Backcountry Skiing

Spring Skiing Doesn’t Get Any Better | Mount Shasta and Shastina Conditions Report

May 17th, 2012 by

This past weekend I had the fortune of remembering why the Mt. Shasta area is arguably one of the highest quality spring skiing centers known to skiers and riders. With … Read More

Ring of Fire Mega Trip Report | Alpenglow Sports

May 15th, 2012 by
mt. jeff BG icefall

Although most of the lower 48 experienced lackluster snow totals this season the Pacific Northwest (PNW) did just fine. They’re still reaping the benefits with a stellar season of spring … Read More

Josh Anderson as SaucerBoy….. you want to watch this VIDEO

May 14th, 2012 by

Back in January and February when we weren’t sure that Squaw would stay open until March, Josh Anderson and I decided to have some fun. The snow was non-existant and hardly pow, so we came up with creative ways to pass the days on the hill. Everybody loves SaucerBoy so why not go play the part for a day or two and see what happened? The response was amazing. People were yelling from the chairlifts, taking pictures, and super stoked on the whole thing.   Josh has dressed up as SaucerBoy for various events, and plays the character really well so it was funny.

Saucer Boy

If you haven’t dressed up as SaucerBoy I would suggest that you try it out. Feel out your inner Shane and the SaucerBoy in all of us. The looks, responses, and gawking was certainly worth it and I think Shane would have been proud. Thanks Shane for making these kinds of things funny and fun to do. 




May 10th, 2012 by

It’s that time of year already, it’s time to get creative. Maybe a bike ride through the gate up to Ebbett’s Pass, a dirt bike access mission on the Eastside, … Read More

Super sick Squaw VIDEO from this winter, most G.N.A.R. points?? did anybody see this?

May 8th, 2012 by
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I’m not sure who had the most G.N.A.R. points at Squaw this winter, but Aaron Fox had to be close. If you want to know what it feels like to ski a lot of the Squallywood lines at Squaw, the POV of it is right here. It is 6 minutes long, but there are a lot of the lines in Squallywood in this edit. Skip to the :53 second mark to get to the actual skiing. Hatchett Line at 1:10, Smooth air at 1:16 looks perfect, Straightlining Box chute the way its supposed to be skied at 1:19, The Gate at 1:25 My air at 1:33, Colemans alternate slides at 1:44, Ring Finger at 2:11, Jt’s Air at 2:36,  Center Line in the Chimney at 2:41, Rock Maze at 4:55, Smooth air POV at 5:03, Voltage Rock at 5:17, The triple at 5:10,  Center Line in the Chimney again at 5:21, Diving board at 5:28, and POV of the Gate at 5:41.

This edit was also dedicated to Benny Brackett. RIP BUDDY.

Eastern Sierra Rescue Update | Missing Skier Found

May 7th, 2012 by

According to The Record Courier, the body of skier Boris Avdeev, who had not been heard from since an April 19th visit to the Eastern Sierra backcountry, has been recovered. … Read More


May 3rd, 2012 by

A wind event, 6-8″ inches of powder, and some of the best spring snow of the season-it must be May. Although the Sierra snowpack is low and dwindling fast there … Read More

A Day In The Tahoe Backcountry With The Sierra Avalanche Center

May 1st, 2012 by

It’s that time of year when our beloved Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC) stops issuing daily avalanche advisories. Due to a tight budget SAC is only able to operate from the … Read More

Mt Hood, Cooper Spur: Backcountry Conditions

May 1st, 2012 by
The author rippin some wind buff at 9,500' on Mount Hood's Cooper Spur.

This tour turned out to be a blessing.  With a bleak, rainy forecast we planned on climbing in thick cloud and skiing in mush.  What we got was the complete … Read More

Mt Saint Helens: Backcountry Conditions Report

April 30th, 2012 by
Matt skis a rib of the Monitor Ridge with Mt Adams in the background

This ski tour started out as so many in the Pacific North West: warm and wet.  With a perpetual low pressure forecast, we weren’t expecting great ski conditions.  Or even visibility … Read More