Powderhound 2010, Backcountry Bend

by on November 18th, 2010
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Last night Pine Mountain Sports hosted the 10th Annual Powderhound at the Tower Theatre which is basically a night of films and photography slide shows of backcountry skiing in Central Oregon with a few random parodies and surf films thrown in to mix things up. The event raises money for the Central Oregon Trail Alliance and Deschutes Country Search and Rescue, but it also seems more like a great excuse for a bunch of ski fanatics to get together, slug back microbrews and show their buddies their adventures from the season before.

Backcountry skiing is illusive, magical and alluring specifically because so few people can get out there. Even if you have a snowmobile, you’ll probably have to do quite a bit of hiking at some point, and slogging through powder carrying a bunch gear is a serious workout, even for those in amazing shape. If you get out there first thing, you’ll get to see the sun rise and reflect off the snow in pinks, oranges and blues. You’ll be the first to cut tracks through fresh powder.

I love nights like Powderhound because they always renew my awe and excitement for the mountains; for having all of this right out the back door. It also makes me appreciate being surrounded but such motivated and passionate people. Some of my best friends Megan Clark and Jason Kramer are out there every weekend like a religion, sometimes leaving the house as early at 5:30 a.m. Jason was featured in Kevin & Molly Grove’s film.

A cozy place to hang your hat: Three Sisters Backcountry has two 20' yurts.

My nextdoor neighbors also “starred” in one of the movies that you can watch below. They run a backcountry skiing guide service out of Sisters called Three Sisters Backcountry. Their guests learn everything from the basics of skinning to avalanche safety. They even have two large yurts below Tam McArthur Rim for skiers to stay in during their adventures.

Here is the video that was made featuring my neighbors Shane and Liz for Powderhound 2010. Nice work guys!

P.S. I’ve always had a dream to have my song “Outside” in one of these mountain films. So if anyone would like to use it, let me know and you can download it free here.

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