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Friday, February 27, 2009

Bluebird

Days like today don't come around often. The circumstances leading to bottomless days with nothing but blue sky only come along a few times a

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 9:22 PM

 

    Days like today don't come around often. The circumstances leading to bottomless days with nothing but blue sky only come along a few times a year, if at all.
    These days validate us, at least our reasoning behind strapping a stick to our feet and sliding downhill. The early mornings, the injuries, the thousands and thousands of dollars spent over the years are all justified by these perfect days.
    As the day wore on our legs wore out from the hot laps on the backside. The powder fields became moguls and the sun dipped behind the mountain. Driving home the clouds rolled in and covered Mt. Bachelor's peak, the beginning of another storm.

Guy Olson lays into a slash on the backside 


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Monday, February 23, 2009

Division Street Skate Park

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    On Friday night The Poet House hosted an art auction to raise money for the construction of the Division Street Skate Park.
    The donation only event was a silent auction for skate decks painted, heat transferred, screen-printed, photo emulsified and developed, and a myriad of other mixed media art.
    As the drinks went down and the crowd got loose the bidding on a few of the skate decks heated up.
    One deck in particular, a Burning Man contraption driving through the Deschutes National Forrest painted by Adam Haynes, skyrocketed from a few hundred dollars to over $600, finally ending at an even $1000.
    Check out www.divisionstreetskatepark.org for more info on the project and to donate.

$1000 skate deck "The Caddyshack"

Future site of the  Divistion Street Skate Park.


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Thursday, February 12, 2009

100 inches

Mt. Bachelor eclipsed 100 inches of base depth with the snowfall last night. Like every year, the milestone is celebrated by raffling off swag and

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    Mt. Bachelor eclipsed 100 inches of base depth with the snowfall last night. Like every year, the milestone is celebrated by raffling off swag and giving away pint glasses.
    A healthy crowd showed up at the bar in hopes of taking home free crap to sell on ebay. It actually wasn't all crap. They had some big ticket items (aka snowboard and skis) saved for the end.
    The one problem with a party based on snow depth is that inevitably there is fresh powder that day. While I listened to the MC Alex Kaufman raffle off swag and admired the bottom of my pint glass my eyes were being drawn to the hill, mostly just wanting to be back out there.

 

Swagmaster Alex 


 
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Top 5 Cheap Eats

Lets face it we're all getting strapped for cash. Still there's nothing worse than a long day in the mountains and coming home to a

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Lets face it we're all getting strapped for cash. Still there's nothing worse than a long day in the mountains and coming home to a house sans food, piecing together some farce of a meal from a packet of ramen a week old hot dog and a carrot.
    So as my gift to you I have rated my top 5 post-shred cheap eats.

#1 The Taco Stand
    The Taco Stand is an institution in Bend. They've been wrapping delicious burritos for years, decades even, and are still the best deal in town.
    A restaurant only open until 4 p.m. might fly under most people's radar for after mountain food, but the $2.50 bean rice and cheese and delicious daily specials are worth calling it a day a little early.

#2 Inn of the 7th Mountain
    They say there's no such thing as a free lunch. That may be true, but when you're looking for some post mountain munch there is free chili. The Inn's Rimrock Bar offers complimentary chili chips and cheese during it's après ski hours (3-6).
    An added bonus is the resort's participation in the Mt. Bachelor "Flash Your Pass" promotions. A season's pass will get you 20% off anything.

#3 Parilla
    One dollar Pabst pounders. Two dollar tacos. The possibility of live music. Need I say more, because I will... Pitchers of margaritas.

#4 Pizza Mondo
    I once got in an argument with some dude at Sidelines over beer and pizza. He claimed the two weren't a good combo. I think we can all agree the guy was an idiot. Or I was the idiot for arguing with him. Either way Mondo still has a killer after mountain slice and brew special.
    The downtown location is also a plus so you can hang out in your snowpants and boots and show everyone how cool you are.

#5 Ray's Deli
    Ray's has a special place in my heart. Not for having the only Westside liquor store, not for the cornucopia of choices, or for their bulk food/free sample aisle, but for their bagel sandwiches and cheap coffee.
    Sandwich and coffee for under $4. Yes please.
 


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Friday, February 6, 2009

New Snow

We've finally been graced with a little snow fall in the mountains. The high pressure system that sat over our area for a month has

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 9:44 AM

We've finally been graced with a little snow fall in the mountains. The high pressure system that sat over our area for a month has dispersed and now we have some storm systems lined up across the North Pacific. Look forward to a nice snowy February. 

If you're planning on venturing into the backcountry, do so with caution. The solid sheet of ice we have makes for a very unstable layer. Avalanche danger will be high. 


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Monday, February 2, 2009

Tre Bizarre

Volcom's Blizzard Bizarre, part rock tour part shred trip, is rolling through Bend tomorrow night. The group has been working their way up north shredding

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Volcom's Blizzard Bizarre, part rock tour part shred trip, is rolling through Bend tomorrow night. The group has been working their way up north shredding by day and rocking by night courtesy of Tweak Bird and Kandi Coded. The drunken debauchery meter is high on this trip. Note the photo of Skylar Thornton rushing the stage for the Transworld Awards "Rider of the Year" in Las Vegas.

Travis Rice does not look happy.

If face melting guitar riffs weren't enough, Kandi Coded features snowboard legend Jamie Lynn on the guitar. Wait scratch that I probably should have said his riffs were cold as ice. If he can play the guitar half as good as he tweaks a method we're in for a hell of a show.

 Blizzard Bizarre takes over The Summit Saloon at 9 p.m.

 
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