Stomping groundsPat McCarthy's been keeping it local this winter and putting in a lot of time at Stevens Pass. This is McCarthy's old stomping grounds. It's where he learned to ride, compete and turn his passion into a profession. Says McCarthy of this winter's weather, "We had the early season dump and were off to the races. It was the best opening day in 10 or 12 years. Then there was kinda a lull through February. But everything is filled in really good, so now whenever we get any new it's on. I'm really looking forward to utilizing the longer days this spring."