Words & Photos: Frankie Devlin There are a few things you can count on every year at the Mt Baker Splitfest: friendly faces, a killer raffle, endless terrain and unpredictable weather. The first Baker Splitfest was started in 2010 by Bob Rodgers and Terry Schmidbauer with the hopes of connecting the community, having a good time and promoting backcountry safety through educational sessions and fundraising for the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC). Since then, there have been super deep years, super wet years and everything in between but the good times with great people are present regardless. 2017 was no exception...
With a wood-burning heater, stylin’ stereo set-up, and a functional roof, this hut provided the much needed base-camp for our team’s desired early season trip.
During any given season in the San Juans, the number of days in which you are able enjoy fresh powder that is bonded well to a deep and stable snowpack beneath clear skies in the biggest alpine terrain will likely be counted on a single hand, if at all.
Fall is returning to the San Juans and that can only mean three things: snow is starting to make an appearance on the peaks above town, the last of snowboard and splitboard production gets kicked into high gear, and the Venture crew's shred flick consumption increases right along with it.
What exactly do we mean when we say that all Venture snowboards are made from scratch in America? Read on the learn about Venture's core production process and what it means to be proudly made in the Colorado mountains!