The Ketchum Contingent jumped in the Smith Optics Van and sent it to Mt. Baker for the 28th Annual Legendary Banked Slalom. Great conditions prevailed with 2+ ft of fresh snow in days prior and bluebird skies for the race. We all gave it our best on the grueling 1:33 sec nautral halfpipe gully course with powder banked turns and ruts that could swallow you whole. Some dudes laid down flawless runs, some scrubbed speed getting bit by the snow snakes, and some tomahawked around the gates. The course was a challenging leg and lung burner. Fighting to stay flight on our edges, remembering...Read More
“The Pioneers are so close to Ketchum, as far as personal missions go, it’s easy”
Says local mountain guide Erik Leidecker. I would agree if we were talking about my usual mode of transportation into the mountains, a Skidoo 800 equipped with snowboard and backpack racks. But when I took ten steps from the slushy snow bank my truck wouldn’t bust through, with a 60 lb pack on my back and my own two feet as my only way forward, ease was the last thing I would call it.
Not far up the skin track, my brother Wyatt and I, the only two snowboarders in a group of 6, realized something we...Read More
Last April after an amazing heli season with SEABA in Alaska, I returned home still hungry for adventure in my own backyard of Idaho. I jumped on the opportunity to fly over the Boulder Whitecloud ranges in a small prop plane to shoot photos and explore from the air. The flight was in preparation for a splitboard trip to join my First Ascent team mates Zach Crist and Eric Leidecker as they traversed the entire mountain range touring by foot and snow camping over 8 days! Chris Coulter and I planned to sled in and re-cash the boys with food as well as join them for a few days camping and...Read More