Snowboarders attack the Sawtooths

Last week I had the pleasure of joining 6 talented snowboarders to the Williams Peak Hut.  The roster included long time pro Mike Basich, Deeper athlete Josh Dirksen, Smith team manager & photographer Cory Smith, 2 local talents Spencer Cordavano and Pat Lee (powexplorer), and photographer Mark Welsh.  We covered the two main Basins, and nailed a number of the classics in very nice snow.  They were psyched to check out what the Sawtooths have to offer, including not only the big classic lines, but the mini golf terrain as well, which are often overshadowed by the larger lines.

Mike Basich, Josh Dirksen, Cory Smith and the Smith Crew snowboarding in profile basin

Not too shabby...


Running around the mountains with a group entirely made of snowboarders (2nd group this year) is just another sign that backcountry snowboarding is really taking off.  Good times “shredding”, hut lounging, classic snowboard booting, cliff hucking, a little split-skiing, and cruising around in good snow.  Look for a story sometime next year in Frequency Snowboard Magazine.  Thanks to Smith and Frequency.

Snowboarder Josh Dirksen boots up a couloir

Dirksen bootin up

Josh Dirksen snowboarding a couloir

As they say "what goes up, must come down"