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Stay Fit This Summer With The K2 Crew

The K2 family at the local's favorite resort, Alpental
The K2 family at local’s favorite Alpental, WA

Staying fit and active in the summer is the best way to ski hard again once the snow starts to fall.  With mountains, ocean, lakes, and rivers all within a couple hours of the K2 global headquarters, we can’t think of a better place than Seattle and the PNW to call home.  Check out the ways some of the in-house K2 crew gets down during the summer months to stay in ski shape all year long.

Liza Bee Hodgins – Finance and Accounting

Liza topping out on Brother Peak in Olympic National Park
Liza topping out on Brother Peak in Olympic National Park

Most of my “staying in shape for skiing” is disguised as adventuring in the mountains with friends.  I ski year-round in the backcountry, seeking out the last of the snow before it melts in the Cascades, then turning to the volcanoes. If I’m not doing that I’m out riding trails on my mountain bike; I find it very similar to ski touring, spending most of the time climbing then reaping the rewards of your “suffering” by ripping down and high-fiving at the bottom. I also enjoy a good summit scramble or multi-day backpacking trip. During the week I bike commute most days, which helps me stay sane and also has the added benefit of being good for me.

Dan Mohr – Graphic Design

I inline skate on K2 Skate’s SODO for endurance and cardio, and aggressive skate on K2 Skate’s Unnatural in the parks on the rails and bowls, doing the flips and the jumps and grinders.  I paddle board to keep my core in shape, and I lift weights and do dips and pull ups and push ups to stay looking fly.  I love to run steps, keeps my legs strong for hiking.  I also hike a lot.

Valerie Long – Marketing Manager

The family that plays together...
The family that plays together…

My summer includes, spending a lot of time with my girls playing friendly games of beach dodgeball, running throughout the PNW, tennis, skating on Alki and lots of hikes throughout the West.

Thomas Kauffman – Supply Chain

Rolling deep with Thomas' MTB crew
Rolling deep with Thomas’ MTB crew

Mountain biking is my primary summer sport. I think it’s the perfect sport to compliment skiing. You get to navigate the mountains and woods while wearing shorts and t-shirt. Nothing beats a hard couple laps on Tiger or Tokul and then a post-ride dip in the river. It’s also one of the most physically demanding sports I’ve ever done. It keeps your legs and core strong so you’re ready to rip when the snow starts to fall!

Garrett Lund – Customer Service

Garrett, the fish whisper, in his element
Garrett, the fish whisper, in his element

Come summertime I’m already thinking about next winter but I do love summer activities. In the summer I find myself fly fishing, mountain biking, and trail running, and find myself on the road every weekend trying to escape the city. All these sports take me outside, but mountain biking and trail running have the most application to offseason ski training. I find that mountain biking keeps me practicing movements that have application to skiing. Its also just a fun sport that takes me around the west.

One my other summer activities is trail running. This sport was definitely inspired by my desire to try and stay in ‘ski shape’. Its an activity that  is great offseason ski training and it takes you into the outdoors. At the end of the day it just makes those hiking trails take less time. Really looking forward to summer and the sunshine!

Jesse Cote – Graphic Design

Jesse balancing work with play
Jesse balancing work with play

I spend my summer practicing falling over from headstands, jumping on boxes, spending countless hours executing the perfect hopscotch with 4-year-old twins, and yelling at people while training to teach boot camp.

Jed Yeiser – Ski Engineering

Jed harvesting a bountiful spring/summer corn crop
Jed enjoying a bountiful spring/summer corn harvest

We’re in the PNW, so the skiing never really ends!  During the spring and summer I split my time between ski touring adventures and getting out on the mountain bike (the PNW has some of the best riding in the world!)

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Chasing Snow – Where To Ski This Summer

Chasing Snow

If you know skiing, you know your season never really has to end. Many of us here at K2 have done back-to-back-to back winters, and the experience is a game changer. Whether you want to lap world class parks, work on your goggle tan while cruising glaciers in the northern hemisphere, or break out the powder snorkel down south, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite locations for chasing snow around the globe in search of an endless winter.

