Marley in the Mts…The Gathering…West-topia this weekend!

 

Fall is upon us! Come out and celebrate Sun Valley’s lifestyle on September 22nd-25th at “The Gathering”. Mountain Niceness Productions is proud to announce its fall Marley in the Mountains concert as part of Sun Valley’s “The Gathering” . For more information please visit http://www.sunvalley.com/gathering/. The gathering will premiere 8 of the top ski and snowboard films in the industry. Marley in the Mountains kicks off another weekend of world class reggae and organic events.

 

West-topia-VW Gathering sponsored by Mt Niceness Productions,Go-Westy,Matt Garner Metal Works

VW gathering/tailgate is taking place at the Gathering Weekend at Sun Valley.  Bring out that old Bus, Beetle, Vanagon, and Westys.  Tailgate before catching the amazing movies and the legendary Itals at the Marley in the Mountains Concert.  Special FREE VW-West-topia overnight camping all weekend at the parking lot across from the Sun Valley hockey rink.
 

Friday Night Club Show
On Friday night get ready to be blown away with a special performance by Jamaican artist Messenjah Selah . Selah will be backed by the man they call DJ Vision and Lions Den Unlimited Soundz. Plus all the way from Italy DJ Shera and Boom Draw Sound

Roosevelt Tavern 10PM
 
 
 
Saturday Marley in the Mountains Concert is featuring Grammy nominated 7 piece band from Jamaica-The Itals.  The Ital http://www.myspace.com/theitals make there first Sun Valley appearance.  A rare treat to see these Jamaican legends in Idaho. 
 
 
 
 
Snow Salutations- Community Yoga offering  – Sunday 10am Ketchum Town Plaza
Back by popular demand! Sno-ooolllmmmm! Last years Snow Salutations’ seemed to work as over 90 people practiced yoga together in the town plaza. Look we were blessed with great snow last season….lets call on ULLR! 

 
 
 
All-access Weekend Festival Pass only $35 –
*20+ hours of entertainment
*8 new ski and snowboard movies
*2 Nights Concerts/Shows
*2 Sound Systems
 
Tickets Available:  SV/Ketchum Visitor Center,Sun Valley Rec Office,Atkinson’s markets.
Buy online at sun valley
 
*pre-sale ticket buyers will entered into a raffle to win a 20/20 Ski Pass plus other amazing winter gear!
 
 
About Mountain Niceness Productions
Mountain Niceness Productions is inspired by nature, guided by love and blessed with music. MNP creates world-class events that everyone can afford and enjoy to the fullest extent, share experiences and continue to spread the good feeling of mountain culture, acceptance and
niceness.

Mt.Niceness~West-topia Tour….K2 Skis World Headquarters-Seattle,WA

 

Since I was in Seattle I had to visit my ski sponsor K2 at their World Headquarters.  The place was buzzing with stoke for the upcoming season.  It was great being around  people who love skiing with as much passion as I do.  It really shows in all the amazing new gear that is coming out!   I received the sweet tour from Ski Designer Ken Schiele and got see to see how the best skis in the world are made.

 

View of Seattle from the ferry from Bainbridge Island

 

K2 Recycle bins

 

Really cool watching how skis are made.

 

K2 chopper

 

Legend Doug Coombs

Check out all the new amazing skis

http://k2skis.com/skis/adventure

 

 

West-topia Tour….Hood Canal,WA

Hood Canal separates the Kitsap Peninsula and the Olympic Peninsula.

Hood Canal is a fjord forming the western lobe, and one of the four main basins, of Puget Sound in the state of Washington. Hood Canal is not a canal in the sense of being a man-made waterway—it is a natural waterway.

After surfing in the cold pacific is was nice to be in the heat.  Believe it or not the water in canal was the warmest in the Puget Sound.  We were based out of Dabob Bay.

 

 

 

 

July skiing on Mt.Hood

Well the Pacific NorthWET has lived up to its name.  I skipped skiing Mt St. Helens as the rain continued to pour down.  A quick stop in Portland and the Westy was rolling to Mt. Hood and the K2 house in Government Camp.  The K2 house was very sty-lee I must admit.  You know you are in the right place when ski bindings are the door handles!  Athletes Anna Segal and Andy Mahre along with others have been hanging and training at Hood this summer. Todd Bracher is the the man keeping the stoke level at high and the house and skis rolling.  Yes- its the full ski vibe in the summer and I feel right at home!

The Mt Niceness~West-topia ski objective was to climb and ski Mt. Hood with Andy Mahre.  Andy has been coming here since he was 11 with his dad Steve. He mentioned that this year is one of the most filled in he has seen.  It’s funny that you start the tour by taking the chair (Thanks Timberline for pass!).  We even decided to take a warm-up run through the white out before starting our climb.  The clouds cleared some as we had a real mellow and chill climb to the summit.

 

Mt.Niceness- july Skiing Mt. Hood  Enjoy this video from my tour with Andy Mahre from Mt. Hood.

 

K2 House at Government Camp

The skies cleared up for moments on our hike.

 

Skinning to heaven?

Big Thanks to Beyond Coastal for the great sun care and looking after this Irish kid when out in the sun.    The sun is really intense on the glacier.

We didn’t stop in this section because of the stinky sulfer smell from the volcano.

 

Lovely snow on the summit!

The skies cleared up for some our descent.  The run turned into a amazing 5000  foot smooth silky carvy corn run!

Give thanks….K2, Go-Westy, Beyond Coastal Sun Care, Scarpa, Smith Optics, Mt Khakis, Mammut, Asterisk, Cleveland Coffee Co, Chums and Zenergy for spreading the Mt. Niceness.

Next stop…..the Westy is heading south to float and fly fish on the Rogue River!

Blessings~Danny Walton