of this to you, it would be more fun for you to just watch True To This, take it in, and cradle it to your bosom (figuratively speaking). Enjoy.


Pre Season Rep Day Sale! October 19th – 20th

The Rep Day Sale is upon us! October 19th and 20th to be exact…

The  reps have come out of hibernation and are hitting the road, giving us the ins and outs of their products so that we can get you into the gear that is best suited for you, literally and figuratively. But why not experience their knowledge, first hand? Not to take anything away from our shop guys- What I am saying is that there aren’t many opportunities throughout the year where you have the reps from all your favorite brands posted up in the same place at the same time and filling you in on all the juicy details. Not that they are gossip girls or anything like that. This isn’t Comic Con. Although there are a few of the reps (who will be in attendance) that like to nerd out on Comic Con. Again, that isn’t a bad thing. Some reps like comics and super heroes and some like football… but we all love skiing and snowboarding. Game. Set. Match.

US Outdoor Pre Season Rep Day Sale

DC PBJ Snowboard with Jeremy Matherly

Jeremy Matherly of US Outdoor helps paint the picture of the DC PBJ Snowboard which is a great snowboard for Mt. Hood, this time of year.

For skiers and snowboarders, Mt. Hood is a special place that exploits our lust for snow long after all other resorts have arrested their lift operations. Government Camp hosts adventurers of all sorts while High Cascade and Windell’s set up shop to run summer ski and snowboard camps at Timberline. There are pro skiers and snowboarders everywhere, groms a plenty, and of course terrain parks. This is where the DC PBJ Snowboard comes in…

… and yes, kittens, the grotesque kittens created by DC designers. Magical, aren’t they? Jeremy sure thinks so.