PARKS

Summer skiing starts now!
Clayton Villa boosting in Main Park

Mammoth Mountain, USA – Daily into August

Mammoth Mountain has had a killer season this year.  All that sun and snow make the Sierra Nevada the place to be.  The features in Mammoth’s parks are well maintained and meticulously shaped, and are sure to be dialed in into early summer.

Perisher, Australia – June 9 – October 10

Perisher is the premier park destination in Australia with seven terrain parks and Australia’s biggest halfpipe.  The park crew have been busy in the workshop building new features to add to the rail fleet, which is already the largest in the southern hemisphere.

Timberline, USA – Daily through mid-September

Timberline has been a freestyle leader from the start thanks to multiple terrain parks with enough jibs, jumps and pipes to keep even the hardest of the hardcore happy.  Much of Timberline’s terrain is dedicated to freestyle and race camps, but their public park is maintained and should be prime all summer long.

Cardrona, New Zealand – June 10 – Oct 15

Cardrona offers the Southern Hemisphere’s most extensive terrain park facilities.  From monster pro style features to beginner jumps and boxes, Cardrona’s park is easily one of the best in the southern hemisphere.

POWDER

Face Shots @ TC
Face Shots @ TC

Treble Cone, New Zealand – June 10 – October 8

Treble Cone is the the largest ski area and has the most vertical drop on the South Island.  With 45% advanced terrain, there’s plenty of steeps and drops to get the legs pumping and the face shots coming.  Not to mention, the view from Treble Cone is all-time.

Mt Hutt, New Zealand – June 9 – October 8

Mt Hutt provides prime conditions for knee deep pow turns with a altitude of close to 7000 ft and an ideal southeast aspect. Located just 30 minutes from the laid back town of Methven, Mt. Hutt’s bowl shape and steep sidewalls caters to advanced skiers.

Ski Portillo, Chile – June 17 – September 30

“The average annual snowfall at Portillo ski resort is about 25 feet. Portillo’s snow storms are typically short and intense, followed by bluebird days when the spectacular vistas can be fully appreciated.  As a result, the quality of the powder is often dry and the riding is unbelievably fantastic.”

Nevados de Chillan, Chile – July 1 – September 24

Nevados de Chillan boasts the most annual average snowfall in South America, and the biggest vertical drop in Chile.  Volcanic eruptions and rivers of lava have left a playground of mounds, bowls, natural half pipes, steep pitches, and drop-offs spread across the resort to get those creative skiing juices pumping.

PARTY

Sunny Squaw days
Sunny Squaw days

Squaw Valley, USA – Daily through July 4

2016/17 at Squaw has been one for the record books. The conditions are going to be prime for summer skiing through the 4th of July, maybe even longer.  If you have never wakeboarded, skied, bbq’d, and watched fireworks all on the same day, now is your chance.  Head to Reno after the on-hill Apres to hit the casinos or explore the up and coming foodie scene.

Zermatt, Switzerland – Daily through mid-November

Zermatt is known all over the world for its mountain parties and summer skiing, and its 50+ bars offer plenty of choice and variety. If you’ve never shredded in Europe, Zermatt is a fantastic introduction to the European mountain scene.

Hintertux, Austria – Year Round

Down the road from Hintertux, Mayrhofen offers up one of the best apres ski experiences in Europe.   The atmosphere in the umbrella bars and apres ski pubs are sensational.  The town also has a huge summer draw so there is never a shortage of events to attend.

Queenstown, New Zealand – June 10 – October 8

Located on the South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown is the jumping off point for two ski areas, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. Fantastic scenery, a lively bar scene, and a host of thrilling outdoor activities combine to make chasing snow for one week or an entire season in Queenstown one you’ll never forget.

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