Shattering stereotypes in the PNW

Grant Gunderson

Skiing in Washington is officially good again. Launch Gallery »

There was enough sun to kill a whole cast of Twilight characters, enough powder to drown any "it-always-rains-there" theories and enough filmers, photographers and athletes toting Mac computers to forget that Microsoft is based up here. Yup, a recent two-week trip in the Pacific Northwest shattered every stereotype the region had.

Mark Abma, Elyse Saugstad, Leo Ahrens and myself joined up with PNW veterans, cinematographer Jeff Thomas and photographer Grant Gunderson, to shoot, slash, spin and shred our way through the filming of a upcoming Salomon Freeski TV episode. Before our arrival, we heard stories of an atypical and extended La NiΓ±a drought in the northwest. The mid-winter dry spell was making it seem as if the preseason hype had jinxed the prophesized colossal snow season. But just like any grisly mountain man will tell you, the weather in the mountains can change quicker than a finger snap. And it did just that in the state of Washington.

I guess I could go on and try to come up with interesting adjectives to describe to you how deep the snow was, how blue the skies were and how rad the terrain is, but I'm not, because honestly, I'm pretty tired from all this super rad, super deep, sunny day skiing. So for you, it's time to stop reading and start looking at the pictures. Launch Gallery »

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