| October 16 – 19, 2016 | Snow. Millions of magical, tiny frozen wishes falling softly in the mountains. Piling up on the roads, on the trails, in the trees, in my dog’s fur, and on my smiling face. IN MID-OCTOBER. I saw the weather advisories. Kind of in disbelief, really. I’d skied in October […]Read more "October Magic"
| Summer 2015 | Skiing all year is a funny thing. I love skiing so much that I never want it to end. When the more sane members of mountain communities are months into their transition from skis and snowboards to bikes and boats, you can find me high on a mountain looking for something […]Read more "Ski Fun in the Summertime"
| May 2nd, 2015 | An annual spring climb and ski of South Sister is a well-loved tradition among the backcountry skiing community in Bend. For those without snowmobiles, the annual opening of the Cascade Lakes Highway to vehicles enables the first easily accessible volcano skiing in our area. Snowmobiling down the road wasn’t an […]Read more "South Sister Season Opener 2015"
February 6 – 9, 2014 Like every good ski story, this one has a classic beginning: it hadn’t snowed. In a REALLY long time (which could be a week, could be a month; every snowless winter week feels like an eternity). I had enrolled in an AIARE Level 2 avalanche course the month prior with […]Read more "Adventures in Avalanche Education (or, How I Survived My AIARE Level 2)"
May 10, 2013 Roll Call: Loren Griswold, Erik Schmidt, and Lindsey Clark A very romantic-looking NE bowl Every time I see Mount McLoughlin my heart skips a beat. Taller than anything else for 200 miles in every direction and almost perfectly symmetrical, McLoughlin has a distinctly Fuji-esque essence. Maybe we should start calling it McLoughlin-San! […]Read more "Skiing the Prettiest Mountain in Oregon: Mount McLoughlin"
April 26, 2013 Roll Call: Asit Rathod, Charlie Nesbitt, John Pew, Humaira Falkenberg, Frank Palermo, Erik Schmidt, and Lindsey Clark Making some fun turns on West Crater Rim. Photo by Erik Schmidt. On Thursday during my lunch break, I happened to check out facebook and noticed a new message. It was from Asit Rathod: the […]Read more "Mt. Hood Climb’n’Ski!"
March 23, 2013 Roll Call: Court Brock, Erik Schmidt, and Lindsey Clark A special visitor came to town from Tahoe, interested in skiing big lines and good snow. You know what that means… we headed to Broken Top. The plan was to ski Pucker first, then traverse over to the crater to ski whatever […]Read more "Operation Track Out Broken Top"