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Early Season Shredding

January 16th, 2013
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It’s been a while since my last post, partially due to laziness, but mostly due to the fact that I’ve been crazy busy. Fortunately for me, I’ve been busy doing what I love most…skiing!

Winter kicked off to an early start in Tahoe, with most resorts in the basin area opening before Thanksgiving. Lucky for us Tahoe folk, we were able to shred hard and get our ski legs under us by early December.

Since then I have been bouncing around North America like a handball in a game of….well, handball. Below are some photos to help tell the story of awesomeness that I have experienced so far this season!

Salomon Team Manager, Jesse Malman, gettin his shred on in Jackson Hole!

Salomon Team Manager, Jesse Malman, gettin his shred on in Jackson Hole!

First trip was mid December. I hooked up with some of the Salomon crew in Jackson Hole where we skied powder for a couple days. It didn’t suck…..after the nice powder fest in Jackson, I headed home to Tahoe for Christmas. I spent Christmas day skiing pow with friends and family at Kirkwood. Santa ended up leaving four plus feet of fresh snow under the Christmas tree this year, what a great guy!

Christmas dinner at my brother's house

Christmas dinner at my brother’s house

I was home for a quick week of snowmobiling, skiing powder and hangin with friends and family.

Sledding into new zones with my buddy Kolbes

Sledding into new zones with my buddy Kolbes

Did I mention it snowed 4 feet for Christmas?

Did I mention it snowed 4 feet for Christmas?

After an amazing week in Tahoe, I threw my sled in the back of my truck and headed North with my lady friend, Casey. We drove 16 straight hrs to Mt. Baker where we met up with Grant Gunderson and his fiance Brandis. When we arrived at Baker we spent our days hiking around, shooting photos and uhh….umm….oh yeah skiing more powder. Woo hoo!

An amazingly blue bird pow day at Mt. Baker

An amazingly blue bird pow day at Mt. Baker

A little Baker side country mission with Cody Townsend, Elyse Saugstad, Adam U and Gunderson

A little Baker side country mission with Cody Townsend, Elyse Saugstad, Adam U and Gunderson

After a fun day of shredding Baker, Casey and I brought in the new year with a good crew, slam dancing and bangin our heads to our friend Adam U’s metal band; Metal Mucil. Needless to say it was loud and awesome! We spent the next day nursing our hangovers before journeying on to the next leg of our adventure in Revelstoke, B.C. for the first stop of the Freeride World Tour.

Kevin O'Meara taking advantage of a weather day

Kevin O’Meara taking advantage of a weather day

We were happy to arrive in Revelstoke just in time for a little powder refresh. It was exciting to be back in the competition atmosphere with high energy and a kind of buzzing energy around the mountain. It was really good to see old friends and make new ones too, hanging out with competitors from all over the World.

Congrats to Drew Tabke for throwing down a sick run and effectively winning the event! Check out his run here http://www.freerideworldtour.com/videos.html and if you’d like to see my fall, you can find it at the same link. Well, it’s been a good start to the season and I can’t wait for more adventure! Till next time, party!