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Earn Your Turns: 101 Months in a Row

March 1st, 2015

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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… 101 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.

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Like Mike says — if you’re really jonesing for some ski turns in the fall, why wait? Just go do it!

In celebration of Mike & Andy’s 101th month (and hopefully hundreds more to come) here is a quick freeflow of thoughts from Mike, and some image highlights from the last 30 or so months.

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.

Sleep eat, repeat.

Let it flow.

 

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words: Mike Traslin

photos: Mike and Andy Traslin

 

 


Having grown up skiing on the North Shore Mountains of British Columbia, the seed was planted early when Mike Traslin’s parents had him on plastic skis by age 3. His passion has remained steady ever since. Being Canadian, it was always Ice Hockey and Skiing in the winter and by the early 80’s it was racing gates and then freestyle Skiing. Once he discovered powder and backcountry skiing Mike was hooked. It’s a sport which combined physical, mental and spiritual benefits with the freedom to explore without boundaries. He and his brother, fellow Osprey Packs Athlete Andy Traslin, have had ski
adventures into the coast and interior of British Columbia, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Yukon and the St Elias Range, on wards to wide open mountain spaces in South America, the steeps of Europe, The Tetons of Wyoming and the Sierras of California and many states and provinces and mountains in between.

 

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Mt. Baker Mustache Couloir — New Ski Variation

May 21st, 2014

Mt. Baker | Osprey Athletes Andy Traslin & Mike Traslin

 

After winter finally showed its snowy face through most of February and March, a weather-window opened and we were eager to take advantage of it. It would be my first time up Mt. Baker in March, (although my 20th time summiting Baker and Andy’s 21st time) so I was keen to make the trip happen.

 

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Jazzercise or Ski Touring

December 17th, 2013

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Stretching the legs out, for some early season skiing, is a good way to get yourself in shape for bigger days later in the winter. JAZZERCISE also works well… but I prefer skiing even if the snow conditions are limited. Mt Baker is just the place to get the ball rolling. Let me know if I’m wrong, but I can’t think of a ski area in North America where you can park at the base, skin past the backcountry gates within 20 minutes, and have two world class mountains — Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker — in plain sight. The North Cascades offer unlimited terrain. It would take a lifetime in this zone, just to scratch the surface.
Words: Mike Traslin

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Summer Skiing on Mount Baker

September 10th, 2012

If you do something enough… does it become the new normal? I am not sure about that. But skiing on the Northwest volcanoes has become a fun tradition. And maybe if turns all year and summer skiing become popular with the masses, it will become the new normal. We’ll see… check out some photos from our latest trip to Mount Baker in Washington State.


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