PNW — Get Your Ski Stoke On — Pre-season Events

Post by blogger | October 17, 2015      

Winter is coming!

No, not a TV show, something much more fun, and real. Ski season is almost here and pre-ski season is the time for ski movies, avy education events, and ski-burning parties.

A few events have already passed by. I went to NWACs Snow-Bash last weekend, and it was a blast. It’s a party in the name of avalanche safety. Who could say no to that? Snow-Bash was a great way to catch up with ski buddies and support a good cause.

Also in the past few weeks: TGR’s Paradise Waits came to Seattle. I’ve been watching TGR movies as far back as I can remember. They never fail to stoke me up for the ski season. This one was no different.

But that’s not all. There are quite a few events happening soon in the Seattle area. Check it out:

Avalanche educational events coming from NWAC:

  • October 22 — Going Deep. It’s “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Avy Forecasting (But Were Afraid to Ask): An Evening with the Staff of the Northwest Avalanche Center.” Some education or experience is recommended, but everyone is welcome. Seattle REI, tickets are $10.
  • November 19th — The second part of the series, “Going Deep Session 2: Recreate like a Pro.” It has a focus on human factors. Check out the facebook event or NWACs website for more info.
  • October 30 — When I was living in Bellingham, I volunteered for the local Mountain Rescue. They have an annual fundraiser. This year it’s a slideshow with local alpinist and guide Martin Volken. Should be fun; they usually have a bounty of raffle items. If you’re up in Bellingham check it out.

    November 8 — Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop (NSAW). I’ve been to this event many times before, and it’s awesome. The workshop spans a full day and provides an in-depth, advanced look at several aspects of avalanche safety. It’s geared towards professionals or those with education and experience. Speakers include PhDs, guides, avalanche forecasters, climatologists, among others. I’m psyched for this one.

    In addition to those more advanced classes, NWAC also puts on FREE avy education nights during the fall throughout the Puget Sound area. They are great for anyone who ventures into the backcountry, or is interested in starting. There’s too many to list here, but they have a full calendar on the NWAC site.

    December 3 — SheJumps focuses on getting more girls into the backountry. They’re a terrific organization, and put on a variety of events throughout the year. Coming up is a Tune/Stoke night at K2 headquarters in Seattle. If you’ve got the right chromosomes, or know someone who does, check it out. Sounds like a fun party. They’ll have Elysian beer and lots of raffle items.

    Ski movies are always good for pre-season stoke. Here’s a short list of some around the Puget Sound area:

    October 16 (Seattle), October 17 (Portland), October 18 (Bend) — Sweetgrass Productions’ new film Jumbo Wild at Feathered Friends in Seattle. Jumbo Wild is produced with Patagonia, and focuses on locals’ fight against a mega resort in the Purcell Mountains of British Colombia. Should be very interesting. It’s free, and first come, first serve, so get there early. More info here, and a facebook event here

    October 25 — MSP’s Fade To Winter. Facebook Event here, and tickets here.

    October 27 — Black Diamond has started up their own film tour this year. It looks pretty cool, and they are showing all three episodes at Feathered Friends in Seattle on 10/27. Facebook event here

    November 17 — On the hilariously bad side of things, there’s another bad movie night happening at the Mountaineers clubhouse. I went to the last one and had a blast. No word on what movie it is yet. My vote’s for the classic Aspen Extreme. Chinese downhill Teej!

    December 9 — The BANFF Mountain Film Fest is coming to Seattle. There’s usually some sort of winter sports in the mix, and I always enjoy their selection of films.

    Whew! Lots of events. I’ll be at most of these. See you there!


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    7 Responses to “PNW — Get Your Ski Stoke On — Pre-season Events”

    1. Lisa Dawson October 18th, 2015 12:11 pm

      I can’t emphasize the importance of avalanche training enough. Lou and I attend several events every year and it’s always a rewarding educational experience. Plus, it’s a fun powwow with the tribe. If you ski in the backcountry, avi ed should be a inherent part of your season.

    2. Lou Dawson 2 October 18th, 2015 12:48 pm

      Lisa didn’t mention that I also make sure she enters at least one Chinese downhill, which usually occurs somewhere near Innsbruck, at night. Me, I coach. (grin) Lou

    3. hairymountainbeast October 19th, 2015 10:06 am

      We’ll be backing off on the raffle scene this year at the Bellingham Mountain Rescue event but instead will have beer on tap from two local breweries this year!

    4. Louie III October 19th, 2015 6:27 pm

      Good to know, thanks for the info! Sounds fun!

    5. SteveG October 19th, 2015 10:45 pm

      Wait!! I need an avy class before I go to see the awesome 3 day showing at the North Bend Theater? Actually, good advice Lisa. This year is the year. I promise. I already have my 3 day Banff Mountain Film Festival pass or I wouldn’t have posted as it sells out quickly. A great way to support the local Mountain Rescue. Buy a lot of pizza and beer for a good cause!!

    6. Lisa Dawson October 20th, 2015 11:08 am

      @SteveG. Mama Bear says you’ve got to take an avy class, but if you eat your veggies, you can go to the Banff Mountain Film Fest first. Have fun and thanks for supporting Mountain Rescue.

    7. JBJ October 21st, 2015 9:11 am

      I’m not sure how NWAC managed to schedule the first session at the same time as a Seahawks game (against the 49er’s!). That being said, last year’s “Going Deep” series was great, definitely worth attending.

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