Matt Wainhouse’s 2017 Full Part – Scoring Pow All Winter in Washington State

Not everyone can handle winters in the Northwest but Matt Wainhouse isn’t everyone.

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Matt Wainhouse Full Part 2017 – Deep Snow Surfing in Washington

Matt Wainhouse strapped in and not in his home state of Washington in locations such as Washington Pass, Mt. Baker, and Stevens Pass. He knows where to go when the getting is good in the blustery PNW.

Filmed by Ian Post with additional clips provided by Kurt Jenson, Brian Schaefer, Garrett Read, Ian Wood, Mark Rainery, and Gary Milton.

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Sick Days: The Cascades, Washington

Last season in the Pacific Northwest was a wild rollercoaster ride and SNOWBOARDER senior photographer Mike Yoshida scored.

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Mt. Baker: Oasis – Volume One – A love letter to Mt. Baker.

The first installment of a dreamlike series, Oasis, by Ian Post from Mt. Baker, including Eric Jackson, Jake Blauvelt, and a heavy list of riders!

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Dispatches: 686 in the Cascades

words: Pat McCarthy
photos: Mike Yoshida

After wrapping up an amazing week at Mt. Baker Ski Area for the 30th Anniversary of the Legendary Baker Banked conditions were lining up for the Cascades to be amazing. Having the crew in town for the race was perfect to keep a couple of the boys around for a week of shooting with Yoshida for the 686 GLCR line. I lined up a photo-shoot with 686 team riders Matt Belzile and Matt Wainhouse, with Mike Yoshida behind the camera and video with Liam Gallagher, as well as myself. Dave Tomosson from MoPro’s rolled with the crew as well. Snowmobiles were the means of travel to explore a vast zone that had any type of terrain a snowboarder could ask for.

686 rented a 29 foot RV, grabbed some supplies, and headed out of town to get nestled up in the North Cascades at the base of the snowmobile park, knowing that at this zone I could get to the elevations we would need to find good snow conditions. If the high pressure is brewing, it’s a great place to ride, but when its cloudy (which it usually is), this zone does not work at all. We camped out for a week, exploring, hiking, snowmobiling, split-boarding and locating some amazing terrain. I love sharing places I have found with new riders who are grateful for the opportunity to see a new zone and utilize the skills they have honed at their own locales. The days were long with powder runs, big jumps and step downs, using the undulating natural features to form some amazing hits to snowboard on.

We would ride usually until the sun was setting then head down to the RV to cook food, hang by the bonfire, crush a couple PBR’s and rest our bones for the upcoming day. Sometimes the after-shooting activities are the best: fires, evenings telling stories, cooking together. Sometimes on these trips everything seems difficult to make happen, but this one seemed to progress naturally. I love the Cascades and knowing that Matt Belzile destroys the Whistler, B.C. zone, I knew I would have to show him some amazing terrain to capture his attention.

Special thanks to Dave from MoPro’s for being our GLCR advocate and sled mission leader, Mike Yoshida for the amazing images, and Liam Gallagher for documenting all the video. Matt Wainhouse killed it all week, dropping some huge features and landing some solid freestyle maneuvers off natural terrain. Matt Belzile bagged some insane shots and shipped back up to Whistler to meet back up with The Man Boys. Life was good at the campground and alone deep in the mountains. Thank you 686 and Mother Nature for cooperating with us for the week. Make sure to check out the 686 GLCR line this next season.

Read the full Dispatches: 686 in the Cascades article on Snowboarder Magazine.

Mt. Baker Opening Day 2015

words and photos: Mike Yoshida

Opening day at Mt. Baker was more like opening day for the state of Washington. Luckily Baker is located in spot where it tends to get more snow than the other resorts. With the El Nino storms rolling into the Northwest, we got slammed with almost sixty inches of snow within a week. Opening day was only a matter of time. And for some reason Baker ended up getting the most snow in the whole state, allowing them to open a week before all the other resorts.

Unfortunately, in classic Washington fashion, it warmed up right before the prospective opening and then cooled down pretty good. We were left with good coverage and the whole mountain was open, but the conditions were more or less dust on crust. Regardless, riders from all corners of the state gathered and even some from Canada came to join in on the festivities. What we lacked in fresh powder was made up for with sunny skies, good friends, and a much needed early opener after last year’s drought.

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The SNOWBOARDER Movie: SFD and 686 Seconds: Northwest Premieres

words: Mike Yoshida

Fall in the Northwest is a very exciting time. Rain squalls slowly turn to snowstorms in the hills, the colors of the leaves change, and local snowboarders start to come out of the woodwork from all corners of the state. The northwest leg of the SFD premiere tour was a great time to connect with all the Washington shreds, and the stoke was high once the movies started to roll.

The first stop was Bellingham, Washington. Aslan Brewery was kind enough to offer us their venue to show both the 686 movie 686 Seconds alongside SFD. Pat McCarthy helped out a ton promoting the premiere, and pretty much every snowboarder in town must have shown up, because the brewery was packed to the gills. Local legends the likes of Eric Jackson, Nathan Lind, Pat McCarthy, Nick Ennen, Matt Wainhouse, Liam Gallagher, Morgan “Coonhead” Rose, and Andy Bergensberry graced us with their presence, but the listof attendees goes on and on.

Once the movies started, from intro to credits, there were non-stop cheers and drinks to be had. One thing about the PNW is that the roots of snowboarding run deep here, and the enthusiasm shows at events like this. Alongside some great snowboarding, Aslan provided some amazing craft beer with some solid food from the kitchen. During any visit to Bellingham or Mt. Baker, you can be rest assured these guys will keep your tummy full, and the good times flowing!

Two days later, McCarthy and I headed down to Seattle for the Northwest Film Festival put on by Jeremy Dubs and Dan Manning of Snowboard Northwest Magazine. The Guild on 45th in Wallingford was the all-ages venue for the premiere and it was really cool to watch the movies in a classic old theater. Everyone from groms to NW legends showed up to this one. The Seattle crew had a strong showing, with over 300 people packing the venue. The Guild was a great venue to show all the movies that had circulated through the Northwest. A handful of local edits were played to open up the festival, which closed with the SFD and 686 seconds.

Big thanks to all the people who showed up, and especially the Aslan Brewery, Jeremy Dubs, Dan Manning, Pat McCarthy, and all the sponsors that helped out along the way, 686, Boardworks Tech Shop, Aslan Brewery, Mo Pros, Gnu, Stevens Pass, Mt. Baker Snowboard Shop, and Findlay Hats!

Read the full The SNOWBOARDER Movie: SFD and 686 Seconds: Northwest Premieres article on Snowboarder Magazine.