12 months of skiing in a ROW! Turns ALL Year!
Month 1 – January 2014, Mount St. Helens, Washington
Not much snow to be found on our annual “Ride-N” the New Year’s trip, another return to Mt. St. Helens. We skied the parking lot and called it good.
However, that didn’t really count, so we went back up on the 5th, hiking all the way to Chocolate Falls before any real snow coverage.
Month 2 – February 2014, Mount Hood, Oregon
We finally got some powder! Slaying the silky smooth slopes!
Month 3 -March 2014, Oregon and Montana
March was a really exciting month! First, I got to finally go snow riding with my friend Chandler Johnson from Astoria. He’s a life-long skateboarder and took to the slopes like a fish to water!
Then, an amazing thing happened- SO much snow in Missoula I got to realize a 15-year-long dream to ski Mount Sentinel which is right in Missoula. We ended up skiing the back side of the mountain down to Pattee Canyon, since a week before an extremely rare in-town avalanche on Mount Jumbo killed a woman inside her house. This is not a typical problem in Montana! So, the frontside of the mountain facing town was closed. STILL amazing!!! In-town skiing!!
Month 4 – April 2014, Mount Hood, Oregon
Nothing exciting happened in April, just some trips to Portland’s favorite ski hill. Yeah, over 40 and still hitting jumps!
Oh yeah, and sometimes, I go really fast! 59 mph on skis!!
Month 5 – May 2014, Washington and Montana
May was an amazing month of skiing. A couple different trips to Missoula, and the first time ever skinning with my brother. No, not a typo – skinning is skiing uphill! My brother and I have been backcountry skiing for over 14 years but this was the first time he got to go uphill on his skis!
Then Katt, Johnny and I did a trip up to Carlton Lake below Lolo Peak. Another great weekend in the mountains, next time I’ll decide to wear something other than a BLACK shirt and bandana! HOT!
Month 6 – June 2014, Mount Hood, Oregon
The last time I stood on the summit of Mt. Hood was in 2003! I took my birthday off work and somehow made it to the summit with my skis on a spectacular day! Skiing above the crater was scary, a fall may have ended up in the fumaroles!
Later in the month Katt and I skinned up to the crater and skied perfect corn on the Palmer.
Month 7 – July 2014, Mount Hood, Oregon
What does one do on the hottest day of the year? Go SKIING!!!
Month 8 – August 2014, Mount Adams, Washington, Piker’s Peak
Now comes the hard part for those of us living in the lower 48 states, skiing in August! So I decided on Adams and wasn’t disappointed, although I had to carry my skis to the base of the Crescent Glacier before snow appeared. Initially I had planned to go to the lunch counter, but the face above looked good, so…
This marked my first time skiing in August!
Month 9 – September, Mount Hood, Oregon, Cooper’s Spur
I had waited months for the Cooper’s Spur road to re-open following a fire, and man I wasn’t disappointed- you get up close and personal on Hood’s north side! A must see!
This trip filled in the last blank on my list – skiing in September. If I thought August was hard, oh my God September is way worse! They call them suncups, but they were more like bathtubs!
Month 10 – October 2014, Mount Rainier, Washington
My second time skiing in October, and this couldn’t be beat – driving up through the rain, into the powder, and finding the gate to Paradise (literally) left mistakenly open, forging a path through the foot-deep powder! Hard to top!
My lightweight gloves weren’t doing the trick so I did something I learned from reading Maurice Herzog’s Annapurna– use socks on your hands! Turns out they were way warmer than my gloves!
Month 11 – November 2014, Lolo Pass, Montana/Idaho border
Finally getting some turns back in the homeland, Gnarsquatch (Nick Worden) and I got a quick lap in at the pass before returning to a blow-out Montana Grizzlies game in a blizzard!
Month 12! – December 2014, Mount Hood, Oregon
Katt comes to Portland on winter break, and we get some awesome conditions on Hood –
If you haven’t read it, here’s my first attempt, 10-months straight: 1st attempt at Turn All Year