Retro Fools Day is an event where everyone grabs their oldest snowboards, and snow gear to dress up and re-live the good ole days of shredding when neon and one-piece suits were essential. Stevens Pass has been hosting the event for 3 seasons now, and this year was the biggest yet. They had a Chinese Downhill race and this year’s highlight: The Stunt Ditch. The Stunt Ditch was a hand-dug halfpipe just like the original halfpipe contests of yesteryear. You could only qualify for prizes if you were wearing old-school gear and were shredding on an old board, preferably the one you had when you first started shredding. There were some Kemper Snowboards, Old Lib-Techs, Wave Rave, Sims, and more. I missed the Chinese Downhill, and spent my morning lapping the Stevens Terrain Park, which is super sick right now. Then at about 2pm the Stunt Ditch opened and the real fun began. It was a highlight to see people bringing back all types of grabs that would never be considered “legit” by today’s standards, and you received extra props if you even knew what trick was what. Jesse Burtner kept asking people to do a “Jay Grab” and I’m not sure anyone including himself could even remember what is was. Jules, Nate, and the rest of the Stevens Crew did it again, and brought another unique event to the northwest. The good times were had by all, and it was another great weekend on the hill.
Retro snowboarders checking out the Stunt Ditch
B-Rad getting Rad on an old Lib Tech
Kyle Phillips Roast Beef Grab
Brian Schaefer on an Old Sims- Leave a comment if you know grab or board model
Lamar Nethod - Leave a comment if you know the rider name and/or what snowboard model this is and year
Tim and Cannon Carlson
Kurt Jenson Stylie Method
Jen Tofe & John Logic from Sno Con
Jen Tofe on a Burton Air
The winner - Ryan Waiste who was throwing huge methods
Holy Moly 2012 was a good ole NW quarter pipe session in the tradition of the “Holy Oly” events where Summit at Snoqualmie pushed up a nice transition and allowed the boarders, skiers, and snow skaters to go crazy. Up for grabs was a whole pallet of Olympia Beer.
Some locs showed up and threw down in the excellent all mountain park and the slushy quarter. The weather was amazing and was some of the first legit spring riding sessions I’ve had since last season. Its so much better to ride park when theres slushy landings. It can be a lot stickier, but the springtime is one of my favorite times to ride. Hopefully some of the Washington resorts can stay open late this year and we can keep riding some really fun park features.
Just some of the many features of the Summit Central Snowboard Park
Patrick McCarthy was throwing down some big tricks
Luke Thorington winner of the Holy Moly 2012
Since the prize was a pallet of Olympia beer, no one went home empty handed
Today we hit the Mt Baker Cat Gap. The conditions were partly cloudy with some extended bluebird skies. The crew was me, Colin Spencer, Madison Ellsworth, and Langer, a filmer from Minnesota/Breckenridge/Snohomish. Luke Thorington showed up to help build, Carson Artec snapped some photos on his Canon 7d and Nick Ennen came out with his dog Luca to snag a few shots. Highlights were the epic sunlight and Colin Spencer snagged a backside 720 that was a definite solid shot for a video part. It was also a successful photo mission, I was able to grab some shots of the cat gap from a few unexplored angles.
Monday, April 2 was a sick day at Mt Baker. It was a surprise bluebird day so Carl Lautenbach decided he wanted to do some drops near the Mt Baker Beast, an area located out of bounds near the top of chair 8. Carl went to do some drops off of the diving board and I filmed him from across the way with the Panasonic HPX-170 while I left my Canon 5d Mark ii filming in a static angle to show the overall size of the mountain. Carl ended up hiking 4 lines and his friend Darren decided to take a couple lines as well. It pays to go to the mountain regardless of the forecast, because the forecast is hardly right anyway.
Been getting more and more into Mac Miller’s debut album Blue Slide Park and just found out he dropped a new mix tape called Macadelic in time for his tour around the world. Sounds like Mac Miller has been super productive.
1. Love Me as I Have Loved You (prod. Ritz Reynolds)
2. Desperado (prod. ID Labs)
3. Loud (prod. ID Labs)
4. Thoughts from a Balcony (prod. Sap)
5. Aliens Fighting Robots (prod. Sir Michael Rocks)(prod. Brandun Deeshay)
6. Vitamins (prod. ID Labs)
7. Fight the Feeling (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Iman Oman)(prod. Iman Oman)
8. Lucky Ass Bitch (feat. Juicy J)(prod. Lex Luger)
9. The Morning After (prod. Two Fresh)
10. 1 Threw 8 (prod. Black Diamond)
11. Ignorant (feat. Cam’ron)(prod. Cardo)
12. The Question (feat. Lil Wayne)(prod. Wally West & ID Labs)
13. Angels (When She Shuts Her Eyes)(prod. Clams Casino)
14. Sunlight (feat. Iman Oman)(prod. Teddy Roxpini)
15. Clarity (prod. ID Labs & Ritz Reynolds)
16. America (feat. Casey Veggies & Joey Bada$$ (prod. Hannibal King)
17. Fuck Em All (prod. ID Labs)