Pros and amateurs, men and women, young and old descended on Mount Baker last weekend for snowboarding’s oldest competition, the Legendary Banked Slalom. Now in it’s 24th year, the event is still going strong. I was just stoked that the sun came out for a bit and I got to see and ride with a lot of friends, some of which I don’t run into all that often these days.
I’ve had this idea kicking around my head for a couple weeks now and thought I saw an opportunity to make it happen. The concept was a night shot on this Nike 6.0 car box thing set up at Summit. Mark and I cruised over to the box and I started setting up. I fire off a test shot or two to make sure the light looks good and Mark drops on it. He hikes it a couple of times, starting to get comfortable on it, I find an angle I really like, and what do you know? Ski patrol comes over to boot us. Apparently, this park in particular is closed at night. At least she was nice about it and didn’t come over shouting at us (like the other ski patrol fellow screaming over from the lift). I still want another shot at this. Anyone up for round 2?
Last weekend was the Cowboy Up Junior Freeskiing Challenge, a leg on the IFSA North American Junior Freeskiing Tour, at Stevens Pass. I headed up with Andy, who is coaching a group of kids from Crystal Mountain in the tour, to shoot some photos of the event. I packed a little heavy…
All of the event photos that Andy and I took can be seen here, but these are some of my favorites. Special thanks to John Barcie with Mountain Challenge, IFSA, and Stevens Pass for putting on the event!
New portfolio in the works. I’m going to try out blurb.com and have a book printed up instead of doing my own prints and stuffing them in those cheap plastic sleeve things. I’m a little nervous about not being able to do my own color matching for print, but we’ll see…
Well, we’re going on three weeks of no snow now here in the northwest, and on top of it, I have to bury my old trusty Powerbook. She lived a good life and served me well, but another dead hard drive out of warranty and it’s time to call it quits.
Not sure what I’ll get for a new computer but for now I’ll be working off of my wife’s MacBook (which is actually 4x or so faster but with a glossy screen… verdict is still out). At least there’s still park laps and parking lot beers to hold us over until this dry spell end. Come on snow!
My buddy Barry recently decided to elevate his Lot 4 status at Alpental from “just some kid with a snowboard who daytrips to the mountain” to “burly mountain dude that lives in his camper.”