MONDAY STOKE: Attack of the Storm Factory

Advanced warning: This video is like 2/3 either intro or uninteresting. Minimal Monday stoke is better than no stoke though.

Fast forward to 1:17 in for first bit of goodness, c’mon, that turn looks NIIIIICE. After that head to about 1:36 and see the typical PNW pow days that I used to long for back when I was doing time in California – deep, low vis, flat light goodness!

A line you haven’t taken at Crystal

Here’s a new line down Crystal, and no line on REX

Speed Flying Crystal Mountain from Jon Malmberg on Vimeo.

TR: Playing snowboards with Kyle Miller

Preface: Up til Friday I’d never met Kyle Miller in person. Originally heard about him by by way of his occasional trip report on splitboard.com and TAY. Noticed he spent a LOT of time in the Crystal Mountain area, which is near and dear to me (well, near is relative right?), and after seeing his epic Olympics TR I knew I wanted to meet up and ride with him at least once this season, plus I figured I owed him a beer for the ‘behindmydeskcantwaittoquitthisfuckingjob’ stoke he provided me and many others. After you’ve read through some of his TRs on his own site and at frequency I think you’ll agree that dude gets after it!

PMs and numbers were exchanged, forecast looked less than stellar, but we both decided what the hell – any day in the mountains is good, and if we happen to get good turns as well than it’s icing on the cake. Plus, my Heavenly riding buddy Kevin had torn his achilles two days prior – made it hard to pass up an opportunity to play in the mountains after having the reminder that the opportunity to play in the mountains can be snatched from you at any moment.

I’ll let the photos do the talking, long TR short the day went from greybird to bluebird, from western to eastern Washington, from ooooooh to OH SHIT! and finished in the bar drinking to new friends and adventures.

Greybird skinning

We set off in greybird conditions, hoping to find the sun

Tree schwacking

Dan skinning

Kyle skins toward the light

Kyle skins toward the light

Sun rays

Sun rays

Kyle scopes a potential line while Dan captures the moment

Kyle scopes a potential line while Dan captures the moment. We sawed off a small piece of cornice here, could have used a Backcountry Bomb!

Mount Ronyay pokes its head out.  At this point I could have used a namesake beer.

Mount Ronyay pokes it's head out. At this point I could have used a namesake beer.

Lunchbreak, eyeing the potential lines.

Lunchbreak, eyeing the potential lines.

Dan snapping photos of the ridiculous scenery

Dan snapping photos of the ridiculous scenery

Lines lines everywhere

Lines lines everywhere

Dan loving the conditions

Dan assesses the snow conditions

...and gives them his seal of approval

...and deems them satisfactory

Kyle assesses Dans assessment of the situation

Kyle assesses Dan's assessment

...and agrees

...and agrees

Kyles jacket, always tough to impress, gives the trip one thumb up

Kyle's jacket, always tough to impress, gives the trip one thumb up

Good trip and good turns, appreciate Kyle Miller and Dan Howell letting me tag along and slow them down. This turns were for you Kevin, hope that achilles heals up in time for next season!

A couple pics from Crystal Mountain ski patrol

A couple mountains from Crystal Mountain ski patrol that I thought were cool as you can see the slabs juuuuust releasing. The first two were setoff using explosives, the last appears to be the victim of a ski cut. Pretty cool pics though!

Like Jimmie Walker says...

Like Jimmie Walker says...

Slab, meet dynamite.  Dynamite, meet slab.

Slab, meet dynamite. Dynamite, meet slab.

Ski cut sets off a slab

Ski cut sets off a slab