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The 32nd Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom

The 32nd Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom was a twisting, turning, icy luge with just enough washboard textured snow to chatter an edge out of position and knock you on your keister. Say your prayers couldn’t be a more accurate adage pasted above the start shack of the seemingly endless amount of thigh burning berms. Stay low and be powerful is the name of the game. From a tight knit operations crew who work tirelessly through wind and weather to carve the course, to the hometown feel of a lodge that serves three dollar beers it’s a wonder that more aren’t attracted to Mt. Baker Ski Area nestled in the cascades near the Canadian border. It makes for the perfect...

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It's the Best Time of the Year to Camp

Autumn, the time of year where outdoor softies pack up their tents and sleeping bags and stow them in their closet until more favorable weather comes back. The hordes of people herded like cattle via tour buses subsides leaving you, the bright minded woods goer you are, to take advantage of open roads through some of the States finest swaths of land. Come by night, come by day it’s just warm enough that snowstorms won’t collapse your tent on top of you or leave you stranded in the woods, just cold enough that a morning fire is more welcoming than a cup of joe and just moist enough where the forest service isn’t worried about a rogue ember from that fire to...

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Rabbit Hole: A Backcountry Snowboarding Film

“We set out to make a quick edit. That grew into a really short film, which then grew into what you have now. I guess that’s what happens when you go down the Rabbit Hole though… You lose track of time and realities and just do what feels right.” – Patrick McCarthy, 686 Team Manager Featuring Matt Belzile, Forest Bailey, Sammy Luebke, Phil Jacques, Mary Rand, Matt Wainhouse, Patrick McCarthy, Frankie Devlin and others. Directed and shot by Ian Post, 686 Rabbit Hole will be sure to steal you away from reality, if only for a moment.

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10 Questions w/ Parker White

By: Patrick McCarthy How was the season like working on Lite Years, where did the name come from? Working on Lite Years was sick but also strange. I'm so used to filming webisodes that a lot of the year I felt like we didn't have enough footy or like things weren't going well for the timeline but looking back now I realize I was totally wrong. We've got such a tight knit crew who all understand each other and work super well together. This year an addition to that was Mike King, who has one of the most positive attitudes of anyone I know. All in all, we skied a ton of pow, we got spoiled at multiple cat ops/one...

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