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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Stimulating

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 11:23 PM

Mt. Bachelor is doing its part to help cushion the blow of our floundering economy with an awesome shredonomic funulus package.
Kids and Teens can ride for free with an adult purchase of a multi-day pass. Bachelor will double multi-day tickets bought online, offer $29 tickets for guests of season pass holders from Sunday- Friday, and $29 super midweek school skip specials from Tuesday-Thursday with advance purchase.
At least this stimulus package won't be given to multi billion dollar companies who should have taken measures to avoid bankruptcy in the first place.

On a different topic, I have been known to take the occasional rib at Mt. Bachelor. All weather related shutdowns and lift malfunctions aside, Bachelor IS making strides toward repairing the rift that opened between PowderCorp and the locals. This most recent ticket deal is another move in the right direction in repairing their public perception and will most likely be economically advantageous to everyone, especially my friends who didn't get passes this year.
 


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Friday, January 23, 2009

Bend is Killing it.

So someone at Fuel TV is really liking Bend. In the recent installment of "Snowboard Diaries," a documentary style show that follows some of the

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 1:10 PM

So someone at Fuel TV is really liking Bend. In the recent installment of "Snowboard Diaries," a documentary style show that follows some of the best riders in the world through a winter season, they tail Hampus Mosesson, and Jacob Wilhelmson as they film for their new production company Actionhorse Films.

 They crew meets up in Bend to sample Hames Ellerbe's park and meet up with Bendite Austin Smith.

A warning to Bachelor Season Pass holders from last season: watching this may in fact piss you off, seeing Bachelor shut down for the end of the season with snow still falling, and bluebird powder days. Why oh why did they close so early?

To see the entire Actionhorse production "Pony Tale" go to www.actionhorsefilms.com/ponytail/ 


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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Weekend Forcast

Finally we are going to be graced with a little snow in the hills. Although I was having fun ripping down groomers and spraying people

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Finally we are going to be graced with a little snow in the hills. Although I was having fun ripping down groomers and spraying people who stand on the downslope of hills. Which, by the way, I am officially going to endorse as a training tool for the sprayee. What better way of helping someone learn where a safe place to stop is than an icy misting in the face.

 As you can see I have diagrammed the proper location for optimal face spray teaching potential.

Getting back on track... Ah yes the snow. Some weather outfits predict between 4 and 8 inches which would be nice. Although it will be more like dust on crust, some windblown spots will be very nice indeed.


 


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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Josh Dirksen on Fuel TV

Check out Bend's Josh Dirksen on Fuel TV's "Firsthand," a series that profiles the lives of athletes from all sorts of fun sports.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Check out Bend's Josh Dirksen on Fuel TV's "Firsthand," a series that profiles the lives of athletes from all sorts of fun sports.

 

 


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Friday, January 16, 2009

Clean Pipes

Bachelor got their pipe cut just in time for this weekend's Enter The Dragon competition. The park crew has really been putting in the hours

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Bachelor got their pipe cut just in time for this weekend's Enter The Dragon competition. The park crew has really been putting in the hours to make all our jumps nice every day, and they groomed the pipe two days in a row which is a first. 


Bachelor got their pipe cut just in time for this weekend's Enter The Dragon competition. The park crew has really been putting in the hours to make all our jumps nice every day, and they groomed the pipe two days in a row which is a first.  

The sun and slush made for perfect park conditions.

The super sunny warm conditions were perfect for a little après ski, and by après ski I mean beer and hotdogs.

 

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

January Sun

Our region has been bombarded by sun recently. Unfortunately sun in January usually means ice, and this is no exception. One ill advised run on

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Our region has been bombarded by sun recently. Unfortunately sun in January usually means ice, and this is no exception. One ill advised run on summit, although nice to look at, had me pointing it across long patches of ice to shaved ice moguls and onto more ice. The nice weather has melted all the ice off the trees and let the crews focus on getting the park dialed and getting caught up on maintenance.

The terrain park crew has been doing an amazing job with the parks this year. The flow is better than in recent memory, keeping the train of neon clad park rats moving and not standing at the top of every jump and rail. The MBSEF crew was out in force. Justin was getting some.
 

 


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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Riverboarding

With this uncharacteristically warm and mild weather in town and wet at best conditions up in the mountains, my attentions have been slightly diverted. Trying

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 2:46 PM

With this uncharacteristically warm and mild weather in town and wet at best conditions up in the mountains, my attentions have been slightly diverted. Trying to stay constructive, I focused my energy on some summer sport fun and construct a new riverboard.

  For those unfamiliar with this amazing sport, it involves fast moving water, essentially a giant skimboard and either a bungee or garage door spring. Thanks to Guy Olson for the video.

River Boarding; A Rapid Movement from G-Force on Vimeo.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Rain Day

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Rain days in the winter are lame. When the snow level skyrocketed to 8,000 feet I knew Frosty didn't have a chance.


What does come out of our temperaturely challenged week is a solidified snowpack that is good for pushing around with snow cats making fun park jumps that will hold up in the spring. Just don't expect to see me at the hill wearing a rain poncho.


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Monday, January 5, 2009

World's Awesomest Winter Sports Blog!

Is here! Stay tuned for upcoming posts about backcountry romps, snow conditions, renegade tobogganning, plus the occasional Steelhead Falls slip and slide.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 11:58 PM

Is here! Stay tuned for upcoming posts about backcountry romps, snow conditions, renegade tobogganning, plus the occasional Steelhead Falls slip and slide. 


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The Good and Bad of the Holiday Weekend

I know of people who swear off going to the mountain during the holidays, let alone the last holiday weekend when every vacationer in the

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 7:34 PM

I know of people who swear off going to the mountain during the holidays, let alone the last holiday weekend when every vacationer in the county goes up to get in runs before they go to work the next Monday.
It's usually these same people who end up complaining about not having enough good days at the hill.

The New Year started out great for snow conditions. Even though temps rose above freezing and formed a thin ice layer, another cold front hit the area and dropped another foot or so of snow. High winds caused Bachelor to shut down Pine Martin, and Friday's snow accumulation sat untouched.
When it all cleared Saturday, those of us brave enough to battle absurdly long lift lines had some of the best turns this year under a bluebird sky. When Bachelor finally opened up Northwest at noon the race was on for fresh tracks.


Sunday, the runs packed down to ice and most people drove home. Everyone that stayed when Summit opened up for a sneak peek got to tear up Cows Face.
Ski Patrol wouldn't let anyone go off the backside for some reason. They claim avalanche danger, but for $70 a day and $1000 a season they should have blasted the previous day. I hiked up and over from Northwest  Saturday afternoon and it was epic.

All in all the weekend was rad.
 


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