Monday, March 19, 2012

Winter Travels Part I: Stevens Pass

Amie Engerbretson experiencing Steven's pow for the first time.

This winter, as most of you have experienced, has been an interesting if not down right frustrating journey in search of snow. The lack of it the first few months was dismal in the Lower 48, and the only place that seemed to be getting any was Alaska. Lucky for me I was able to bypass the slow start and in December headed right up to visit my home resort, Alyeska, to satiate my need for powder. They had received about 300" since the 1st of October by the middle of the December. It was so good I didn't bother to pull out my camera to catch the smiles and tired legs that Cody Townsend and I were experiencing but rather we just lapped pow runs to our hearts content.
Once January hit the snow was still something to be desired in the US. After a few conversations with this amazing guy in the marketing department at Stevens, the infamous Chris Rudolph, it seemed inevitable that I would make my way to Stevens to visit his rad little resort. And once I came across a storm that had potential to turn into something substantial in the Pacific Northwest I pulled the trigger and made my way up to Stevens Pass. There is nothing more exciting than getting on the road in search of pow! It's infectious enough that my girlfriend, Amie Engerbretson, flew into town to join in on my journey.
We met up with Tyler Ceccanti, a ripping rad skier from Crystal, and Ian Coble, the maestro photographer of the area. The storm came in bigger than what was forecasted. Posted up at the little cabin hillside to the ski area (thanks to our gracious host, Mr. Rudolph), we took nothing but advantage of the unending deep, deep snow. Part of the Arcade crew, Tristan Queen and David Bronkie, got sidetracked on their PNW marketing tour for Arcade and found themselves unable to leave Stevens, choosing instead to do nothing but chock on pow and get the A+ treatment Rudolph and the Stevens team always bestow on their guests.
After a week or so of good snow, I headed to Denver for SIA and them immediately to Sicily for a Salomon Freeski TV trip. But I'll get to that in a following post...

Tyler Ceccanti blazing trails in the woods.

The Fun Crew! We're about to drop in to Tunnel Creek for a road lap. Rudolph, Tristan, Bones, Amie, and Ian.

Me playing around in Hollywood Bowl.

Amie finding the light.

Amie and I taking in the wonderful views of Cowboy Ridge. Well, maybe not at this particular moment as we're hamming it up for the camera but yeah, it's really beautiful up there.


  1. Elyse, the scenery is amazing and makes me want to go there and ski but instead I watch it through skiers like you. I love the Salomon FreeskiTV episodes. Keep on shredding.

  2. Nice post - I was skiing Stevens back in December - Had a blast. Small, but you can ski all day and never get bored!

  3. There were so many pretty dresses, cool uniforms, and my goodness the children! I can't think of many cuter things that darling girls running around in pinafores and boys in little wool caps. stevens clan