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Old 08-24-2012, 10:21 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I will say I omitted sidecountry ski areas as it sounded like you didn't want to pay for lift tickets to access the goods. Most resorts in the interior West offer backcountry access gates. Breck, Loveland, Winterpark, Vail, Beaver Creek, Highlands, just to name a few have 'em. Lift tickets at all those places besides Loveland are rather pricey though. Vail does have some of the best accessed side country of anywhere. Known as East Vail.

Washington areas definitely have side country in spades. 7th Heaven at Stevens and the Shuksan Arm at Baker are well known excellent spots. Plus there are many others at the different areas around the PNW.
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:13 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Took me a while to get back to this, i've been working steady and its taken a lot of time. In the process just order a new laptop capable of editing video and working on a telephoto D-SLR for documenting. I'm definitly going to make it up to the PNW, you'll be hearing from me as i head that way. I want to check out the commercial fishing scene up in seattle as that is what i'm doing here in so cal, heard its pretty intense up there. Besides that there are epic mountians, I'd love to get into. CO is on the list to, waiting to hear back from my contact at the resorts there, may not have to pay for lift... I don't know though we'll see.

Other than that i have started a blog and am slowly getting some followers, people hopefully interested in the snowboarding and free spirt atributes of the trip. Regardless, its a personal journey, the only way to fail is to not leave SoCal.

You both seem very knowledgeable, i'm almost certain i will be asking questions as this progresses. T-minus 9 weeks and counting, i'm anxious and definitly nervous too.

Blog link is chasingsnowdreams.wordpress.com

Thanks again
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:03 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I'd imagine you know about Kyle Miller and his "Freerider"...anyway can be seen over at Splitboard.com Forums • View topic - Freerider in its entirety

There are a few folks that do fishing or forest fire stuff out of sea/bham area and then bum in the cascades for the winter.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:17 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I took a look at the video, cinematography is good!

just picked up a voile split desicion 159 with hardware and skins for 500 used once. Splitboarding is now an option and like you guys said opens up more posibilities. The price was right i couldn't pass it upuploadfromtaptalk1348017456709.jpg
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:55 AM   #15 (permalink)
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That is a solid ride. I have a 66 version of that. It's pretty beat. Voile doesn't hold up quite as well as some of the more boutique guys, but you should certainly get a season out of it no problem. Try to get some Sparks if you can. Splitboard bindings make a huge difference. Trust me on that one.

You also just opened the door to not needing to ride a lift at all. Berthoud Pass in Colorado has a huge amount of terrain you can easily access in a day. Plus the popularity means it's easy to fish for partners at the Summit. I've done it a bunch, just look for the guys who are gearing up properly and seem to know the pass. Of course they could suck, but it becomes fairly apparent quickly, and there are lots of safe exits on the pass. Plus most of the passes in Colorado are good backcountry riding spots. Wolf Creek Pass, Red Mountain Pass, Monarch Pass, Vail Pass. Finding partners is easier at some than the others, but great terrain all over.

Put a tail kit on your skins if you haven't already. I think it's $40 for the Spark version and it's excellent. You'll be glad you did.

Shoot me a message when you know you're going to be in Colorado. If schedules work out, I'll be happy to meet you at Bert and do a tour. Maybe some of the other spots too.
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