From suncups to blower pow, huge peaks to bunny hills, North Vancouver brothers Mike and Andy Traslin have been consecutively earning their turns every month of the year for the past... wait for it... 100 months. They're not alone in the endless pursuit of 'turns all year', but they sure are passionate about it. The quest for earning your backcountry 'turns all year' is especially popular with zealous skiers and riders in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and of course here at home in BC. With huge peaks holding snow year round, especially the Cascade Volcanoes, it almost makes you wonder why every skier doesn't do it?
Like Mike says in our Turns All Year webisode, if you're really jonesing for some ski turns in the fall, why wait? Just go do it!
In celebration of Mike & Andy's 100th month, and hopefully 100's more to come, here is a quick freeflow of thoughts from Mike, and some highlight images from the last 30 or so months.
Turns All Year - 100 And Beyond
Earning your turns all year through thick and thin, powder, corn, ice, and rain - 100 months is a pretty good milestone for me.
Summer heat, October rain, January storms. Steady like a long distance runner. One foot in front of another. One ski boot at a time. Out there skiing for the adventure, whether conditions are prime or poor. On hill, up, down, skin, sweat, steep, jump turns, tuck it out, GS turns.
Avalanche reports, weather reports. Flat light, whiteouts, sun cups.
South America, USA , Canada, Cascades, Europe, Japan, Cham, La Grave.
Bike, work, commute, ski mountaineering race, beer league hockey, watch hockey, watch more hockey.
Summits, plummets, Mt Baker, Mt Fuji, first descents, Mt Logan St Elias (new ski lines), 20 Baker summits, 24 spearhead traverses.
84,000 ft chairlift skiing Grouse Mountain, car broken down, going nowhere fast.
Books and magazines. Replaced by Facebook and Twitter. Ski your favourite run to infinity. Brief moment of flow! Freedom of the hills, expression, journey. Break trail. Follow trail.
Raw emotion, passion, obsession. Holy Sh*t! A Canadian company makes a lightweight tech binding.
Sleep eat, repeat.
Let it flow.
Let's finish off with a little throwback to month 95 on Mt Baker, WA, USA...