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Friday, December 11, 2009
Updated: December 15, 12:09 PM ET
Sage Video Blog #1

By Sage Cattabriga-Alosa

Sage Video Blog #1 Backstory: With winter rolling along people everywhere are buzzing on the slopes and early season is great because the buzz is easy to catch: One fast turn, a modest face shot of powder, a small jump. This gets the heart racing and stoke-meter pinned—even if Mother Nature is slow to deliver. Low tide, warm temps, sub-zero missions—bah!—people love skiing so much they aren't deterred by hinderances like these.

Anyway, the crew at sent me over a pocket-sized flip video camera to test out and, hopefully, capture some of the unrelenting stoke that oozes out of skiers everywhere. My first mission: Chasing snow in the North West. I rolled back to Utah after a movie premier/family visit to the East Coast and within hours of getting home made a quick decision to head out on a road trip. Along with my friend and pro photographer, Adam Clark, we decided to get on the road the next morning early and blast to Washington where an early-season storm cycle had pounded the mountains, bringing record snowfall to many resorts. Our only plan was to be flexible, and have fun; it took us to Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass, and Whistler-Blackcomb. We skied every day and linked up with many locals, friends, and pros along the way. Stoke was, indeed, everywhere.