February rolled around pretty quickly this year and with the indecisive winter weather in California, I opted to head North with the Standard Films Crew to start putting together a video part for the new movie, “2112”. I loaded my snowmobile, and packed my truck for an indefinitely long road trip, and directed myself to the Northwest. Our first stop, Mount Baker in Washington.
When I arrived at Mount Baker, I was in Awe. I had heard so many incredible stories about that legendary and mystical mountain but seeing it in person far exceeded any picture that I had in my head. The terrain was endless and the views were captivating. With a few amazingly deep powder days on the resort, a few days hiking in the side country, and my first experience witnessing the Baker Banked Slalom, I decided to head into beautiful British Columbia.
Though the season had a slow start in BC, this region was sitting on the highest base around North America. Watching it snow and waiting for blue window is the normal routine when filming a video part and the Northwest always defines these “hurry up and wait” cycles the best. After bouncing around from Whistler, to Red Mountain, to Revelstoke, I have been back in Whistler for a month. What I thought would be a couple week stint in BC, has now turned into a two-month trip away from California.
Fortunately, we have had a few stellar blue-sky days, and have been blessed with uncountable deep, deep days of powder riding. One of the many highlights I had this season was being able to join up with my husband’s film crew, Nimbus Independent. Being able to ride with this all skier crew in the backcountry was such a motivating experience because skiers and snowboards tend to look at terrain differently. These guys taught me so much and were so optimistic about having a girl on their crew, which isn’t always the case. All together this crew made me more confident and helped me put together so unique footage for Standard Films new movie.
Honestly, this season has been a tough one for filming a video part because of the unpredictable weather patterns and high avalanche danger. However, looking back at all the epic days we did get in the back country I am confident that these last two months have produced a fun storyline of footage for my video part.
Now that it’s the middle of April, and the spring cycles of warm weather have rolled into BC, I am once again packing up but this time it’s to head back down to California for Snowboarder Magazine’s Ms. Superpark and a park shoot at my home mountain, Mammoth Mountain! Let the spring park riding commence…
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Happy Spring Everyone.